Baltimore, with a population of more than 620,000 people, is Maryland's largest city. "Charm City" as it is often referred, is known for its wonderful food, unique neighborhoods, lively arts and culture, museums and sporting events. Baltimore is the hometown of many famous athletes, including baseball player Babe Ruth and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Listed below are just a few of the many activities in and around the Baltimore Convention Center to help you begin planning your trip. With several means of transportation throughout the city, you'll see just how easy it is to get around to everything this historical city has to offer. Visit Baltimore provides details on all the different ways to get around the city on their "Getting Around" page.
Members share some of Baltimore's best kept secrets in a recent ARVONews article
Things to do near the Baltimore Convention Center
One of the areas of Baltimore where one can relax and enjoy a little down time to grab a bite to eat, perhaps a little shopping or hop on a boat to tour the city. Inner Harbor boats offer day, dinner and short cruises. There’s also a water taxi that will take you from the harbor to nearby neighborhoods. You can also head to the Observation Level at the Top of the World to check out uninterrupted views of Baltimore; to include views of Orioles Park and the Ravens’ stadium and the rest of the city.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among the more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits. Get $5.00 off general admission price, by simply showing your ARVO Conference badge at the ticket window!
Urban, two-story casino with video poker machines, more than 2,200 slot machines from penny to $500, restaurants and live entertainment.
Baltimore's wildest attraction! The zoo is home to 1,500 exotic mammals, birds and reptiles in a historic, 180-acre setting.
Orioles Park at Camden Yards
Baltimoreans take their sports seriously. Fans crowd the Oriole Park at Camden Yards, one of the first retro baseball parks, to root on the Orioles. Witness the Battle of the Beltway as the O's take on the Washington Nationals on Monday or Tuesday evening (May 8th or 9th). As an ARVO attendee, you have access to discounted tickets to all five games taking place during the Annual Meeting including the Battle of the Beltway. Learn More
With so many museums celebrating art, American history, family heritage, and even all things zany, you could spend weeks in Baltimore visiting one each day and still have more to explore.
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
At the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, you’ll not only be able to witness first-hand where the baseball legend was born and learn about his life, but you’ll also find special exhibits on the history of the home run in baseball; one-of-a-kind artifacts — like Babe’s catcher’s mitt and jersey and a video presentation about the Star-Spangled Banner in Sports (in which the Babe plays a role).
B&O Railroad Museum
Free train rides along the first commercial mile of train track laid in America, 40 acres of railroad history and interactive children’s exhibits
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Enjoy three incredible attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Ripley’s Moving Theater where you ride the movies, and 2,000 sq. ft. of the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze!