Top Five Destinations of Baltimore
When I think of cities, I think there are three ways to experience them. One, live in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, right downtown, or in the case of Los Angeles, one of the many pockets of town that make up the Los Angeles basin, before you cross into the valleys, Orange County or the Inland Empire. Two, go out to the suburbs, the refuge for those that want a lawn or do so in consideration for their kids, once they settle down. Three, get thee to the country at least an hour or two away and find a nice, quiet, secluded place without much traffic, or maybe just a small town, and just visit the city every now and again.
I got to experience Baltimore in the third way as I lived in Delaware to go to graduate school. Delaware may not be perfectly bucolic, but considering I could jog by pastures without much effort, it’ll do for the east coast. I could drive just an hour away and make it to Baltimore and for the first item on my list, I’ll tell you about my first trip.
So, I went to graduate school during Cal Ripken’s streak week. It was a day where I got out of class early and I didn’t have to worry about much the next day, so I hit the road and drove to National Aquarium in Baltimore. I know I’d like to see the Kookaburra and the Puffin, but I can understand if you want to see the Green Moray Eel or the Moon Jelly. With 16,000, I’m sure we can all find a favorite.
I’m sure I’m not the only guy to grow up liking codes. Writing secret messages that no one else can read without my secret code key. But, mine were simple ciphers and nothing like the possible complexities you can find at the National Cryptologic Museum. I would suggest taking a guided tour where you learn about codes and their places in the Civil War through the Vietnam War and into the present.
At first, I saw “The Wire Tour” as part of Wikitravel and thought it was probably some joke or a crazy made-up travel plan created by a German teen. Then, I saw the pictures of someone that took the tour in August of 2011. Now, I know I want to take the tour as well.
If I didn’t go to a baseball game when I visited Baltimore, I usually joined my friend Lisa and headed over to Fell’s Point. Lovely ladies filled the streets and there were plenty of places to get a good drink. On one trip, after a few of those drinks and while enjoying the company of some of those lovely ladies, I took my first visit to a psychic to get my palm read. I doubt I need to tell you that she was wrong.
There are over 16,000 animals at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I know I’d like to see the Kookaburra and the Puffin, but I can understand if you want to see the Green Moray Eel or the Moon Jelly. With 16,000, I’m sure we can all find a favorite.
Any suggestions for things that I missed? Any additional recommendations for the area? Just let me know in the comments.
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About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."