Baltimore Office of Promotion, 200 W. Lombard St., (800) 282-6632.
Baltimore-Area Convention and Visitors Association, 12th Floor, USF&G Tower, 100 Light St., (410) 837-4636.
Amanda's Regional Reservation Service for Bed and Breakfasts, 1428 Park Ave., (410) 225-0001.
African-American Renaissance Tours, 10 E. Lee St., (410) 727-0755. City tours highlighting African-American landmarks and historical sites.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900. Deemed by a unanimous congressional vote to be America's official "national museum, repository, and education center for the best in original, self-taught artistry," AVAM transforms common dreams, loss, hopes, and ideals into works of art.
Babe Ruth Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Orioles home-game days, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539. Photographs, films, and exhibits highlighting the Babe's life and career, the Orioles, and the baseball in Maryland.
Baltimore Civil War Museum, 601 President St., (410) 385-1675. Learn about Baltimore's little-known involvement in the Underground Railroad and other Civil War stuff.
Baltimore Maritime Museum, Pier 3, Inner Harbor, (410) 396-3453. Collections include the only Pearl Harbor combatant still afloat and the last U.S. ship to sink an enemy vessel in World War II.
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 396-7100. Summertime exhibits at this impressive museum near Johns Hopkins University include Chantilly: The Black Lace (to Oct. 15), exploring the history and production of ultra-fashionable Chantilly lace; and Art in a Day's Work: Prints from the WPA (June 11-Sept. 24), featuring engravings, lithographs, and woodcuts created under the aegis of the New Deal-era Work Projects Administration.
ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St., (410) 986-1310. A sports-themed dining and entertainment complex. Wanna be like Mike? Try the variety of "interactive" games in the sports arena. Wanna watch real athletes do their thing? Catch a broadcast on one of many, many TVs. And do it all while eating food priced so high you'll feel like you're really at a pro game.
Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-0341. This 1850s Italianate mansion on 26 landscaped acres houses rare book collections, fine and decorative arts, and extraordinary gardens.
Great Blacks in Wax Museum,1601-03 North Ave., (410) 563-3404. The name says it all. It's the nation's first black-history wax museum, with more than 100 life-size wax figures in dramatic historical scenes.
Harbor Boating and Water-Taxi, (410) 563-3901.
Travel across the water to a harbor destination, or just cruise around for the hell of it.
Hard Rock Cafe, 601 E. Pratt St., (410) 347-7625. View a collection of rock-music memorabilia, eat an overpriced meal, and pick up a T-shirt for that friend who has an inexplicable desire to own a shirt from each location in the Hard Rock chain.
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, www.mdsci.org. Discover the world of science by enjoying the center's three floors of hands-on exhibits, see cool films on the IMAX theater's five-story screen, and learn about the heavens at the Davis Planetarium.
National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, www.aqua.org. Come face to face with the creatures of the deep, including dolphins and sharks. And be prepared for a bad hair day as you enter the rooftop tropical rain forest--but rest assured, it will be well worth it.
Planet Hollywood, Pratt Street pavilion, Harborplace, East Pratt and Light streets, (410) 962-1479. A jewel in the Inner Harbor's Triple Crown of cheesy theme restaurants, this one featuring movie memorabilia and merchandise.
Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, $7-$10. This interactive, Disney-designed children's museum should keep the kids occupied for hours.
Potter's Guild of Baltimore, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, (410) 235-4884. A cooperative ceramic-arts complex, the Potters Guild offers demonstrations and classes. For those who only want to buy and don't want to do, there is a sales gallery.
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, 844 E. Pratt St., (410) 837-1793. This National Historic Landmark was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who was commissioned during the War of 1812 to sew the flag for Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to what became our national anthem.
Top of the World Observation Level, 27th floor, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., (410) 837-4515, www.bop.com. A panoramic view of the harbor and the city awaits you, along with exhibits on Baltimore's past, present, and future.
Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, www.TheWalters.org. An incredible collection of more than 30,000 pieces dating as far back as the third century B.C. Ongoing exhibits include The Triumph of French Painting (thru July 16) which features more than 50 works by the likes of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso.
Bolton Hill, central northwest Baltimore, (410) 837-4646, (800) 282-6632. This quaintly restored neighborhood of 19th-century rowhouses was once home to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gary Moore, and the Cone sisters.
Federal Hill, just south of the Inner Harbor, (410) 675-6756. Named for its hilltop park overlooking the harbor (a lookout point during the War of 1812 and the Civil War), Federal Hill boasts beautiful colonial homes plus many restaurants and bars.
Fells Point, south of Eastern Avenue along Broadway, (410) 675-6756. Stroll through this National Historic District and enjoy one of the nation's oldest maritime communities.
Little Italy, east of the Inner Harbor, (410) 837-4646, (800) 282-6632. This Italian enclave welcomes visitors to eat lots of pasta and spend lots of money in its many, many restaurants.
Mount Vernon, the area surrounding the Washington Monument at Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place, (410) 396-0929. Once the city's most fashionable place to live, Mount Vernon remains an enjoyable area to go antique shopping, bar-hopping, or dining in a broad range of ethnic eateries.
Polish Festival, June 2-4, Patterson Park, (888) 225-8466.
Charles Village Garden Walk, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4, Charles Village, (410) 662-7777. Secret oases behind Victorian rowhouses show the possibilities of urban gardening.
Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 9-11, St. Nicholas Church, 520 S. Ponca St., (410) 633-5020.
Bob the Vid-Tech, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 15, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. This popular public-TV host presents an interactive childrens' show.
Abra-Kid-Abra, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 20, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Magic, music, and mystery for kids of all ages.
Mad Science Presents Spin, Pop, and Boom, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 22, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. This childrens' show explores the fun side of science. (Yes, there is a fun side.)
International Festival, noon-8 p.m. June 23-24, Market Place, (410) 396-1563.
OpSail 2000, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 23-25, Harborplace ampitheater, (800) 427-2671, www.harborplace.com. Celebrate the arrival of tall ships as part of their eight-city U.S. tour.
Spats, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 27, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Little ones laugh until their sides hurt during this vaudeville comedy show.
Nada Brahma, 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 29, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Demonstrations of music and dance from various cultures.
Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration, throughout the day July 4, Harborplace amphitheater, (888) 225-8466. Celebrate Harborplace's birthday with live entertainment topped off at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks. Oh, celebrate the birthday of our nation too.
Mad Science Presents Up, Up, and Away, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 11, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Kids use household items to examine matters scientific.
Juggling Hoffmans, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 13, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Family juggling act--that is, juggling for the family, not of it.
Bob Brown Puppets Present Clowning Around, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 18, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Puppets tell circus adventure stories to children.
Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tales by Dana, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 20, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. The children's singer updates classic fairy tales.
Gospel Music Crab Feast, noon-4 p.m. July 22, Inner Harbor, (410) 484-5600, (888) 375-0080. An all-you-can-eat crab buffet served up with gospel and spiritual music.
Flumpa, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 25, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. That lovable frog Flumpa tells kids stories about rain forests.
Jamal Koram, 10:30-11:15 a.m. July 27, Federal Hill Park, (410) 837-4636, free. Children's stories of African and African-American life are told.
Hispanic Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 12, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 13, Patterson Park, (410) 655-5959.
India Day, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 13, Center Plaza, (888) 225-8466.
German Festival, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 18-20, Carroll Park, (410) 522-4144.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (410) 685-9800. Go see Brady, Cal, Moose, and Albert as they make a run toward the World Series. Ha ha ha ha.
Druid Hill Park, Druid Park Lake Drive, (410) 837-4646. America's second-largest urban park (really) dates from 1688 and is great place to jog, play tennis, or just relax.
Pimlico Race Course, Hayward and Winner avenues, (410) 542-9400. You already missed the Preakness on May 20 (or maybe you didn't, it's just that your memory of that day is a little . . . hazy), but you can try your luck with the ponies at the venerable Northwest Baltimore racetrack through June 18.
Antique Row, 800 block of North Howard Street, (410) 383-2881. Shop for treasures and collectibles from more than 75 antique dealers ("antique" being an adjective for what they sell, not the dealers).
Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-about noon Sundays June-December, Holliday and Saratoga streets, (888) 225-8466. Pick up your week's supply of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, flowers, and pastries while enjoying the aroma of open-pit beef and freshly brewed coffee. The Jones Falls Expressway overhead provides protection from the weather.
Harborplace and the Gallery, 200 E. Pratt St., (410) 332-4191, www.harborplace.com. Drain your credit cards dry at the more than 130 shops and eateries in these Inner Harbor mall complexes. Then contemplate what you've done at the harbor's edge or under the Gallery's gorgeous skylit atrium.
Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., (410) 685-6169. This expansive market, founded in 1782, offers fresh seafood, meat, veggies, and fruit.
Mondawmin Mall, Liberty Heights Avenue, Gwynns Falls Parkway, and Reisterstown Road. Baltimore's first enclosed shopping mall offers a taste of suburbia without having to actually go there.
Baltimore County Office of Tourism, 23 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, (410) 583-7313.
Ballestone Manor House, 1935 Back River Neck Road, Essex, (410) 887-0218. This museum in a historic house features American decorative arts from the late 18th to late 19th century.
Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015. Tours of Boordy's vineyards and the 19th-century barn where the grapes are turned into vino are offered on the hour. You get to taste some wine too. Woo-hoo!
Castle at Maryvale, 11300 Falls Road, Brooklandville, (410) 252-3528. Used in the 1997 Clint Eastwood film Absolute Power, this castle was built in 1917 and modeled after England's Warwick Castle. It's got a library, great hall, solarium, and terrace, all filled with antique furnishings.
Catonsville Historical Society, 1824 Frederick Road, Catonsville, (410) 744-3034, by appointment. The society is home to 18th- and 19th-century antiques and historical exhibits.
Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, (410) 321-7500. This great collection of antique firefighting apparatus includes more than 40 firetrucks dating from 1804.
Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, 516 Eastern Blvd., Essex, (410) 574-6934, by appointment. Now now, no jokes. Visitors to this heritage society can see a 1920 firehouse, lots of archives, and some old jail cells.
Maryland State Police Museum, Building G, Maryland State Police Headquarters, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 486-3101. Located in a circa-1816 building first used as a federal arsenal, this museum contains artifacts, photographs, equipment, and other memorabilia pertaining to the history of the state police.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 3555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, (410) 887-1818. Home to wildflowers, birds and other wildlife, and iron-ore ponds.
Maryland Arts Festival, 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays June 16-July 29, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, (410) 830-2787. Six weeks of professional theater, dance, music, and art.
Towson Area Fourth of July Parade, 10:30 a.m. July 4, (410) 832-2190. This annual event features bands, military units, floats, and a National Guard flyover.
Pomeranian Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4-6, Sheraton Hotel, Towson, (410) 879-1459. Presented by the American Pomeranian Club and the Pomeranian Club of Greater Baltimore, this show pits pooches from all over North America against each other to see who is the prettiest and the best behaved.
Baltimore Regional Toddler Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8, Montessori School, Lutherville, (410) 321-8555. Kids participate in activities and pet miniature ponies while adults examine the children's goods and services of more than 30 exhibitors.
Morris Meadows Recreation Farm, 1523 Freeland Road, Freeland, (410) 329-6636. This campground has 250 sites, a full-hook-up RV campground, tent sites, and cabins.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Loch Raven Fishing Center, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Towson, (410) 887-7692. The center offers canoe and boat rentals, plus it sells licenses so you can catch fishies from those boats.
Longview Golf Course, 1 Cardigan Road, Timonium, (410) 887-7735. This 18-hole golf course is PGA-affiliated.
Rocky Point Golf Course, 1935 Back River Neck Road, Essex, (410) 887-0215. Situated alongside the Chesapeake Bay, the longest public golf course in Baltimore County (yeah, they're bragging) includes 10 water holes.
Timonium Race Course, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 252-0200.
Hunt Valley Mall, 118 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, (410) 785-3770. Mall shopping on the north side of town.
Owings Mills Town Center, 10200 Mill Run Circle, Owings Mills, (410) 363-7700. Mall shopping on the west side of town.
Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 494-8800. Mall shopping on the north side of town, but not as far north as Hunt Valley. The inane parking garage here might make the trip up to Hunt Valley worthwhile though.
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