I'm back with more of the fun activities we did with the kids during our vacation in Baltimore.
Baltimore Streetcar Museum
If you are looking for something different to do with your little train lover and have exhausted the model railroad exhibits, the railroad museum, and a ride on a train, then take them to the Streetcar Museum. You will only need about an hour here, but feel free to stay longer. Once you purchase tickets to ride on the three streetcars, then you can ride as much as you want all day. The rides are fairly short, but very informative, the drivers stop about halfway to give you the history of each of the streetcars. Inside there are a few model railroads set up, they even have model streetcars on them.
The kids thought the (above right) streetcar was really cool. If you look closely at the seat Flynn is sitting on the gold bar alongside the seat switches the back of the seat to the other side so that riders can always face forward if they wish, or if they are in a group can sit together.
You can find details more details including ticket prices on the Baltimore Streetcar Museum website.
B&O Railroad Museum
The first time we took the kids to the B&O Railroad Museum they were sitting in strollers. This time we could barely contain the little man's excitement over the number of trains he could see. There are full size engines, model railroads galore, and you can even go on a train ride. There was also a play area with toy trains, train tables, books, and coloring pages.
You can find details more details including ticket prices on the B&O Railroad Website. I've also been told by a local friend (thank you Jill) that the B&O Railroad Museum in Elliott City is worth a visit too especially over the holidays when the apparently have a great holiday train display. Unfortunately we didn't have time to get out there this time though.
Port Discovery Children's Museum
If you are staying in a hotel and need your kids to let off some steam, especially when it's cold out, head directly to Port Discovery Children's Museum. There are three levels of fun and educational activities for your kids. Mine spent almost two hours playing in the three floor urban treehouse and another hour in the Wonders of Water room.
The water room is amazing. Not only do they provide Crocs for kids to wear so they don't get their shoes wet, but there is a wall dryer for them to dry off. In the top photograph you can see the giant bubble Marisol made around herself and there are tables for kids to test out making rapids, and to see which boats and toys will sink or float.
You can find details more details including ticket prices on the Port Discovery Children's Museum website.
Arundel Golf Park
The kids love a good game of mini-golf, especially after spending the past 6 months taking golf lessons each week. Marisol even scored two holes-in-one. The Arundel Golf Prk is open rain or shine, which is perfect for us, we aren't afraid of a little cold weather and the kids were thrilled to see that the ponds on the course were frozen over. It's right by BWI airport too, so there is a constant stream of airplanes coming in to land close by.
Carrie Murray Nature Center and Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
The Carrie Murray Nature Center is located in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. It is free to enter and the staff are very friendly, so I urge you to leave a donation. Inside you will find a room filled with snakes, frogs, birds, and other reptiles. They all have quirky names, and you may catch one of the birds whistling at you. Outside is an area for birds of prey.
There are a number of trails leading off from the nature center, known as the Gwynns Falls Trail. We took one that took us through some beautiful natural sculptures, then crossed the street to head around Gwynns Falls Trail down to the creek where we were lucky enough to spot a pair of purple finches singing in the trees.
Here is the route we took with the kids, it was 2.13 miles.
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