International travel is my favorite, but sometimes I think I need a trip and I don’t have a whole week or $1K to spend. That’s when I’m glad I live in eastern Pennsylvania. One of the best things about eastern PA is it’s proximity to other places. I live 5 minutes from the toll road, which can take me to lots of cool places, like New York City, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. So, when I first moved to PA and was ready for an adventure, my friend Allison and I jumped in my car and drove to Baltimore for the day.
What we did:
First we stopped in Charles Village to check out the pretty painted Victorians and get our morning coffee.
We did a drive by of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.
The main event of our day was the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. For aquariums I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only thing it lacked was one of those moving walkways under the sea. What it did have was a dolphin show, plenty of fish, and even a chance to pet a jelly fish!
After the aquarium we headed across the road for some Shake Shack. I got my standard Shackburger, fries, and shake, of course.
We ended our day in Baltimore with a walk along the Inner Harbor and a chat on the benches with a perfect view of tourists attempting to paddle boat.
Why you should go to Baltimore:
- If you live within a 3 hour drive it makes for a nice day trip and adds some variety and needed urban-ness to your life.
- The aquarium is definitely worth a visit if you like family friendly and fishy.
- It’s walkable, which is great because free parking is just a long (but not impossible) walk from where you want to be.