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32 selecttraveler.com M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 D on't just look at the colorful fish — feed them a krill pop or two on the National Aquarium's Insider's Tour. Groups participating in the Insider's Tour discover the beautiful aquarium just like the rest of the public but with VIP access to areas of the aquarium rarely seen by anyone except the employees. This tour, like many of Baltimore's behind-the-scenes tours, allows groups to avoid the throngs and enjoy an exclusive experience. An immersive tour can add interesting extras to a Baltimore itinerary, such as a pizza-making demonstration at an acclaimed restaurant or a dramatic interpretation of life in Jim Crow Maryland at an African- American museum. Groups can also learn the intricacies involved in unrolling a 30-by-42-foot Star-Spangled Banner at the Fort McHenry National Monument by joining in the process. Whether you want to know how the National Aquarium cares for its 20,000 aquatic animals or how to make a slice of some of the best pizza in the state at Verde, Baltimore has an exclusive tour to match your group. INSIDER'S TOUR N A T I O N A L A Q U A R I U M Stand so close to sharks circling below you that you could al- most reach down and grab a dorsal fin at the National Aquarium. Of course, you wouldn't want to do that, but the proximity gives guests a thrill during the aquarium's Insider's Tour. The tour arranges some close encounters with sharks and other animal residents being cared for in staff-only areas of the attraction. Participants can cross a catwalk over the shark tank for a slightly BANNER C I T Y COME ENJOY AN INSIDER'S BALTIMORE Photos courtesy Visit Baltimore BY ELIZA MYERS EXPERIENTIAL travel ISSUE Fort McHenry

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