If you love a marine city that has a history rich in jazz and other cultural aspects, Baltimore is a must visit. An independent city which is part of Maryland, the city is known to be the largest city with an independent status in the country. The metropolitan area of Baltimore has a population of about 2.8 million, which makes it one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. It is also a seaport, the second largest by the Atlantic Ocean. The city has an Inner Harbor, which has risen to be a center for manufacturing industries. The initial rise of manufacturing and rail transportation declined and soon it shifted to being a service oriented economy. The city has distinct districts for which it earns the title of “city of neighborhoods”. It has been the home town of famous writers like Edith Hamilton, Edgar Allan Poe as well as singer Billi Holiday, jazz musician James Blake and others.
To catch glimpses of the city’s history and cultural heritage one can start with their visit at Fort McHenry. It is a fort famed for the Star Spangled Banner theme which later inspired the national anthem of the country.
There are several museums to visit here. The American Visionary Art museum is known for unusual exhibits and sculptures. The museum has exhibits that are unusual, of the rotating kind and includes a garden area and two sculpture plazas.
Another is the Port Discovery that has interactive exhibits that are interesting for young learners. It is a museum that is made for kids and houses three floors of different exhibits, many that are made by the Walt Disney Company.
National Aquarium is an iconic place here that is known for the varied marine life exhibited here. There is a shark tank, a rainforest that has a walk through with guides and a dolphin show among other exhibit areas.
The city also houses the Maryland Science Center. The exhibits here on science are varied and interactive. There is a rooftop observatory as well as a planetarium. The center also houses an IMAX theatre.