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What’s in Baltimore Besides JSM? More Than You Think!

1 May 2017 219 views No Comment

The Baltimore Convention Center is located at 1 W. Pratt St., just two blocks from Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. The location makes it convenient to squeeze a little “tourist time” into your busy JSM schedule. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to a number of interesting attractions, including the following:

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Open daily, see website for hours and ticket prices
Strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance

The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses sharks, dolphins, rays, and tropical fish among the more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D immersion theater, the Living Seashore touch pool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall.

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St.
Open daily, check website for hours and prices
Strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance

Explore numerous hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Featuring an IMAX theater and planetarium, it’s sure to please all visitors. Don’t miss the new exhibit, Science & Main, that takes you past Baltimore landmarks as you learn how science interacts with your everyday life.

Historic Ships
Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St.
Sunday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
See website for ticket prices

Be sure to witness the historic ships in Baltimore by touring the USS Constellation, the USS Torsk, the USCGC Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake. Learn about the role these vessels played during various battles in American history. Also tour Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.

Cheer on the BIRDS!
Baltimoreans take their sports seriously. Today, sports fans flock to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the first of the new breed of retro ballparks, to cheer on the O’s—or the Birds as they are known locally. Take this opportunity to watch the O’s host the Kansas City Royals July 31–August 2 or take on the Tigers August 3–6. Can’t make a game? Tours are also available, game schedules permitting.

But wait, there is more! Just a bit farther, but easily accessible with public transportation, are the following:

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Entry to the BMA is free for everyone

Home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art, the BMA includes one of the most important African collections in the country. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. The museum has a long tradition of collecting the art of the day, beginning with the Cone Sisters, whose acquisitions from living artists led to the museum’s commitment to contemporary art.

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St.
Open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults $18; Seniors (60+) $16; Children (2–12) $12

This fascinating and fun place for kids, families, and lovers of history features the most important railroad collection in America, as well as seasonal train rides and free parking.

Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The collection at the Walters Art Museum presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture, Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, Old Master paintings, Art Nouveau jewelry, and 19th-century European and American masterpieces. Try out the new mobile guide to discover the stories behind the collection.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E. Fort Ave.
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: $10 for adults; children 15 years and younger are free

At Fort McHenry, you can learn about the Battle of Baltimore and the birth of the “Star Spangled Banner” and experience events like living history weekends, where the Fort McHenry Guard performs demonstrations—all just a water taxi ride away from the Inner Harbor.

Getting Around

Charm City Circulator
Be sure to take advantage of Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator, a fleet of free bus shuttles that travel four routes throughout the city. Operating every day, check out the Circulator website to download the Circulator app to use while moving around the city.

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – midnight
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – midnight
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Baltimore Water Taxi
This water transportation system of 17 blue-and-white boats is the oldest of its kind in the country. Offering one price for all-day, unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods—including Fell’s Point, Canton Waterfront Park, and Fort McHenry—don’t miss this fun way to get around Baltimore.

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