Since 1996, the staff at Seadog Cruises has welcomed explorers aboard sophisticated, open-air speedboats for city tours. Over the years, they?ve led more than two million sightseers through Baltimore and Chicago on cruises that elucidate city histories, paying special attention to landmarks such as Baltimore?s Naval Reserve Center and Chicago?s Tribune Tower. Their fleet of sea crafts uses low-sulfur diesel and a four-stroke engines that produce lower emissions than older models, allowing eco-conscious passengers to rest easy and fish to finally open their windows for some fresh water.
Jump to: Reviews | That's the Spirit! Captain Bonnie Barnacles: In an era when most women were relegated to sitting at home by the fire knitting children to help with chores, Bonnie Barnacles dreamt of more. Stowing away on the S.S. Anti-Authority in 1778, she quickly organized a mutiny, dazzling her crusty shipmates with her cutlass juggling and partial memorization of the alphabet. Today, she and her forsaken crew still haunt the harbor, turning a pretty pence with their home jewelry-making workshops and inspirational cassettes.
Saying that someone “wrote the book” on a topic is usually an exaggeration. Not so for photographer David Muse, whose resume not only boasts breathtaking glimpses of Baltimore’s coastline, but also the book he penned entitled Photographing Baltimore, Annapolis, and MD’s Eastern Shore. David’s combined encyclopedic knowledge of photographic techniques and the city he calls home harmonizes perfectly into his walking photo safaris, which lead students through the visual splendors of the ocean side city while imparting camera fundamentals. During his Inner Harbor Tour, which was praised by Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post, Muse inspires his students to capture stories of the city as they point their lenses at the harbor's bobbing boats, towering World Trade Center, and wavering reflection the iconic Domino Sugar sign, all the while expounding on optimal aperture openings and which flash settings can blind a rabid Ravens fan. All of David's events—from his historic Fells Point photo safaris to his wildlife photography weekends and West Virginia countryside workshops—all weave in his expert tips, hands-on instruction, and thoughtful, professional critiques of each student's work.
A trip to the Inner Harbor isn’t complete without a visit to the historic ships. Kids can board the 19th-century USS Constellation to learn about the lives of boys who served as “powder monkeys” during the Civil War, or explore the decks of the World War II-era submarine USS Torsk.
Few other places, if any, offer the panoramic views of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay afforded by Top of the World. Located on the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, the observatory features unimpeded 360-degree views that look out onto the city and its historic Inner Harbor. But no picture of Maryland's urban center would be complete without a zoom-in on its people. Here, that's provided by local guides who reveal fascinating facts and personal reminiscences about the city. They also dole out mini history lessons about Baltimore's most famous residents, including star Ravens quarterback Edgar Allen Poe.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.