So, you find yourself in Baltimore with a burning desire to explore all the unique attractions this beautiful, historic city has to offer, but don't really have the know how or connections to know what's really awesome here.  Well we've got you covered, at least to start, with five different places that are uniquely Baltimore and cater to a variety of tastes.

The Maryland Zoo - Visit this third oldest zoo in the country and explore over 160 acres of exotic animals, attractions, and much more.  Their collection of over 2,000 animals will definitely intrigue and exhibits like the Polar Bear Watch where you can watch two of these beloved creatures frolick in a natural environment will definitely keep you entertained.  Other attractions include a camel back ride, and a place where you or the little ones can feed the giraffes.

Port Discovery Children's Museum - Port Discovery is one of the top five children's museums in the U.S. so you know the young ones will appreciate this.  Boasting three stories of fun and interactive exhibits for kids from ages two to ten, Port Discovery is the perfect place to let the kids burn off some steam while you relax and recharge.  KidWorks, a three-story urban treehouse, will have them busy for hours.

Inner Harbor - The Inner Harbor is a collection of establishments offering the best in Baltimore dining, culture, nightlife, and more.  This is a great place for a romantic, scenic date or a fun night night on the town.  Enjoy a tall pint of house-brewed beer at the Capitol City Brewery, catch some great live music at the Pier Six Pavilion, or simply walk around and enjoy the waterfront scenery and historic vibes of this great Baltimore neighborhood.

Fort McHenry National Monument - Fort McHenry was where our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was crafted in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.  In addition, Fort McHenry played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 where it successfully defended and stopped the British Army from invading Baltimore Harbor.  Today you can pay a tiny entrance cost (~$7), take a self-guided tour of this historic fort, and learn about why it's so important.

The National Aquarium - Located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium boasts a collection of 16,500 specimens representing over 600 different aquatic species.  Explore five stories of different aquatic life exhibits and see creatures in the flesh from stingrays to dolphins, and much, much more.