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Home to many historical figureheads, sites, and museums, Baltimore is not only filled with American culture and heritage but is an integral part of world history. From the birth of the United States national anthem, and the immigration of thousands onto American soil, to the creation of America’s first commercial long-distance railroad, the city of Baltimore is teeming with historical significance.

With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed “a city of neighborhoods,” but is more commonly known as “Charm City.” Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history. Yet, they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with “down to earth, small town” spirit and hospitality.

The centerpiece of downtown Baltimore is the world-famous Inner Harbor, the vibrant and beautiful waterfront. The Inner Harbor is surrounded by restaurants, shops, hotels, and attractions—all within blocks of each other—that continue to draw visitors and locals alike. Having transformed from an industrial port to one of the city’s most thriving cultural centers, the Inner Harbor offers entertainment on both land and sea for any interest, budget, or age.

Baltimore weather in February is incredibly cold with temperatures ranging from the low-20s to the mid-40s. It is recommended that you dress in warm layers and remember to bring along a hat and gloves, as well as a waterproof jacket to stay dry. You can expect a few days of rain or snow in Baltimore during February, so don’t forget your boots!

One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location for conventions, tradeshows, and expositions in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Center is conveniently located off Interstates 83 and 95, between Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is surrounded by several major hotels and tourist attractions, all within walking distance. The Center is connected by skywalk to several major hotels and shopping facilities. The Center is conveniently located close to public transportation for easy access by MARC Train or Baltimore’s Light Rail to Washington, DC, or the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Baltimore’s Penn Station is a short seven-minute drive while BWI Airport is only 20 minutes by car.

Baltimore is easily accessible by car, plane, or train. BWI Marshall Airport, a Southwest Airlines hub, is located just ten miles south of the city. Amtrak provides service from Penn Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week along the Northeast corridor, and the city is within a day’s drive from half of the nation’s population.

Rental Cars
BWI Marshall Airport has opened a spacious rental car facility providing a one-stop rental car station for customers. The facility is located at Stoney Run Road and New Ridge Road. Free shuttle service carries customers to and from the airport approximately every ten minutes. Passengers arriving on flights should take the free shuttle from the lower level terminal for a ten-minute ride to the new facility. When returning a vehicle, look for highway directional signs to the facility. The Car Rental Facility is located at: 7432 New Ridge Road, Hanover, MD 21076.

In order to manage vehicle traffic on the terminal roadway, BWI Marshall Airport has created specific pick-up zones for hotel shuttles and off-airport parking shuttles. Hotel and off-airport parking shuttles will pick up passengers at the designated zones only. Private vehicles are restricted from these off-airport pick-up zones.

Zones 1 and 3 are assigned for hotel shuttles. Zone 2 is designated for off-airport parking shuttles. Zone 4 will be used by both hotels and off-airport parking companies.

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The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall Airport terminal near doors 5 and 13. Please note that this service is available from BWI Marshall Airport only. For cab service to BWI Marshall Airport, please consult your local cab company. BWI Marshall Airport taxicabs are prohibited from charging flat rates. For more information, call 410-859-1100 or visit www.bwiairporttaxi.com.

Passenger rail services from more than 500 destinations on a 22,000-mile route system connecting the northeast corridor with the rest of America.
Penn Station, Baltimore
1525 N. Charles Street
1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

MARC Trains
Commuter service between Baltimore and Washington, DC,
operates 77 daily trips in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, eight Maryland counties, and northeastern West Virginia on the Penn, Camden, and Brunswick lines.
1-800-325-RAIL (1-800-325-7245)

Baltimore’s Metro Subway operates from Owings Mills, through Downtown Baltimore, to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Service is provided from 14 stations and operates every 8 minutes during rush hour, every 10 minutes during the day, and every 10 to 20 minutes on evenings and weekends. Basic fares are $1.60 one way, or a $3.50 Day Pass for unlimited daily trips on Maryland Transit Administration Metro Subway.
1-866-RIDE-MTA (1-866-743-3682), https://mta.maryland.gov/
Washington, DC’s Metrorail features service for $3.90 maximum.

Light Rail
This above-ground railway operates in 9- to 17-minute intervals every day with 32 stops from Hunt Valley, through Downtown Baltimore, and south to Glen Burnie. It makes special stops at BWI Marshall Airport, Amtrak’s Penn Station-Baltimore, and the Camden Yards sports complex. Basic fares are $1.60 one way, or a $3.50 Day Pass for unlimited daily trips on Maryland Transit Administration Light Rail.
1-866-RIDE-MTA (1-866-743-3682)




American Visionary Art Museum

America’s official national museum for self-taught, intuitive
artistry located in Downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor next to Federal Hill Park. The Visionary transforms dreams, loss, hopes, and ideas into powerful works of art (http://avam.org).



Baltimore Museum of Art

If modern and contemporary art is your passion, don’t miss the exhibitions and collections at this museum, home to a world-renowned collection of works by Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne. This museum showcases art of the 19th century through today, and includes special exhibits and a scenic sculpture garden (https://artbma.org).



Baltimore Museum of Industry

The museum celebrates the innovators, entrepreneurs, and
workers who propelled this port city into the industrial age and beyond (http://www.thebmi.org).




Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

This beautiful brick fortress stands sentry at the mouth of Baltimore Harbor and today, is a National Historic Shrine. In 1814, its battle flag inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the Civil War, the fort served as a Union hospital and, later, Fort McHenry was the second-largest point of entry for European immigrants (https://www.nps.gov/fomc).




National Aquarium

Journey from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the rain forest and beyond. Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Aquarium features more than 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. As an attendee of the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting, you can receive $5 off the admission just by showing your name badge at the aquarium ticket office (https://www.aqua.org).





Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®
Founded in 1918 by cartoonist and adventurer Robert Ripley. Dubbed by many “The Modern Marco Polo,” Ripley became America’s most popular celebrity of his time The collection of odd, unique, and incredible artifacts, art, photographs, and stories of the 200+ countries he visited are the foundation of
today’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® brand (https://www.ripleys.com/baltimore).


Maryland Science Center
Visit Maryland’s oldest scientific institution where you can explore interactive exhibits, view the planetarium, and check out the 3D film technology offered by its IMAX giant screen theater (https://www.mdsci.org).


Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

This historic home and museum is the birthplace of the Star-
Spangled Banner Flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what is now the United States National Anthem (https://baltimore.org/info/star-spangled-banner-flag-house).





Walters Art Museum

This museum is acclaimed by critics as one of America’s greatest art museums with a collection spanning 5,000 years; 30,000
objects are housed in three buildings in Baltimore’s cultural
district (https://thewalters.org/).