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Living Like a Local in Frederick, Maryland

Author: soliteyah (More Trip Reviews by soliteyah)
Date of Trip: August 2008

One last downtown favorite of ours is Baker Park, a huge municipal park with walking trails, a small lake, six tennis courts (with lights), and a big public pool. It was free to use the tennis courts and trails; we didn't go to the pool, but I'm fairly sure an entrance fee applies.

Day Trip to Baltimore
Baltimore and Washington D.C. are each only about an hour away. We recently took a great day trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, which I hadn't visited for several years. The aquarium is starting to show its age a bit (thanks to gray concrete walls and dim lighting), but it's still a fabulous and fascinating place. We started off with a dolphin show for the benefit of the 4-year-old in our party, and then spent a while simply watching the dolphins swim around from the viewing area at tank level. It was mesmerizing for all of us, not just the 4-year old!

One of my favorite parts of the aquarium has always been the steamy tropical rain forest on the top level, where you can see sloths and colorful birds. Also popular is the huge main-level tank featuring rays, sharks and a giant Amazon River turtle. (That thing must be ancient -- I remember the turtle from when I visited the aquarium as a little girl!)

If I had any complaints, it's how absolutely packed the aquarium was the whole time we were there. Even though they sell timed admission tickets, the place is mobbed on the weekends, so keep that in mind if you're planning a trip.

We finished our day with dinner at Phillips, a seafood restaurant right on the Inner Harbor. It's pricey, but you absolutely cannot find a better crab cake!

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