Monday, October 5, 2009

Family Day in Baltimore

We took a day trip to Baltimore this past weekend. Although I yearned to explore the old neighborhoods near the harbor and stake out a charming neighborhood restaurant, we took the boys to the giant Aquarium, ate lunch at Potbelly's and walked through the Inner Harbor. 100 points to Ed and I for being such selfless parents. Grrr.....

This was our first trip to the Aquarium and it was [almost] worth the hefty price of admission. I guess I've been a little spoiled by all of the free museums in DC. Both Noe and Asher genuinely enjoyed the exhibits, and it is a rare day to find something that interests both of them, so that was a good thing. However, the Inner Harbor feels like Times Square, with water. It is still enjoyable, and I'm glad the area wasn't left for ruin....but I was still left scratching my head a bit. It has almost become that the only way we know how to revitalize an area in the US, is to use the Disney model.


Beth said...

Okay, I have so many awesome memories growing up in DC and going to the inner harbor. I really want to take my kids to the aquarium one of these summers that we come back. Why do aquariums have to be so expensive? They are like that out here too. Glad you had such a nice outing.

Jen said...

Seriously Beth....I was a little taken back...especially since it was the National Aquarium, so I assume they get some federal funding. We spent $80 for 2 1/2 hours in the museum. The exhibits were really wonderful, but really? Plus $20 for parking, and lunch. My inner cheapskate was in pain.

Have you been out to the Long Beach Aquarium? We took Noe when he was a toddler and we really enjoyed it.