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At your beck and call: the wa­ter taxi’s on­de­mand ser­vice, plus city zones and tours

BAL­TI­MORE WA­TER TAXI Canopied ves­sels criss­cross the har­bor, mak­ing stops at Can­ton, Fells Point, In­ner Har­bor, Fed­eral Hill and Fort McHenry. Through March 31: Daily 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. From April 1: Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 11 p.m. All-day passes $12, un­der 11 $6, un­der 3 free. Buy on­board with cash, or charge on­line or at vis­i­tor cen­ter (401 Light St.). Weather per­mit­ting. www.bal­ti­more­wa­ter­taxi. com. 410.563.3900 SPIRIT CRUISES Scenic cruise and buf­fet on two en­closed, cli­mate-con­trolled decks. Open-air top deck, DJ and danc­ing. Lunch, din­ner, moon­light cruises. Times vary by day. $39.90$72.90. www.spir­itcruis­es­bal­ti­more. com. 561 Light St., 888.957.2323 Map D7

AN­NAPO­LIS, MD. Maryland’s cap­i­tal on the bay with his­toric sites, shops, seafood, Naval Academy, St. John’s Col­lege. 30 miles south­east of Bal­ti­more. www.vis­i­tan­napo­lis.com. 410.280.0445 EL­LI­COTT CITY, MD. Founded in 1772, com­pact “down­town” with bou­tiques, an­tiques, artist stu­dios and an 1830 B&O rail­road sta­tion (now a mu­seum). Fif­teen miles west of Bal­ti­more. www. vis­ithoward­county.com. 800.288.8747 WASH­ING­TON, D.C. An hour south via I-95 or I-295 (or MARC train). His­toric Ge­orge­town, the White House, Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, Lin­coln and war memo­ri­als, plus free Smith­so­nian mu­se­ums on and near the Mall. www. wash­ing­ton.org. 202.789.7000

CAN­TON More than 200 years ago, Cap­tain John O’Don­nell sailed into Bal­ti­more from China and named his plan­ta­tion for the Chi­nese port that brought him wealth. This once mostly Pol­ish neigh­bor­hood re­mains con­nected to its work­ing-class roots. Find shops, lively bars and cafes a few blocks east of Fells Point. Map G7/H7

On chilly days, wait­ing for a ride on the Bal­ti­more Wa­ter Taxi (this page) may not top the to-do list. But what if you could call for a pick-up at a spe­cific land­ing and have a boat ar­rive in 7-12 min­utes? Through Fe­bru­ary 27, rid­ers do ex­actly that with the taxi’s on-de­mand ser­vice. “Un­less there’s a car nearby, that’s a re­sponse rate that tra­di­tional taxis or even Uber can’t match,” says CEO of Har­bor Boat­ing Michael McDaniel.—

CHARLES VIL­LAGE Home of the “painted ladies,” Vic­to­rian-era row houses in bold col­ors, this neigh­bor­hood north of city cen­ter at­tracts artists and young pro­fes­sion­als. Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity and Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art add to the cul­tural, in­tel­lec­tual vibe, while the Waverly farm­ers mar­ket serves as a com­mu­nity hub. North of Map C1 FED­ERAL HILL The clay dome that rises just south of the In­ner Har­bor, bor­dered by Key High­way, Hanover and Cross streets, served as an ob­ser­va­tory from 1795 to 1895. Home to pubs, eater­ies and Cross Street Mar­ket, a block­long en­closed mar­ket­place. Map D8 FELLS POINT Wil­liam Fell, a Quaker ship­builder from Lan­caster, Eng­land, founded this mar­itime com­mu­nity in 1730. To­day the 14-block area bus­tles with young res­i­dents who like its ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory, cafes and tav­erns. www.fell­s­point.us. Map F6/7 HAM­P­DEN The city’s cen­ter of kitsch and fa­vorite lo­ca­tion for off-beat film di­rec­tor John Wa­ters. Pink flamin­gos adorn row house yards; ec­cen­tric shops line main drag “The Av­enue” ( W. 36th Street). North of Map A1 HAR­BOR EAST At­ten­tion food­ies: lots to dis­cover in this af­flu­ent com­mu­nity within walk­ing dis­tance (or wa­ter taxi) of In­ner Har­bor. Look for the gleam­ing Katyn Memo­rial land­mark sculp­ture. www.har­bore­ast.com. Pres­i­dent and Aliceanna sts. Map E7 IN­NER HAR­BOR An ur­ban re­vi­tal­iza­tion suc­cess story, now the city’s popular mar­itime zone thanks to Na­tional Aquar­ium, Maryland Sci­ence Cen­ter, his­toric ships, cruises and water­front paths for strolling. Map D6/7 LIT­TLE ITALY Just 12 blocks long at the har­bor’s south­east cor­ner. Known for its bocce courts, col­or­ful cit­i­zens and Old World food at many trat­to­rias. www.lit­tleitalymd.com. Map E6 MOUNT VER­NON Cul­tural en­clave with fash­ion­able res­i­dences, unique bou­tiques, The Wal­ters Art Mu­seum, Enoch Pratt Free Li­brary, Pe­abody In­sti­tute, Bal­ti­more Basil­ica and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment. Five blocks north of In­ner Har­bor. Map C3/4 MOUNT WASH­ING­TON An early “street­car sub­urb” and sum­mer re­treat for folks like H.L. Mencken, a 15-minute drive north­west from In­ner Har­bor. Luck­man Park, ceram­ics cen­ter, arbo- re­tum. Sul­grave Av­enue with shops and cafes in turn-of-the-last-cen­tury houses. Ac­ces­si­ble by light rail. Map C3 STA­TION NORTH An up-and­com­ing, rough-around-the-edges arts and en­ter­tain­ment zone north of Beaux-Arts Penn Sta­tion. Vis­i­tors head to gal­leries, eater­ies and the­aters. www.sta­tion­north.org. 410.962.7075 North of Map C1 WEST­SIDE Mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tions to this his­toric neigh­bor­hood just west of down­town, now a dy­namic, mixed-use ur­ban dis­trict. Visit his­toric Lex­ing­ton Mar­ket, Edgar Al­lan Poe’s grave or the spec­tac­u­lar Round­house of the B&O Rail­road Mu­seum. The­aters in­clude Ev­ery­man and France-Merrick Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Map B4

BAL­TI­MORE NA­TIONAL HER­ITAGE AREA His­toric sites, cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, arts venues, parks. Vis­i­tors track stops at War of 1812-re­lated sites with a com­mem­o­ra­tive “pass­port.” Self-guided her­itage trails. Ranger-led walks start­ing in April. www.ex­plore­bal­ti­more.org, www.nps.gov/balt. 100 Light St., 12th Floor, 410.878.6411 Map 2 C7 CHARM CITY CIR­CU­LA­TOR Free! Fleet of low-emis­sion buses run­ning daily along four routes at 10-minute in­ter­vals. Stops in­clude In­ner Har­bor, Fells Point, Johns Hop­kins hos­pi­tal, B&O Rail­road Mu­seum, Penn Sta­tion and Fort McHenry. www.charm­c­ity cir­cu­la­tor.com. Of­fice at 417 E. Fayette St., 410.350.0456 Map D5 CHARM CITY FOOD TOURS Walk­ing tours ex­plore his­toric neigh­bor­hoods and sam­ple dishes at fam­ily-owned restau­rants and shops. Choose from Fells Point, Fed­eral Hill or Lit­tle Italy. Wed.-Sun. 3- 6:30 p.m. $53-$58. www. bal­ti­more­food­tours.com. 800.979.3370 CHARM CITY PEDAL MILL The 16per­son cov­ered “bi­cy­cle” takes ped­alers on pub crawls and tours through the streets of Fells Point. Cus­tom routes avail­able. Op­er­ates in most weather. Ages 18 and up. From $25. Times vary; check web­site. www. charm­c­i­type­dalmill.com. 443.956.6455 EXECUCAR At more than 55 air­ports around the coun­try, sedan and SUV ser­vice with flat rates, meet-and-greet and group ser­vices plus fre­quent flier points and miles with se­lect air­lines. www.execucar.com. 800.410.4444 MARYLAND TRAN­SIT AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION MTA Lo­cal and ex­press buses, light rail, sub­way and spe­cial sports ser­vice to the Bal­ti­more met­ro­pol­i­tan area and the Bal­ti­more-D.C. cor­ri­dor. Open daily. Day pass ($3.50) good for lo­cal buses, light rail and the Bal­ti­more sub­way. www.mta­mary­land.com. 6 St. Paul St., 410.539.5000 Map C5 SEGS IN THE CITY Seg­way City Sa­fari tour of Fells Point and the In­ner Har­bor. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Ages 14 and up. 90-minute tour $60. Daily 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (con­firm by phone). www.segsinthecity.com. 207 S. Albe­marle St., 410.276.7347 Map F7 SUPERSHUTTLE Serv­ing more than 40 air­ports na­tion­wide with af­ford­able, 24/7 trans­port. Door-to-door ser­vice, group rates, char­ters and fre­quent flier points and miles with se­lect air­lines. www.supershuttle.com. 800.258.3826 VINO 301 Tours of Maryland winer­ies with trans­porta­tion pro­vided. Op­tions in­clude re­gional, choco­late pair­ing, spe­cial oc­ca­sion, cor­po­rate or cus­tom tours. Lasts 4-5.5 hours. From $87. www.vino301.com. 301.807.2683

AU­THEN­TIC BAL­TI­MORE On­line re­source op­er­ated by the Bal­ti­more Na­tional Her­itage Area. High­lights “best-kept se­crets” (mu­se­ums, parks, restau­rants) in his­toric neigh­bor­hoods. www.au­then­ticbal­ti­more.org. BAL­TI­MORE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER Be­tween Har­bor­place and the Maryland Sci­ence Cen­ter, the site pro­vides shop­ping in­for­ma­tion, din­ing reser­va­tions and touch-screen kiosks for in­stant guides plus tick­ets for events and attractions. Daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. (call for sea­sonal hour changes). www.vis­it­bal­ti­more.org. 401 Light St., 877.225.8466 Map C7 FELLS POINT VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER Ad­vice for lo­cat­ing pubs, eater­ies and en­ter­tain­ment plus in­for­ma­tion about the area’s his­tory and guided tours. Tues.Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. till 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. www.fell­s­point.us. 1724-26 Thames St., 410.675.6750 Map F7

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