A Mother-Daughter Weekend in Baltimore

We recently went down to Baltimore for a mother-daughter weekend in Baltimore to attend the Digital Family Summit.  We freshened up our photography and video skills and Hannah enjoyed a fun cupcake photography session, but we also had time to explore one of my favorite cities.
We stayed once again at the Baltimore Hilton, conveniently located right next to Orioles Stadium at Camden Yards.  If you are a sports fan, this is a perfect place to stay for a weekend in Baltimore.  It is walking distance to the Orioles’ and Ravens’ stadiums, right next to the light rail station, and about a 5-10 minute walk to the Inner Harbor.  The Orioles didn’t make the playoffs this year but the Ravens were in town and I guess visiting teams stay at the Hilton (good to know!) because we watched as a crowd of out-of-town fans cheered for the Green Bay Packers as they boarded the bus for the game.  As an added bonus, Saturday morning was the Baltimore Marathon, which we were able to watch from our hotel room (which was city facing) and cheer those approaching the finish line from the conference level or outside the hotel. The rooms were fine, although could use a bit spiffing up.  Luckily the conference picked up the tab on the WiFi, especially since cell coverage, at least at the front of the building, is terrible (both times we’ve stayed here.) Parking is also expensive but convenient as you can self-park, but there are other lot options nearby.

Mother-Daughter Weekend in Baltimore

  • Maryland Science Center — this hands on science museum covers three floors with many permanent and special exhibits.  We didn’t have time to see the special Mummy exhibit, but we were impressed with the activities in Newton’s Alley, SpaceLink and the large dinosaur exhibit.
What to do in Baltimore with Kids - Maryland Science Center

Maryland Science Center

  • Chessie Paddleboats — this was top of my daughter’s list (behind breakfast at Miss Shirley’s, but more on that later).  I’m sure it was more fun for her than me as they are not the easiest to pedal, hard to see around the dragon neck, and awkward to steer (especially in the bulky life vest), but it gave us a different view of the bay and she enjoyed it.
Things to do in Baltimore with Kids - Pedalling a Chessie Boat

Chessie Paddleboats

  • Baltimore Water Taxi — unfortunately for us, the Inner Harbor cruises closed the day before we attempted to take one.  To still get a feel for the harbor, we decided to explore by water taxi instead.  Since Fort McHenry was closed due to the government shut down, that was also out, but we took a taxi over to the historic Fells Point area and then hopped around to other harbor spots.
Things to do in Baltimore with Kids - Water Taxi around the Harbor

Domino Sugar Building

  • National Aquarium — the very best thing to see in Baltimore is the aquarium.  Last year we spent a few hours there, so this year we skipped it (but can’t wait to go back.)
What to do in Baltimore with Kids - National Aquarium

National Aquarium

  •  Fells Point — we also took a half-hour stroll through the Inner Harbor and into Fells Point for dinner on Sunday, exploring the cobblestone streets lined with restaurants, bars, and shops.
What to do in Baltimore with Kids - Visit Fells Point

Historic Fells Point

Where We Ate:

  • Riptide by the Bay — we had a great time cracking crabs (see more in the first video above) and enjoying the local cuisine at Riptide by the Bay in Fells Point.  The front bar was filled with lively Raven’s fans and featured live music, but the back dining room was quiet enough to enjoy conversation and food.  The waiter gave a great demo on how to break down the crabs. Turns out my adventurous eater was a bit (by that I mean a lot) grossed out by the “guts,” so it became my job to clean the bodies while she tackled the claws.  Between us we were stuffed on a dozen crabs, a bucket of fries, and corn on the cob.
  • La Tasca –– before dinner we met up with a cousin and snacked on some tapas at this harborside Spanish tapas restaurant.  Although we only sampled a couple of treats, the location and atmosphere was perfect and the food had an authentic feel.  Much better than some of the chain restaurants in the Inner Harbor.
  • Miss Shirley’s — yes, I’ve saved the best for last.  We found Miss Shirley’s on last year’s sojourn to Baltimore and I have to say it will remain our all-time favorite and must-visit Baltimore establishment.  We’ve only gone for breakfast but the lunch options look equally tasty with a southern flair.  This time I tried the white chocolate and chocolate chip waffles with chocolate sauce (so decadent and worth every calorie!!), while my daughter had the raspberry and white chocolate pancakes.  Together we shared a side of applewood smoked bacon, cooked perfectly crispy.  My mouth is watering just thinking of it.  Highly, highly recommend.
Where to Eat in Baltimore - Miss Shirley's for Breakfast

White chocolate raspberry pancakes

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