We stopped there on our way back from Ocean City MD last year, and thought it would be nice to come back for a weekend. We decided to go there over this past fourth of July weekend. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn and although it was nice, seemed a little expensive since it didn't have a pool. It did come with tickets to the National Aquarium, which I would definitely recommend, especially if you have kids. It was all indoors and air conditioned - very nice since it was 94 degrees outside. There were a lot of chain restaurants like the Hard Rock Café and Cheesecake factory, which were located conveniently but always packed with long waits. I was really in the mood for seafood, but we would have to drive to the local places, and Phillips would have put our family of 5 into bankruptcy. Parking is expensive and the Fairfield was valet parking only at 30.00 / day. Walking around during the day was ok but there was always a hint of garbage in the air as you walked and there was a bunch of garbage floating in the waterways between the buildings. After the aquarium, we took the kids back to the hotel for a nap before dinner, and this is where a pool would have been nice for the bigger kids. Later, we walked back to the harbor for dinner, and stopped to watch a street performer for a while (he was very good). During his show we noticed some arguing? commotion happening behind him. Police showed up, and a helicopter started circling the area we were in with a spotlight. We decided to move on and found that they had locked the doors to the shopping areas, nobody could get in or out of the doors facing the harbor. We decided to move toward Ripley's because the kids wanted to go there, but there were hundred of teens / young adults gathering around there and we could barely get a picture of the place without someone walking in front of us. We decided to cut the whole night short and walk back to the hotel around 9:30. By then, there were plenty of strange people loitering around so we picked up the kids and walked swiftly back. We had to order pizza since the restaurant in the hotel looked more like it was just serving drinks. Pizza came from a place called Nino's and was UNCUT, besides being mostly cheese. We left the next day (Sunday) and drove through Little Italy but didn't really see anything to stop for. Then went to Fell's Point which was very quaint and looked nice but there was a very noticeable lack of people walking around. Some businesses looked open, but no one around. We just went home after that with money still in our pockets. Recommendation: nice place to visit during the day, but stay and eat somewhere outside of the city.
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