Now there's an idea - maybe we could lure Belmondo along for the occasion. There's also (about an hour between them) the Trolley Museum
in Wheaton Regional Park. Or some of the other Baltimore attractions (Zoo, Aquarium, Constellation).
I read something recently in the Morning Fishwrap about the Trolley Museum and how they just recovered from a flood or something. Interesting. Not to take away from that, but Baltimore has one as well:
The only concern is Wheaton to Baltimore is more like an all-day or weekend affair. The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is a little closer, but still requires a drive through town.
The Aquarium is making a big splash (sorry) about their new Australian 'Wild Extremes' wing that opens this week (Dec. 16). It is a permanent new exhibit that includes a 35-foot waterfall and some impressive stats:
- 64,500 square feet
- 120 feet high at the tallest point
- 1 hand-knotted metal screen, measuring 15,000+ square feet, to keep the birds, bats and free-roaming lizards safely inside the exhibit
- 120+ pilings, driven 40 feet into the harbor, support the extra weight of the new building
- 150+ plants, all indigenous to Australia
- 1,000 gallons a minute will tumble over the 35-foot waterfall
- 1,800 Australian animals
- 6,000 cubic yards of concrete – more than the capacity of the Marine Mammal Pavilion’s dolphin pool
- 33,000 square feet of crystal clear, low-iron float glass in the walls and roof
- 60,000 gallons of freshwater will circulate in the seven Australian-themed exhibits
Our Aussie and Kiwi friends may be chuckling to themselves because they get to see this for real, but for some of us this may be as close as we get.
Even without the Australia exhibit, the Aquarium can be a good photo trip (as long as the crowds are thin). They have a Rainforest section with some intersting birds, reptiles, and such.
Let me come back to earth and say that there could be some good opportunities up here in Charm City.