Kim Yates's passion for the macabre spawned from a 1973 ride through the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, after which the child collected props and crafted monsters for her parents' front porch. Over the next several decades, Kim channeled her energy into drumming for a Baltimore metal band and building a sprawling Halloween attraction in her front yard and then watching it blossom into a full-scale haunted house in 1994. Despite various relocations, her indoor haunt has been growing ever since.
Featured in the Baltimore Sun, Kim?s Krypt sets Charm City teeth chattering with 25- to 30-minute adventures teeming with unexpected spooks and surprises in a show that adds new scenes annually. A terror-ridden tradition for more than 21 years, the indoor haunt invites brave patrons to test their nerve against killer clowns soliciting screams, zombies seeking fresh flesh, and blood-spattered apparitions recklessly searching for change for a $20 bill. Staffers fortify patrons for their harrowing journey with a range of concession fare as they converse at the covered waiting area after receiving their first shock of the night in the form of free parking. A force of uniformed and plainclothes police officers patrol the building to ensure visitors scare in safety.
Sunnyside Cafe treats its guests to hearty American diner feasts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visitors rave about the eatery's celebrated fruit tea, which draws patrons from other states and dimensions with its fragrant flavor. Diners also delight in the popular chicken and waffle sandwich, meaty burgers, whole-grain waffles topped with fruit, or flavored waffles and pancakes, including a snickerdoodle waffle.
Baltimore Helicopter Services whisks their clientele away from the workaday hubbub of gridlocked traffic with the help of their fleet of luxurious charter helicopters. With a service area ranging from Norfolk to New York, the choppers can transport passengers to Pittsburgh in just 90 minutes. Taking off from their helipad located near Inner Harbor, the first-class helicraft also zip through city tours promising unobstructed sky-high sightlines, helping passengers snap shots of skyline residents including the Legg Mason Building, the Baltimore World Trade Center, and the 70-story statue of Cal Ripken, Jr.
Even as a flight attendant and marketing salesperson, Belinda Magruder never forgot her younger years as a crewmember aboard international sailing charters. The freedom of clinging to the wind as the boat raced across open waters continued to call to her, and one day she got an opportunity to go back. After a chance ad for a marketing position led Belinda to work for Getaway Sailing, she eventually took over the company. Since then, Belinda has filled Getaway Sailing's school with American Sailing Association–certified instructors, many of whom were raised on the bay and grew up manning the rigging of their families' ships. Some of the school's captains hold merchant mariner's licenses and boast year-round experience in running freighters via tugboat or beating Poseidon in weekend poker games.
A fleet of 17 boats at lengths of up to 35 feet conveys passengers through classes covering navigation and cruising, as well as certification courses and team-building trips. With the water gently patting hulls, boats cut through the sunshine and across the Inner Harbor or to the Francis Scott Key Bridge on day charters, or take longer trips to farther-flung stretches of aquamarine around Rockhall, Oxford, and St. Michaels. Evening races let larger boats jockey competitively with snails snapping a staccato rhythm against the darkening sky, and harbor sails put small groups out with a skipper, leaving them free to bar-hop or heckle passing schools of fish. Getaway Sailing's instructors immerse their students in the insular sailing world and have drawn members from as far as Hershey, including patrons who have volunteered to help staff the school's booth at boating trade shows.
Major cities on the East Coast are shrouded in history, which makes them natural breeding grounds for spooky stories and ghostly activities. During nighttime tours that last between 90 minutes and two hours, the HauntedDistrict peels back the masks on some of America's most iconic neighborhoods. Following knowledgeable guides, groups tip-toe past buildings, through parks and cemeteries, and around other areas that are notorious for their paranormal occurrences. In Washington DC, for instance, HauntedDistrict tours explore the steps from The Exorcist, while in Philadelphia, they search for the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, who typically leaves a trail of inventions in his wake.
At the helm of his 46' boat, Lady Luck, Captain Don Marani captains crews into the Chesapeake Bay's plentiful waters. Along with small groups of up to six, he leads fishing expeditions out to the best spots, where clients propel their lines for rockfish, perch, and catfish. Aboard the Lady Luck, you'll enjoy an outside canopy to stay out of the sun, a large area where you can fish, and a private bathroom. Beverages and box lunches are also available.