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How to Reach and Enjoy Baltimore's Inner Harbor

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Getting There On weekday mornings and evenings, you can take the MARC train's Camden line from Washington to Baltimore's Camden Yards station; the MARC Penn Line stops at Baltimore's Penn Station (http://www.mtamaryland.com). On weekends, Amtrak goes to Penn Station (http://www.amtrak.com, 800-USA-RAIL). The aquarium is also accessible via the Charles Center metro station, the Convention Center light rail stop and MTA bus lines No. 7 and 10.

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You can walk between the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium, or take the water taxi, which stops at both. (A one-day pass is $9 for adults, $4 age 10 and younger; 800-658-8947, http://www.thewatertaxi.com.).

To drive, take Interstate 95 north to Exit 53 (Downtown I-395).

What to Do "Chinasaurs" at the Maryland Science Center (601 Light St., 410-685-5225, http://www.mdsci.org) is open through Sept. 27. It costs $22.70 for adults, $16.70 for ages 3-12, $21.70 for seniors and military, which includes access to all the museum's permanent exhibits and learning spaces. Until June 21, the museum is open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; afterward, Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

"Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance" will be open indefinitely at the National Aquarium in Baltimore (501 E. Pratt St., 410-576-3800, http://aqua.org). The exhibit is free with the price of a general admission ticket ($24.95 for adults, $14.95 ages 3-11, $23.95 age 60 and older); the dolphin show and 4-D movie cost extra. The aquarium is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with later closings in July and August.

Catch a classic B-movie at the West Shore Park, adjacent to the science center, for free on Wednesday nights in July, starting at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.harborplace.com for a schedule of events.

For More Information For Amtrak discounts, hotel packages and "Waterfront Invasion"-related events, visit http://www.waterfrontinvasion.com.

-- C.T.


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