Pier Six Pav­il­ion

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Moored on a spit of land that juts into the In­ner Har­bor, this nightspot feels like be­ing on a ship (mi­nus the sea­sick­ness) and ser­e­nades with top ta­lent. Mu­sic fans sit un­der a soar­ing canopy, held aloft by 70-foot masts, or lounge on the lawn, rel­ish­ing panoramic views and cool­ing breezes. This sea­son’s acts in­clude Bos­ton on May 7 and Bare­naked Ladies with OMD and Howard Jones on June 26. See pier­six­pavil­ion.com.

When it comes to palate-pleasers, Bal­ti­more’s siz­zling din­ing scene de­liv­ers. Here, a few restau­rants cater­ing to ap­petites, big and small. For de­tails, see listings start­ing on page 26. FAM­ILY MEAL Young­sters at “Top Chef” alum Bryan Volt­ag­gio’s har­bor-side digs have their pick of fun—and tasty—fare from spaghetti and meat­balls served up TV din­ner style to house­made fried chicken. Bonus: It’s a mere hop and a skip from the Na­tional Aquar­ium. MO’S Mo Manocheh’s em­pire in­cludes Mo’s Seafood Fac­tory, Mo’s Crab & Pasta Fac­tory and Mo’s Fish­er­man’s Wharf. All are fam­ily friendly, with the crab and pasta out­fit serv­ing up an ex­ten­sive noo­dle menu with plenty of op­tions for tykes. JOE SQUARED Teens at this funky Sta­tion North pizza joint ex­per­i­ment with outof-the-box top­pings like chicken and Granny Smith ap­ples. Each sour­dough- crust pie bears the restau­rant’s name­sake shape and is baked in a 900- de­gree, coal-fired oven un­til nicely blis­tered. KOOPER’S TAV­ERN In­side this fun-lov­ing Fells Point pub is a pic­ture of a yel­low lab seem­ingly pop­ping open a bot­tle of wine. The fam­ily dog, it ap­pears, loved to have a good time, and the restau­rant that bears his name pays homage with good food (build your own burg­ers!), live mu­sic and an all-around con­vivial vibe. MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S This pop­u­lar up­scale chain of­fers a buzzy at­mos­phere and prime pa­tio seat­ing with views of the In­ner Har­bor. Mom and dad in­dulge in catches of the day and surf and turf, while chil­dren dig into cheese­burg­ers and pop­corn shrimp, plus ac­tiv­ity sheets. PHILLIPS SEAFOOD Lo­cated at the In­ner Har­bor, this fa­mous seafood main­stay serves up pop­u­lar kid fare (fish and chips, chicken ten­ders) plus frozen hot choco­late and ice cream sun­daes. Par­ents ap­pre­ci­ate the pop­u­lar crab deck with its wa­ter views and prox­im­ity to at­trac­tions like the aquar­ium and his­toric ships. MOTHER’S FED­ERAL HILL GRILLE This gus­ta­tory ma­tron feeds her guests well with a menu of com­fort foods, “95 per­cent” of which are made from scratch. Young ones sali­vate over burg­ers and sand­wiches and burn off those calo­ries with ar­cade games in the Pur­ple Pa­tio, a pop­u­lar gath­er­ing spot for Ravens fans.


The In­ner Har­bor out­post of this pop­u­lar Chicago-based group en­cour­ages hands- on in­volve­ment at meal­time. Wee noo­dle lovers play chef, build­ing their own pasta dishes, while pint-sized piz­zaioli-in­train­ing as­sem­ble their very own pies.

Harpers Ferry Na­tional His­toric Park

Fran­cis Scott Key penned “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” aboard a ves­sel here, Fred­er­ick Dou­glass la­bored in the ship­yards, and later the water­front be­came a model of ur­ban re­newal. The har­bor has al­ways played an in­te­gral role in the city’s his­tory. That’s why vis­i­tors craving an authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence hop on a boat. It might be one that fer­ries them from down­town to Fells Point or a his­toric ship moored at a pier. Some choose to cap­tain their own crafts, like pad­dle boats in the shape of mythical sea mon­ster “Chessie.” For de­tails, see pages 20 and 36.


For a his­tor­i­cal over­view, take the Leg­ends of Mar­itime Bal­ti­more Cruise aboard Wa­ter­mark’s “Raven.” Learn about one­time lo­cal Edgar Allan Poe and the de­vel­op­ment of Fells Point. In ad­di­tion to sight­see­ing, pas­sen­gers aboard Spirit Cruises sa­vor a buf­fet and boo­gie to the tunes of an on­board DJ. Vis­i­tors who want to feel the wind in their hair hop on the speed­boat Seadog, which ac­cel­er­ates up to 46 miles per hour. Fam­i­lies take their bud­ding buc­ca­neers on Ur­ban Pi­rates’ ad­ven­ture cruises, dur­ing which mateys blast wa­ter can­nons at land­lub­bers and learn pi­rate speak. For easy ac­cess to all the ma­jor sites around the har­bor, look no fur­ther than the Bal­ti­more Wa­ter Taxi, in op­er­a­tion for 40-plus years. HIS­TORIC SHIPS Four il­lus­tri­ous ves­sels float within walk­ing dis­tance of one an­other. Built in 1854, the USS Con­stel­la­tion was the Navy’s last sail- only war­ship. His­tory buffs tour the ves­sel and watch the daily can­non fir­ing. On the USS Torsk, vis­i­tors see the tor­pedo rooms of the sub that sank three Ja­panese ships dur­ing WWII. A tour of the USCGC Taney reveals the ship’s role at Pearl Har­bor. Com­pleted in 1930, the light­ship Ch­e­sa­peake guided mar­itime traf­fic for 20 years. Its ex­hibits in­clude a look at sailors’ ca­nine com­pan­ions.


Col­or­ful “mon­sters” are an In­ner Har­bor fix­ture. Vis­i­tors rent th­ese Chessie Pad­dle Boats, which hold up to four peo­ple, or the co­zier two-per­son mod­els.



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