We don't have a car and by the time I got around to booking tickets, Amtrak was charging an arm and a leg. So, we did what anybody on a tight budget would do... booked the Chinatown bus!! There are a ton of companies to choose from and we ended up booking with GoToBus online. For 3 people roundtrip on the direct bus between NYC and Baltimore was all of $105. WOW!! It's certainly not luxurious, but it's pretty much the cheapest way between NYC and any nearby cities! We considered bringing a car seat but it turns out the bus didn't even have seat belts! Whoops!!
We were advised by an employee at Top of the World that there is a FREE bus in Baltimore. We never did end up using it, but it seems like an amazing service!! The Charm City Circular has several different routes to choose from and is completely free. Check it out if you'll be visiting Baltimore!
My personal favorite was the physical fitness room - they had a few of those dance machines and I had a little dance-off with my hubby (probably not something a 7 month preggo lady should be doing in flip flops no less, but it was so much fun and our toddler couldn't stop laughing at us). My son loved the jungle gym areas, the water play room, the Lego displays, heck, he even loved the tots room!! Seriously, it was painful having to rush him through (we had a bus back to NYC to catch), he could not have been more in love with that place!
I was on the fence about this one because it's very pricey ($39.95 for adults, children under 3 are free - phew!) and many people told us it's not worth it. But we went anyway because I love aquariums and I love air-conditioned activities in summer! We decided to risk the crowds and go on Friday night during their half-price hours. We purchased tickets online in advance and only had to wait in line about 10 minutes. And you know what? It wasn't terribly crowded and we LOVED it!!
Despite how much fun our toddler had there, I kinda wish we could have gone without him. There were so many things I wanted to read and learn more about, but he just didn't have the attention span and was always running off to the next thing. Maybe we'll get a babysitter one of these days and check out the location in NYC sans kiddos.
Located on the 27th floor, this observation deck is all indoors with and a vast wide open layout. It was empty when we went, probably thanks to the weather, and our toddler had a field day running too and fro.