Baltimore, Maryland Attractions & Things To Do
There are a myriad of things to do in bustling Baltimore, Maryland for every kind of traveler, for every kind of trip. The Wingate by Wyndham BWI Airport hotel is centrally located near a variety of restaurants, shops, museums, sports entertainment and famed cultural attractions. Head to Baltimore's Inner Harbor for family friendly entertainment or take a stroll through one of Baltimore's quaint historic neighborhoods. From exciting concerts and outdoor festivals to breathtaking harbor views, Baltimore offers a little something for everyone.
Nestled along the slow flowing Patapsco River, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a postcard perfect sight. Tourists and locals alike flock to this major seaport and cultural center due to its high concentration of restaurants, shopping, performing arts, nightlife and noteworthy cultural attractions. Visit the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center or the Baltimore Maritime Museum. Head to the Observation Level of the World Trade Center for spectacular panorama views of the Inner Harbor skyline. Go to http://baltimore.org for more information.
Formerly known as the Baltimore Arena, 1st Mariner Arena is Baltimore's largest sports and entertainment venue. Opened in 1962, this 11,000 seat venue is just minutes from the Baltimore Convention Center and many other attractions in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The 1st Mariner Arena is easily accessible from the Baltimore Light Rail. For event schedule and tickets, check out http://www.baltimorearena.com.
Home to the NFL Baltimore Ravens, this multi-purpose football stadium was originally opened in 1998 as Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards and PSINet Stadium. It is sometimes called the Russell Street Coliseum or The Bank. M&T Bank Stadium is currently one of the most praised stadiums in the NFL for fan amenities, ease of access, concessions and other facilities.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a Major League Baseball ballpark situated in downtown Baltimore a few blocks west of the Inner Harbor. It is the first of the "retro" major leagued ballparks constructed during the 1990's and early 2000's, and remains one of the most highly praised. The park was completed in 1992 and replaced Memorial Stadium.
The U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 in Annapolis, Maryland. Students are offered a well-rounded education in mathematics, humanities and sciences as well as athletic and leadership training in preparation for life in the Navy. While on campus, tour one of the academy's historic buildings and monuments like the Japanese Bell, Bancroft Hall, and the Naval Academy Chapel. For more information, visit http://www.usna.edu.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is located in Columbia, Maryland on a stunning 40 acres known as Symphony Woods. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this popular outdoor amphitheatre features the best acts in rock, country, hip hop, pop and more. Recent additions to the Merriweather Post Pavilion include a Music Pinball Arcade and award-winning sculptures. For concert ticket and venue information, visit http://www.merriweathermusic.com.
Arundel Mills Mall is a very popular Outlet Mall about 7 miles from the hotel in Hanover, MD. The mall features Medieval Times dinner theater, Dave & Buster's, a 24-screen megaplex theater and 220 outlet, value and specialty retailers and restaurants. It is adjacent to the new Maryland Live! Casino and surrounded by several free standing restaurants and shops.
Phase 1 of the new Casino is now open including 3,000 new state of the art slot machines and electronic games, six dining options including Bobby Flay's Bobby's Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seafood and Prime Rib. In Phase 2 which is slated for sometime between August and October 2012 Maryland Live! Casino will be opening the Live Entertainment aspect, even more slot machines and electronic table games (4,750 in total once it's all said and done).
During the War of 1812, Fort McHenry successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor from a British Navy attack. This event inspired Francis Scott Key to write, "The Star Spangled Banner," the United States national anthem. Fort McHenry is shaped like a five pointed star and is situated along the Baltimore Harbor. Don't miss one of Fort McHenry's history inspired events like Civil War Weekend, National Flag Day and Defenders' Day - The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend. Visit http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm for more information.
The US Army installation that includes the Defense Information School, the US Army Field Band, and the headquarters of the US Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Courier Service. Initially called Camp Annapolis Junction, the post was opened as "Camp Admiral" in 1917 on 29.7 sq mi acquired for a training camp.
The post was renamed Camp George Gordon Meade after construction of 1,460 building and in 1919 the Camp Benning tank school was transferred to the fort before the Tank Corps was disbanded. Much history has taken place at Fort George G. Meade over the years. Most recently BRAC and the move of the Defense Information Systems Agency from Arlington, VA to Fort Meade have continued to expand the Installation.