Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Exploring Baltimore With Babes

Since moving to Baltimore City a year ago with our three kiddies under six, my husband and I are always on the hunt for Baltimore’s more kid-friendly charms. We have been thrilled to find that there is no shortage of childhood delights in this town and I hope to start sharing some of our best finds with you here.

First stop, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. This is our hands-down FAVORITE place to spend an hour on the weekends. On their 1.8 miles of track you can actually ride in any one of their four working streetcars which have been lovingly and painstakingly restored to their original, charm-laden condition. Our favorite streetcar is the “summer car” which is open on both sides to the elements and was once used to give “cool off rides” through the summer nights. For one nickel you could ride the summer car from 6:00pm to midnight, being cooled by the natural breeze of the streetcar before the age of air conditioning. Even a century later, its cooling breeze hasn’t lost its refreshing, romantic effect.

A family membership to the Museum for the entire year only sets you back $45. We regularly drop by on Sunday afternoon for a quick ride on all the running streetcars and head home. I suspect that as our oldest son gets bigger, we may soon find him volunteering his own weekends to work away on the machines—at least that’s what he tells us!

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