BALTIMORE, Md. (WNEW) — Baltimore joins the likes of Rio De Janeiro, Hong Kong and Sydney on a new list of the World’s 15 Best Waterfront Cities, published by Fodor’s Travel.

There are only two other U.S. cities on the list — San Francisco and New Orleans.

Laurie Schwartz, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s president, tells WNEW Baltimore Bureau Chief Sarah Jacobs that “Baltimore remains recognized as the world leader in waterfront redevelopment.”

In the early 80s, Harborplace and the National Aquarium opened and “started a whole new tourism industry that, at the time, leaders didn’t think was possible,” Schwartz says.

Baltimore then expanded on that early success to build a solid waterfront tourism industry. Now, the Convention Center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, hotels and the Harbor East neighborhood also pepper the waterfront area.

Fodor’s says this of Baltimore:

“A bustling harbor and lively downtown area make Baltimore a favorite destination among tourists. Walk down Charles Street to explore Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s main thoroughfare. Visitors can sign up for sailboat tours and boat rentals, or browse exhibits at the National Aquarium or Science Center. End the day watching the sunset over the water at The Rusty Scupper, a popular local seafood restaurant famous for its jumbo lump crab cake—a Baltimore specialty.”

Check out the full list here.


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