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For spectacular, unparalleled views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and downtown, Top of the World, Baltimore is the place to be.
“Top of the World offers stunning panoramic views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, downtown, Federal Hill and beyond,” said Santiago Nocera, marketing and communications associate for Top of the World.
The observation level features floor-to-ceiling windows, stationed binoculars and informational kiosks featuring historical facts about Baltimore, he said. Staff members are available to share Baltimore facts and point out specific views like Federal Hill Park and Fort McHenry.
Top of the World is Baltimore’s only observation level of Maryland’s urban center and the world’s tallest pentagonal building. It’s located centrally along the Inner Harbor, steps from shops and restaurants frequented by Baltimore visitors and residents. Visitors can also experience special exhibitions at Top of the World, including an annual picnic at the observation level to view Fourth of July fireworks.
“We welcome all groups, including senior outings, of 10 or more,” Ocera said.
On Mondays and Tuesdays from Labor Day through Memorial Day, Top of the World is open by appointment only for groups of 50 or more.
Group tours of 10 or more receive a discount. There is no maximum number of visitors, but the observation level’s maximum number of visitors at one time is 250, Nocera said.
Tours are self-guided, and staff is available to answer questions. Most visitors tend to spend 20 to 30 minutes at Top of the World but since the elevators can only fit 10 visitors at a time, larger groups may take longer.
No parking is available at Top of the World but there is drop-off available near the National Aquarium. Visit Baltimore can provide information on motorcoach parking.
Top of the World Observation Level is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt St. Amy Carrick is in charge of group tours. •
For more information, call 410-837-8439 or visit viewbaltimore.org/tours.
Article by Kathie Sutin