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Baltimore Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise of the Inner Harbor

1. Baltimore Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise of the Inner Harbor

You are in for a very special evening the moment you step aboard The Spirit of Baltimore and are escorted to your private candlelit table. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while the crew casts off for the captivating 3-hour cruise around the Inner Harbor. Your waiter will invite you to feast on the cafeteria-style buffet, where everything is freshly prepared.  Choose from entrees such as pan-seared chicken breast and oven-baked flounder, fresh salads and a selection of pastas. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your selections over perfectly paced dinner music and never-ending views. While you are reveling in the delicious cuisine. Relax over coffee and dessert while you listen to fun curated music. Sip cocktails under the stars, then take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor deck in Baltimore while you soak in the views. Sample Dinner Menu Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables & Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce   Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce   Dessert Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display Menu Subject to Change Before placing your order, please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Baltimore: Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

2. Baltimore: Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

See Baltimore from a different perspective on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise around the famous Inner Harbor area. Sail along the coastline and listen to the onboard narration as it points out iconic landmarks such as the historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point, the National Aquarium, the John W Brown Liberty Ship, the USS Constellation, and more. Sail around the Inner Harbor, one of America's oldest seaports, and see some of the city's best attractions. Take advantage of both indoor and outdoor observation decks, and purchase a beverage from the well-stocked bar. Kick back and relax as you take in the sites and enjoy an animated narration of Baltimore’s rich history.

Baltimore Inner Harbor: 2-Hour Buffet Lunch Cruise

3. Baltimore Inner Harbor: 2-Hour Buffet Lunch Cruise

Grab the family, a group of friends, and head out on the water for a Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise. Beginning in the Inner Harbor and cruising along the Patapsco River, this cruise include 2 hours of incredible views of Baltimore’s historic and interesting waterfront attractions. See the Maryland Science Center, Federal Hill, Fort McHenry and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, among other sights along the route. Try tasty salads and entrees from the lunch buffet menu throughout the cruise and look forward to a sweet dessert assortment. Listen to fun music throughout the cruise. There’s never a dull moment aboard Spirit! The relaxed vibe and fun atmosphere make this cruise the perfect afternoon break. SAMPLE MENU Sample Dinner Menu Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables & Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Florets Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro Mashed Potatoes Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic Entrées Oven Baked Flounder Filet Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce   Baked Ziti Pasta Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce Honey & Sesame Chicken Scallions | Fresno Chilies Italian Beef Meatballs Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley Braised Beef Short Ribs Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Dessert Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display *Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.

Baltimore: Fells Point Walking Food and History Tour

4. Baltimore: Fells Point Walking Food and History Tour

Start the tour on the east side of Fells Point, where you will learn all the important aspects of the area, including the many interesting architectural and historic elements that make it what it has become. Learm about the industrial, residential, commercial, and social elements that make up this small neighborhood. Enjoy 5 stops in total for food tastings. Each stop been chosen to represent the best of the local cuisine. Taste some fresh vegetables from nearby farms, crab cakes, Korean-Polish fusion food, craft cocktails, and delicious desserts. Progressing from one stop to the next, your guide will delve into the history and culture of the neighborhood. Move from one story to the next much as you move from one restaurant to the next, which keeps the tour dynamic and entertaining. You'll learn the history of the city, how it played a vital part in the War of 1812, and the industrial heritage of the city. Finish on the West Side of the neighborhood, where you will enjoy a local dessert. The tour will take approximately 3.5 hours.

Baltimore: 15-Minute Helicopter Tour

5. Baltimore: 15-Minute Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies in a climate-controlled turbine jet-powered Bell 206 Jet Ranger for up to 4 passengers and see Baltimore from a whole new perspective on this 12-15 minute helicopter tour. Witness Fort McHenry and the Under Armour World Headquarters in the Locust Point neighborhood, and see the US submarine, USS Torsk, and a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the Port of Baltimore. You'll get to see sights such as Patterson Park, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Aquarium, the Inner Harbor sightseeing hub, and the iconic Natty Boh and Domino Sugar signs. If you are a sports fan, you're sure to love your unique view of the Oriole Stadium at Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium at M&T Bank Stadium. Get a unique aerial perspective of historic neighborhoods such as Downtown Baltimore, Fells Point, and Mount Vernon before beginning your descent. Land safely back down at your starting point filled with adrenaline and incredible memories.

Baltimore: Charm City Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

6. Baltimore: Charm City Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

Take a tour and discover the darker, hidden history of Baltimore with a professional guide. Throughout your exploration of the city, hear many chilling tales of hauntings and ghosts of the many historic landmarks. Visit locations throughout the Fell's Point neighborhood and learn the haunted history behind each one. Explore the Fell Family Cemetery and hear why only the males of the family are buried there. See if you can spot the spirit of William Fell, who died mysteriously at the age of 27. Discover "The Horse You Came in On Saloon", a notable bar frequented by writer Edgar Allen Poe. Hear of the local accounts of experiences of the paranormal that will stay with you long after you leave Baltimore. Choose to take part in the extended walking tour, and discover even more tales of ghostly sightings and hauntings in the city.

Baltimore Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

7. Baltimore Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Baltimore into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Baltimore.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.   The adventure begins in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and will take you on a journey among historic landmarks, sailing ships, museums, Little Italy and other great sites of the city.  Experience views and excitement of the Inner Harbor as well as the sights and smells of Little Italy.   Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play.  Stop for lunch along the harbor walk or grab an Italian pastry in Little Italy. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget.  Points of Interest on your Quest: Maryland Science Center USS Constellation Baltimore World Trade Center 911 Memorial Power Plant       Lighthouse Little Italy Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Baltimore: Whiskey Rebellion Trail Tasting Pass

8. Baltimore: Whiskey Rebellion Trail Tasting Pass

Explore 6 Baltimore distilleries and discover the history along the Whiskey Rebellion Trail during this self-guided tasting experience including a tasting pass for local spirits, whiskies, and cocktails. Meet the makers behind master distilleries, crack some crabs, and enjoy waterfront views. Included Venues: Baltimore Spirits Company: distillery with old-world distilling and forward-thinking products. They create the spirits that push the industry forward, including whiskey, gin, brandy, and amaro. (What's included: spirit flight voucher) McClintock Distilling Company: Maryland's only certified organic distillery, making award-winning whiskies, gins, and vodkas. (What's included: tasting light voucher) MISCellaneous Distillery: distillery featuring award-winning products created from raw ingredients, including all grains grown at farms near the distillery. Their motto is "live and drink by your own rules.” Get a taste of what this is all about. (What's included: 2 cocktails vouchers) Old Line Spirits: This location’s mantra is that a great spirit drinks best in the company of friends and, like a good story, deserves to be shared. Make Old Line part of your story. (What's included: spirit flight voucher) Sagamore Spirit: world-class waterfront whiskey distillery, open Wednesday to Sunday for tours and tastings. (What's included: distillery tour and tasting) Tenth Ward Distilling Company: woman-owned micro-distillery in the heart of downtown Frederick. Specializing in whiskey, brandy, seasonal liqueurs, and absinthe, they pride themselves on challenging the traditional style of distillation. (What's included: cocktail and spirit flight voucher).

Baltimore: Baltimore & Annapolis Skyway Helicopter Tour

9. Baltimore: Baltimore & Annapolis Skyway Helicopter Tour

Experience Baltimore and Annapolis, two of the most beautiful cities in Maryland, via the skies. All tours are in a climate-controlled turbine jet-powered Bell 206 Jet Ranger seating up to four passengers and offering Bose noise-canceling headsets. Have the chance to view the following sites from the sky: • Fort McHenry • Port of Baltimore and Seagrit Marine Terminal • Natty Boh Sign atop Natty Boh Tower • Patterson Park • Johns Hopkins Hospital • Historic Fells Point • Oriole Stadium at Camden Yards • Ravens Stadium at M&T Bank Stadium • Mount Vernon (Baltimore) • Inner Harbor • Baltimore Aquarium • Under Armour World Headquarters • Iconic Domino Sugar Sign • USS Constellation • USS Torsk • Locus Point • Key Bridge • Fort Carroll Sanctuary • Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus • Venice on the Bay • Bayside Beach • Gibson Island • Magothy River • Severn River • U.S. Naval Academy • Navy Stadium • Annapolis Marina • Maryland State House • Lighthouses • Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Baltimore Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

10. Baltimore Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

Discover Baltimore and uncover its strange and fascinating secrets with this app tour. Take a tour from the comfort of your smartphone, and the highlights of the city from the beginning at the inner harbor to the end at the Fort McHenry. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Explore the USS Constellation, the Baltimore Aquarium, and more on this picturesque stretch of walkway. Spot the locally famous “Mr. Trash Wheel,” a funky contraption built to keep Baltimore’s harbor clean. Head to the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park, which honors two African American heroes. Enjoy the atmosphere at the Horse You Came In On Saloon, which is supposedly the last place Edgar Allan Poe stopped on before his death. Visit Douglass Place, a neighborhood of historic homes built by Douglass himself. See the city hall, which has seen some seriously rowdy altercations over the years. Travel with an audio guide that covers Washington Monument, Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, Babe Ruth's house, and more.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 136 reviews

It was an elegant night out. The ambiance was wonderful- from the white cloth table service to the fantastically delicious food. Thank you Chef! The music was an added bonus and on a hot day the air conditioning was welcome! The Habor view was awesome. Seeing the sunset and the Habor lights come up was delightful. The staff was courteous. We totally enjoyed the cruise and highly recommend it!

This cruise was very well organized and well worth the price. The ship was extremely clean the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. The buffet style service was organized so that everyone was able to get their meal within minutes. We were quite surprised how tasty everything was, considering the amount of food they prepared. Highly recommend this cruise.

Everything was awesome! The crew and staff was so good, excellent customer service, start to finish! The food omg, never have I been somewhere and everything was good, no lies everything was great!

The scenery is beautiful and food is yummy. The music is a little bit loud. Hope you can play some classical music or songs. Gas smells. Overall we loved the 2-hour cruise.

Food was great. Staff were right balance of fun, yet professional. Good musical variety. Something for everyone. Overall great experience.