Soaring Tower by the Harbor



The World Trade Center in Baltimore is an attraction located at the Inner Harbor that is often overlooked. Rising over a variety of restaurants, shopping, clubs, and landmark attractions like the city's National Aquarium, the World Trade Center is often passed up in favor of other options. But if you are planning a visit to Baltimore's Harbor, consider visiting their World Trade Center and taking in one of the most breathtaking views of the city's skyline.

Baltimore's World Trade Center is located between the Harborplace pavillions and the Power Plant. It is the world's largest five-sided building. Designed by archictects Henry Cobb and Perhing Wong, who were part of the firm of famous architect I.M. Pei, the building was completed in 1977. The cost to build the building was $22 million. Its observation deck, called the "Top of the World'' attraction is open year round and rises to 423 feet. It offers visitors a 360 degree view of Baltimore's downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Inside the World Trade Center in Baltimore is office space occupied by a variety of companies and the Maryland Port Administration. The observation deck area also features exhibits about Baltimore and its economic renaissance. Located in the center of the city's resurgance, the building is a great place to learn about the development of the Harbor and how it has helped the cities economy over the three decades it has been in operation. Top of the World offers access for those with disabilities and a gift shop where you can pick up a great Baltimore treasure or souvenir of your trip.

During the summer, the observation deck is the location for Saturday Sunsets at the Top, a program that features great views and jazz concerts. There is no better place in town to relax and unwind then where the views are the greatest in town. Located near Harbor Place, you will find a variety of activities and dining establishments to enjoy once you have experienced the views and history of Baltimore's World Trade Center. You can stroll by the Harbor, grab a bite of Baltimore cuisine in one of the Harbor's two pavillions, or enjoy some shopping at The Gallery or the Power Plant. If you missed out on tickets to the big game, head over to the ESPNZone at Power Plant. You can enjoy a drink, have some great food, and watch all of your favorite sports on one of their numerous big screen televisions.

Just across the brick walkway from the World Trade Center is the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the USS Constellation. There are sometimes specials that offer discount admission to these exhibits, along with Top of the World, so if you are planning to do more than one of these, remember to ask about package deals. Just a short drive from the away is Camden Yards, where you will find Ravens Stadium and Oriole Park. Also nearby is Little Italy. As Baltimore's authentic Italian neighborhood settled by immigrants, there are few places in town where you will find better cannolis. For great views in the heart of the Harbor, head to Baltimore's World Trade Center.

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