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If you want to start your sight seeing with a great overview of the town, head to the Top of the World, World Trade Center, 401 E Pratt St., 410-837-8439. Here you can zoom 27 stories up to the observation floor where you'll have a panoramic view of the city and harbor.
You can also get a great view, along with the exercise of climbing 228 steps, at the top of the Washington Monument, N Charles St. at Mount Vernon Place. Next begin your earth-bound sight seeing at 800 E Lombard Street. Here you'll find the Carroll Mansion, 410-605-2964, which was built by Charles Carroll in the 1820s and is undergoing restoration.
If you are a fan of the writings of H L Menken, you'll want to visit his home at 1524 Hollins St., 410-396-7797. As you tour this 19th century home, you'll learn about his history and background as the "Sage of Baltimore."
To see more historic structures stop at the Basilica of the Assumption, 408 N Charles St, tours by appointment, 410-727-3565. This church holds the honor of being the first metropolitan cathedral in the US and mass is still held here daily. The designer, Benjamin Latrobe, also designed our nation's Capitol. You'll also want to stop at the Mother Seton House, 600 N Paca St, 410-523-3443. This humble home is where the first American born canonized saint founded a girl's school and worked so hard to improve the lives of those around her.
If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's, then you'll find his final resting place, along with many other famous Marylander's, in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, Westminster Churchyard, 519 W Fayette St, 410-706-2072. For something a little less morbid, head to the Evergreen House, 4554 N Charles St., 410-516-0341. Built in the 1850s, this 48-room Italiante mansion will amaze you with its lovely interior, fine and decorative arts, rare book collection, Oriental art, and Tiffany glass collection.
For outdoor fun head to the Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park, 410-547-8333. Here you'll find more than 1,200 beasties waiting to entertain and educate you. They feature an innovative Children's Zoo, America's largest colony of African black-footed penguins, and the African Watering Hole where you can spot rhinos, zebras, and gazelles. Then head to the National Aquarium, Pier 3, 501 E Pratt, 410-576-3800, where you can see 5,000 aquatic animals, including sharks, sand tigers, sawfish, and dolphin in 12 major themed exhibits. You'll find more beauty at the Cylburn Arboreum, 4915 Greenspring Ave, museums and library only open on Thursday afternoons, 410-396-0180. As you wander through this 176-acre estate, you'll find a variety of gardens, trails, a hands-on nature museum, a bird museum with dioramas, and a horticultural reference library.
History buffs will want to visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 24000 E Fort Ave, 410-962-4290. This is the site of a very important victory over the British in the War of 1812. You'll also find a replica of the flag that Francis Scott Key saw during the battle which inspired him to write, "The Star Spangled Banner." Another great stop on your history tour is the US Frigate Constellation, 301 E Pratt St, 410-539-1797. A visit to the Constellation will give you a chance to see the oldest American warship continuously afloat. When it was launched in 1797 from Baltimore, it became the first commissioned ship in the US Navy.
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