Day Three, Continued:
We’ve been thrust out of our comfy Queens beds and luxurious shower amenities into the sunny Baltimore Inner Harbor. hwat to do with five hours to spare? Lunch. Then sightseeing! There were a few options open to us for the day. First, was a suggestion made the night before, a visit to the Baltimore National Pinball Museum. Second, was the National Aquarium of Baltimore. Could we do both? Sigh, unfortunately not. We chose the aquarium as our first adventure, but afterwords we were pooped and hungry again, two things that don’t make for energetic pinball excitement. One thing though: Pinball Museum, I WILL VISIT YOU! Mark my words.
The Aquarium welcomes you with a 4-story, glass-enclosed indoor greenhouse, which you can see a little of here, just beyond these super-cool dragon paddle-less paddleboats:
The aquarium itself is a little pricey, but seriously, it was amazing once you got inside. You had the usual fish cases with apt descriptions and habitats, but then you turn the corner, and BAM, huge manta rays. Oh, and this guy, chillaxin’ as he swims around and around with his tiny face and HUGE teeth.
Rain came, we were soaked once the bus picked us up, and we rode home with a group of privileged Baltimore 20-somethings who spent the entire time regaling stories of nightclubs past while they networked with their ‘Meatpacking District’ friends for the night’s pre-gaming, and what I can only assume, actual-gaming.
Thanks Baltimore, IMLS, and Webwise folks. You were all exceptional, and I’ll be back post-haste! Oh, and here’s an old man eel for you: