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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.

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What Makes the “Go BIG” Family Happy

American Museum of Natural History

The GBOGH T-shirts are back and better than ever!

True, the beginning of May means an onslaught of pollen, but there are many things which have happened to us recently which make us very happy! A BIG re-cap:

1) The Go BIG or Go Home blog is currently ranked #1 in the “Reader’s Choice” category of Travel Blogs for Families on Babble.com! Please help keep us there by voting with a click on the thumbs-up icon on this page. Thank you!

2) We were invited to attend a bloggers’ “social” this past weekend at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Specifically, to visit the new exhibit, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. Because we love all “world’s largest” things, even extinct ones! It’s a fantastic exhibit, and we’ll be posting about it in more detail next week.

3) We’re busybusybusy planning our upcoming trips to see more BIG things. COLOSSAL collections of lilacs and electronic games, LARGE living history museums, and LONG beaches! Here’s our working itinerary.

4) We’ve successfully infiltrated the minds of many of you, who have become keenly aware of BIG things in your travels and have been graciously sharing photos and news of what you’ve found! Like our friend Christina, who took the time to snap this shot of the world’s largest Gummy Bears while on vacation in St. Augustine, FL!

gummy bear

Ironically, her husband is a dentist...


We have guest posts coming in the next few months from more “Go BIG” enthusiasts covering everything from the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome in Chicago, the world’s largest pineapple in Australia, and the world’s largest aviation museum in Florida.

This blog is approaching its first anniversary…and it continues to bring us a lot of joy! Thanks to you!

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