At its heart is the Inner Harbor complex, a model of urban revitalization. Whether they have a whole day to spend there or just an hour or so, Baltimoreans and tourists alike always find plenty to do -- stroll along the waterfront, browse through the unusual variety of shops, sample ethnic cuisine or local seafood at one of the fine restaurants and casual eateries, enjoy outdoor performances. The Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium, both located there, are each worth a special visit on their own.
Performing and Visual Arts
Music-making is part of life in Baltimore: the city is home to the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Symphony and Peabody Conservatory of Music. Ensembles abound. Jazz flourishes.
Museum-goers have lots to see at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Visionary Art Museum, Walters Art Gallery, Peale Museum and many specialized galleries.
The Hippodrome and Center Stage feature first-rate theatrical offerings.
Sports and Recreation
Professional sports fans are busy year 'round with Orioles baseball -- at our nationally acclaimed stadium at historic Camden Yards. Our NFL team, the Ravens along with a new football stadium, is another source of excitement. Just down the road, the play continues with Washington Wizards basketball and Washington Redskins football.
The area features many top-notch semi-pro and collegiate teams, as well. And Maryland has long been hunt and horseracing country, with the Preakness a special Baltimore event.
For those who prefer to participate, proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore beach resorts and the Appalachian Mountains makes Baltimore an excellent home base from which to sail, swim, bike and ski.
Day Trips and Long Weekends
Baltimore's location makes "getting away from it all" a breeze. Within a short drive are historic Annapolis, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Along the way are scores of quaint towns and lovely rural landscapes. By train, New York and Boston are easily accessible. Williamsburg, the national seashore at Assateague Island, and the Appalachian Trail are all less than a day away.
Amenities and Necessities
Baltimore boasts luxury hotels, fine restaurants and exclusive shops to rival those of any metropolitan center. Yet the city also offers the charm of its neighborhoods, where the pace is unhurried, the atmosphere unpretentious. Attractive and reasonable housing is available within the city and in quiet suburban areas a 20-minute commute from the UMAB campus.