About the Area

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland, offering endless entertainment options from live music, stage plays, and sports events. Often called “Charm City,” it is well known for the Inner Harbor, which is home to many restaurants, shops, and museums, and to the waterfront Pier Six Concert Pavilion. In addition to its share of unique arts and cultural attractions, Baltimore is a serious sports town. It is home not only to the 2013 Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens, but also to the Baltimore Orioles (baseball), Preakness Stakes (thoroughbred racing), and the Grand Prix of Baltimore (IndyCar series).

Attractions

Take time to visit some of the popular points of interest, several of which are located in the Inner Harbor area and only steps away from the seminar venue:

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Arts, Culture, and History

At the heart of the city is its art and culture. Tucked in the small corners of the city are eclectic points of interest such Mount Vernon, Fell’s Point, and Federal Hill which are all exciting cultural experiences. Baltimore is also home to many museums, theatres, and performance venues. Consider a program at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Link to External Site , the Lyric Opera House Link to External Site , the Hippodrome Theatre Link to External Site , or Center Stage Theater Link to External Site . Can’t make up your mind? Investigate many other cultural opportunities athttp://baltimore.org/arts-and-culture Link to External Site .

Shopping

The cornerstone of Baltimore’s downtown shopping scene is Harborplace and The Gallery at Harborplace Link to External Site , at 200/201 E. Pratt Street, featuring a mix of 120 unique shops, restaurants, and diverse eateries, plus live seasonal entertainment. For something different, head 15 miles south to Hanover, Maryland towards the Arundel Mills Mall for premium outlet shopping. For a directory of shops, galleries, and restaurants, visit Arundel Mills here Link to External Site.

Dining

There are more than 200 restaurants in the Baltimore Inner Harbor alone, and plenty of tempting menus representing every type of cuisine imaginable from world famous Chesapeake Bay crabs to homemade Italian cuisine in Little Italy. You will love the variety, which ranges from food courts to fine dining to favorite local institutions. For an extensive list of downtown restaurants, go to http://baltimore.org/dining-and-nightlife/ Link to External Site.