Saturday, November 17, 2012

Maryland – Wish List – Part 2

During my last post, I shared the 1st half of my top 10 wish list of places I still want to check out in Maryland (in no particular order).  Today’s post is part two.

6.  Bengies is a drive-in in northeast Baltimore that I’ve really wanted to go to.  It opened in 1956 and they have the biggest theatre screen in the USA!  They are open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and show two to three movies each of those nights.  Admission varies between $5 and $9 per person depending on the movies playing that weekend.  Drive-in movie theaters are almost gone and I’ve never been to one so I think it would be fun to visit.
7.  Lexington Market in Baltimore (just blocks from the Inner Harbor) is the world’s largest continuously running market (established in 1782).  The market houses over 100 merchants selling fresh produce, delicatessens/bakery items, fresh fish/poultry/other meats, candy, international cuisine, and general merchandise.  With that kind of history and that amount of vendors, I definitely want to check it out one day. 

8.  The “Top of the World” is located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center building at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.  The World Trade Center is the world’s tallest pentagonal building and from the “Top of the World,” you’re able to get a 360-degree view of Baltimore’s skyline.  I see this building every time I go down to the Inner Harbor, however, for some reason I’ve never made it to the top.

9.  Also in Baltimore, there is the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum.  The B&O Railroad was America’s first commercial long-distance railroad and is so famous that it is one of the stops on the Monopoly game board.  Today, the museum is on 40-acres of land and is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.  They have all shapes and sizes of artifacts displaying railroad history from 1830 to the present day.  The museum is located in the same neighborhood where back in 1829 they set about building the B&O Railroad. 
10.  Patterson Park is called the “Best Back Yard in Baltimore.”  This 155-acre city park in southeast Baltimore turned 100-years-old recently and offers visitors space for playing, festivals, dog walking, sledding, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.  There are basketball and tennis courts, ball fields, and a rec center.  But, most of all, I want to see the Victorian Pagoda and the 19-century Marble Fountain.

These are just the places I visited or would like to go and visit in Maryland.  If you know of anywhere else in Maryland we should check out, please leave a comment below.  Next, we’ll explore what’s just round the corner in Massachusetts.

* Pictures found online.

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