When you think of stunning elevated city views, places like the London Eye and Chicago’s Hancock Tower come to mind. But Baltimore has its very own bird’s-eye viewing perch: Top of the World Baltimore. Although perhaps lesser known than some of the biggest city skyscrapers in the world, Top of the World Baltimore rises to the challenge, offering the incredible panoramic 360 degree views that the very best observation towers provide. Plus, it was even designated the 2015 Winner of the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
Top of the World is the perfect starting point for any visit to the city and provides a breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor and beyond. When you reach the observation area, binoculars and photo-map guides help you locate and learn about local attractions, sites and neighborhoods. (And don’t worry; there aren’t thousands of stairs involved: it’s a fully handicapped accessible attraction.)
Baltimore’s World Trade Center—the world’s tallest pentagonal building—houses Top of the World on the 27th floor. Expansive windows frame the Inner Harbor, the surrounding city and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. You can even talk with an on-site guide, who will illuminate Baltimore’s history with fascinating facts and personal stories.
There’s more to Top of the World Baltimore than the views (though the views are reason enough!). The Observation Level Gallery presents “When Worlds Collide,” a multi-media exhibition about migrating songbirds. Running through June 12, there’s just a few weeks left to see the works of artists Rose Anderson, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Lynne Parks, Elisabeth Pellathy, Nicole Shiflet and Chris Siron. We’re sure this exhibit will encourage everyone to support all of the birds here in Bird Town.
Also on permanent exhibit, The Top of the World Observation Level presents artifacts from the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and Flight 93 National Memorial. The display honors the lives of Maryland victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Regular hours of operation for Top of the World Observation Level are Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, and $4 for children 3 to 12 years old. Admission is free for children under 3 years old. The last ticket is sold a half-hour before closing.
For more information on When Worlds Collide, call 443-263-4352. For more information on Top of the World Observation Level, call 410-837-VIEW.
We hope you’ll choose to stay with us at The Wayside Inn in nearby Ellicott City. Convienient to Baltimore but with historic charm all our own, Ellicott City offers a perfect portrait of historic America with contemporary relevance. To learn more about Howard County, check out our free area vacation guide. Check out our rooms and the historic Wayside Inn on our website. And we regularly update our blog with tips and highlights of the entire region, whether you’re visiting Baltimore, Washington DC, or you’re taken with Ellicott City itself (and we wouldn’t be surprised!).