Since its renovation in 1980, the Inner Harbor has become a bustling place for tourists and natives alike to shop, dine, drink, and be entertained. The two pavilions offer shops such as The Discovery Store, various clothing boutiques, Baltimore souvenirs, and numerous specialty shops. Across the bay, Barnes and Nobles has a three-story location in the renovated power plant complete with a coffee bar to warm up at during the colder months.

After a few hours of shopping, visitors can find refreshments at the food court, in the Pavilion restaurants, or close by such as The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Capitol City Brewing Company, City Lights Seafood Restaurant, Hard Rock Café, Legal Seafoods, M&S Grill, McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Morton’s Steakhouse, Phillips Seafood, The Rusty Scupper, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Shula’s Steakhouse, Tex Mex Grill, Tio Pepe, and Windows at the Renaissance Hotel.

The new 8,000 square-foot Visitor’s Center offers a starting point for travelers and provides information via touch screen kiosks, brochures, assistance in making dining and lodging reservations, tickets and directions to various events and attractions, and an 11-minute film on the features of Baltimore. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is located on the west shore of the Inner Harbor.

The ESPN Zone offers a unique experience since the entire upper level is comprised of sports games including air hockey, basketball, golf, soccer, and waverunner and sports car racing. You can come just to play the games or grab a drink and have dinner. On the menu are burgers, ribs, steaks and more.

With so many activities, you can spend an entire trip in the Inner Harbor if you want.