Waterfront Invasion - Chinasaurs Put
the Bite on Baltimore!
It seemed like they came out of nowhere.
One day the folks in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area were going about their
business as usual; the business of having fun. You see the Inner Harbor
is a welcoming place where people can take a relaxed stroll among the cafes
and shops that line the waterfront; a place where sailboats and water taxis
bob placidly on the sparkling water. No one would ever expect anything
less from this place where Baltimore comes to let its hair down. Then it
happened! Under cover of darkness the hideous hulks came ashore, one after
another, stomping and snorting with glee---a surprise Chinasaur invasion!
And soon all of Baltimore would be theirs, one bite at a time!
The invasion of Baltimore's Inner Harbor
this summer is not so far off from pulp fiction. It's absolutely true that
a seventy-foot long Mamenchisaurus has been sighted in the area. As scary-looking
as the big fellow is though, he's not in the mood to cause any trouble.
Actually he just wants to introduce you to all his buddies that are for
the time being camped out at the Maryland Science Center.www.marylandsciencecenter.org
The center is currently hosting an exhibit of dinosaur fossils from China
that's the world's largest traveling display of its kind.
The Chinasaur: Dinosaur Dynasty display
features a mixture of actual dinosaur skeletons as well as replicas made
by referencing actual fossils. Some are gigantic like the Mamenchisaurus
while some are no bigger than a medium sized dog. There's also a display
of animatronics Chinasaurs---robots if you will--- that are a combination
of cute and creepy. The animatronics dinos move their heads and necks and
blink their eyes but they also move their jaws and bellow like they're
just a little bit hungry! You can't touch these of course but there is
a hands-on area where you can feel dinosaur bones, "skin" and eggs.
The Maryland Science Center is just one
of many attractions located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area. The USS Torsk
SS-423 submarine is moored here and open for tours as is the USS Constellation,
the last Civil War-era vessel still afloat. The fish tanks are always bustling
at the National Aquarium www.aqua.org
and they also have a special display of odd creatures right now; jellyfish!
A walk through the aquarium's The Jellies Invasion: Oceans out of Balance
exhibit is mesmerizing with its tanks full of every variety of the dangerous
You can easily spend an afternoon at the
aquarium; stick around to see the rays being fed or for the dolphin show
after you're done marveling at the jellies. Everything in the waterfront
area is very easily navigated by foot; a beautiful, wide promenade hugs
the water and you'll find dozens of shops, eateries and attractions along
the way. Adjacent to the promenade is the boarding point for the Ride the
Ducks tour; this is an hour-long journey on land and at sea aboard a specially-built
amphibious vehicle that splashes right into the harbor at the end of the
tour. Once it's in the water the Ride the Ducks vehicle provides an unparalleled
view of the Inner Harbor area but before you get there you'll ride by some
famous inland landmarks like the grave of Edgar Allen Poe.
The Inner Harbor area keeps rockin' after
dark, too, especially at The Power Plant Live. The Power Plant Live is
a cluster of restaurants and nightclubs that are all behind one gate so
you only have to show your ID once to gain access to all the venues. There's
a dueling pianos bar, a concert hall and a large nightclub called Angel's
Rock Bar at The Power Plant Live so you'll generally have several choices
for your evening's entertainment. Angel's is definitely the hippest of
places; no doubt even the Chinasaurs would love to see the show when the
line-up features hot bands like New York's Sex Slaves and Baltimore's very
own Dicktaters. So there you have it---visit Baltimore's Inner Harbor and
mingle with rockers, jellies and dinos! Don't make the Chinasaurs wait
too long though; they'll be moving on to invade new territory at the end
of the summer.
Del and Eric of Sex Slaves.
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