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10 Reasons to Visit Baltimore

Mary Bart

Baltimore, Maryland, USA skyline at the Inner Harbor.

This October, the Teaching with Technology Conference heads to Baltimore, Maryland. With four preconference workshops, three plenary presentations, nearly 60 concurrent sessions, and dozens of poster presentations, there’s no better place to discover practical, hands-on strategies and techniques for infusing technology into your classroom.

There’s a lot to discover in the city of Baltimore, as well. Here are just some of the great things to see and do while you’re in town for the conference.

  1. Inner Harbor – Baltimore’s crown jewel, the Inner Harbor, is a hub of activity in a picturesque waterfront location. One of America’s oldest seaports is now a popular tourist destination teeming with restaurants, boutiques, and one-of-a-kind attractions.
  2. Cruises, Sailing, and Water Tours – Enjoy the beautiful Inner Harbor from the water. Sailing excursions, dinner cruises, and water taxi tours are all available.
  3. Maryland Crab – Steamed crab, crab cakes, crab soup, crab feasts . . . If there’s one thing that Marylanders are universally proud of, it’s the state’s famed blue crabs. The meat is sweet, tender, and in abundance in Baltimore’s restaurants.
  4. National Aquarium – This nonprofit consistently ranks as one of the two top aquariums in the United States. The National Aquarium is home to sharks, dolphins, rays, and tropical fish among the more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest and the interactive Living Seashore touchpool.
  5. Museums – Immerse yourself in Baltimore’s thriving arts and culture scene, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
  6. Fort McHenry – Tour the grounds of Fort McHenry, best known for the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” — originally titled “Defense of Fort McHenry.”
  7. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House – Built in 1793, the Flag House was once the home of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the flag Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over Fort McHenry and inspired him to write our national anthem.
  8. Historic Ships – Get a hands-on history lesson as you tour four ships and a lighthouse that are all National Historic Landmarks—USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
  9. Oriole Park at Camden Yards – The charming facility in downtown Baltimore became the official home of the Orioles in 1992 and inspired a generation of ballpark construction. It’s located only two blocks from the birthplace of Babe Ruth and is where Cal Ripken, Jr. played his 2,131st consecutive game, surpassing Lou Gehrig’s seemingly unbreakable record.
  10. Teaching with Technology Conference – Meet fellow educators at the intersection of pedagogy and technology at the Teaching with Technology Conference. We’ll be at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, October 6-8, 2017. The hotel is located in the bustling Harbor East district, just steps from top-quality shopping and dining. Learn more »

This compilation was developed courtesy of Visit Baltimore and Visit Maryland. Both sites offer a treasure trove of insider information, travel tips, restaurant listings, and more, so that you can make the most of your trip to Charm City.

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