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Rusty Scupper location on the waterfront adjacent to Harborplace makes it a popular destination for tourists, but that doesn’t detract from its overall good food and service. You’ll get a panoramic view of the Inner Harbor while enjoying Maryland’s famous crab cakes and crab soup. 402 Key Highway. 410-727-3678
La Scala One of Little Italy’s most popular, family-owned restaurants and with good reason. Try their grilled Caesar salad and mussels steamed with spicy marinara sauce. An indoor bocce ball court can be reserved. During peak hours, parking can be a challenge, so take a taxi or walk from the harbor. 1012 Eastern Ave. 410-783-9209
Bertha’s For real character, nothing quite compares with Bertha’s in Fells Point. Stay in Baltimore for a day or two, and you’ll likely see a bumper sticker that says, “Eat Bertha’s Mussels.” Try the mussels prepared with garlic butter or with Guiness and onions. Great beer selection, too. 734 South Broadway. 410-327-5795.
Jack’s Bistro We didn’t even know what “sous vide” cooking meant until we discovered Jack’s Bistro in the Canton neighborhood. By slowly cooking certain dishes in airtight plastic bags placed in a hot water bath, overcooking is avoided and flavors enhanced. Try the Mac & Cheese & Chocolate appetizer and Guiness-braised filet mignon entrée. 3123 Elliot St. 410-878-6542.
Duda’s A popular tavern in Fells Point known for their crab cakes and burgers. Sit at the bar and get free peanuts and pretzels. Choose from a number of beer buckets that feature six different “theme” brews – the “Polish Bucket” was a real treat. First opened in 1949, today it is the oldest family owned tavern in Fells Point. Closed Sundays. 1600 Thames St. 410-276-9719
Anchorage Marina Located in the Canton neighborhood and near a water taxi stop, this is an alternative to getting a slip in the Inner Harbor. The location is great, so don’t be too disappointed that the docks and restrooms could use some TLC. 2501 Boston St. 410-522-7200.
Lighthouse Point Marina Also located in Canton, this is close to a Safeway, Ace Hardware and West Marine store. As part of the Baltimore Marine Centers (BMC), it offers first class amenities including a health club, pool, floating docks and on-site restaurants. 2775 Lighthouse Point East. 410-675-8888.
Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina Also part of the BMC, this is one of the most popular marinas in Baltimore. Ideally located, it is convenient to the city’s main attractions as well as a water taxi stop and the Rusty Scupper restaurant. Renovated in 2007, it offers wide concrete floating docks, a pump out at each slip and a fuel dock. 400 Key Highway. 410-837-5339
Inner Harbor East Marina Close to Little Italy and Fells Point, this 200-slip marina can handle yachts up to 125-feet. All the amenities including a pool with health club, floating docks, showers, laundry and 24/7 security. One of the best spots to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. 40 International Drive. 410-625-1000.
Harborview Marina Located in the district of Federal Hill among the tower and pier homes of Harbor View. Once a favorite place for liveaboards, it had earned a somewhat sullied reputation. But after BMC took over, things have changed for the better. A Tiki Barge Bar is on site, and you can pay a modest hourly fee to dock here while you visit the city. 500 Harborview Drive. 410-752-1122.
American Visionary Museum Don’t miss this wonderfully different collection of art created by untrained, self-taught artists. And be sure to visit the gift shop where you will find a fun selection of uniquely creative items. 800 Key Highway. 410-244-1900.
Fort McHenry National Monument Take the water taxi from the Inner Harbor or Fells Point and see this national treasure where the Star Spangled Banner was written. Watch the 10-minute orientation movie and take either a self-guided or guided tour. 2400 E. Fort Avenue. 410-962-4290
Maryland Science Center Fun and entertaining for children and adults, this museum is conveniently located in Harborplace. Tickets cost between $14 and $21 depending on age and admission to IMAX theater. Favorite exhibits are the Dinosaur Mysteries, Mummies of the World and Follow the Blue Crab. 601 Light Street. 410-685-2370.
National Aquarium One of the world’s best aquariums, you can easily spend a half day or more here. Three pavillons of exciting attractions with more than 16,000 animals from over 600 species. Daily dolphin shows and a 4-D Immersion Theater. Tickets: $22-$35. 501 E. Pratt Street. 410-576-3800.
Walters Art Museum Internationally recognized for its art collection, a visit here is worth the taxi ride from the downtown marinas. See an overview of art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. Check out the calendar of special events at www.thewalters.org/events/ Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. General admission is free. 600 N. Charles St. 410-547-9000.