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BIG Finds in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

World Trade Center Baltimore

In front of the world’s tallest pentagonal building

Over Columbus Day weekend, we attended the Digital Family Summit in Baltimore. This annual kid-friendly conference is geared toward tweens and teens who are digital content creators, meaning they’re writing blogs or producing videos for the web. I thought it would be a great experience for The Boy, who took workshops in video game design and WordPress. I would recommend it if your kids are out there navigating their way through the world wide web.

Our hotel was an easy ten-minute walk to the Inner Harbor district, one of the top tourist destinations in “Charm City,” so we took advantage of our down time to do a little exploring for BIG stuff. We were also able to meet up with one of Matt’s high school friends, Kim, who lives nearby with her five kids.

It was one of those five kids who actually tipped us off to our first find. Upon learning what we blog about, 12-year old Danny said, “You know, the tallest pentagonal building in the world is here in the Inner Harbor.”

What?!? My crackerjack advance research techniques had obviously failed me, because that was news.

World Trade Center, Baltimore

The 405-foot tall building is actually the World Trade Center, and was designed by the firm founded by renowned architect I.M. Pei. You can take the elevators to the “Top of the World” observation level on the 27th floor for 360° views of the city. Now that I’ve actually done my homework, I’ve found out that it’s technically the world’s tallest “regular” pentagonal building, meaning that all sides are the same length. There is a taller irregular pentagonal building in Houston; the JPMorgan Chase building, which is 1,002-feet tall.

World Trade Center

Baltimore’s World Trade Center, as seen from the National Aquarium

It’Sugar, Baltimore

After lunch, we had a hankering for dessert, and I spied a gelato bar in the It’Sugar candy store. Well, we were all immediately distracted from the gelato by the numerous colorful displays of candy in all shapes, sizes, and brands.

It was then we started seeing a lot of “world’s largest” versions of popular favorites, like the World’s Largest Rice Krispie Treat (a 32 oz sheet), the world’s largest box of Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Sweetart, Pop Rocks box, and of course, the “world’s largest gummy bear” and the “world’s largest gummy worm.”

Worlds Largest Gummy Bear

His orthodontist’s worst nightmare

Come to find out, It’Sugar bills itself as the source for the world’s largest candy…and if you can’t get to one of their 70+ locations, you can order it online.



  1. Mike said,
    October 30, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I am sensing the World’s Largest Cavity coming on….

  2. sue said,
    November 19, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    That gummy bear is HUGE!

  3. Ian said,
    January 22, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    I only know Baltimore from Hairspray. I should really plan a visit someday. Thanks for this post!

  4. Robert Bruce said,
    January 22, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    The National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor and Port Discovery on Marketplace in the old Fish Market are really great places to take kids. My niece and nephew loved both of these attractions, and the Port Discovery is very child-centric with lots of interactivity.

    We’ll have to try the It’Sugar next time, we have dental insurance 😉