Baltimore Visitor Center
The Baltimore Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor welcomes visitors with disabilities and provides special services in accordance with ADA regulations, including:
- Power-operated entry doors
- Lower information/ticketing counter space
- ADA accessible restrooms for disabled persons
- Copies of Visit Baltimore's Official Visitor Guide available in Braille
- Remote sign language capabilities for information translation
- ADA accessible touch screen monitors, one set to wheel chair height
Baltimore City also provides limited parking at the Visitor Center specifically designed for visitors with disabilities.
Click here to find out more about the Baltimore Visitor Center.
The city features an impressive selection of business and family-friendly hotels and accommodations perfect for your stay, which includes all of the familiar brands, as well as a number of first-class independents. Our accommodations offer the finest amenities, and most are also within walking distance of classic Baltimore destinations, as well as either feature on-site restaurants or close to a variety of dining options. When planning your stay in Baltimore be sure to also check out our exciting line of vacation packages, many of which include lodging, tours, dining and more.
Click here for a listing of ADA compliant hotels.
From fine dining in award-winning restaurants to a traditional crab feast, Baltimore features a varied and vibrant menu of culinary experiences. The city's most popular chefs and food experts continue to lend their services to television programs and earn rave reviews in top "foodie" publications. The Chesapeake Bay cuisine is at its best here, but Baltimore also features an eclectic array of international flavors. Discover dining deals at some of Baltimore's best restaurants and book your reservations online through OpenTable.
Click here for a listing of ADA compliant restaurants.
Museums & Attractions
Baltimore is home to a long list of one-of-a-kind museums and attractions that will satisfy any interest. From the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor, to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the B&O Railroad Museum, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and many more, there is something for everyone here. The majority of the city's museums and attractions are ADA compliant, featuring things like wheelchair ramps, elevators, ADA accessible restrooms, designated parking and more. Some also feature sign language-interpreted tours and welcome service animals. Visit each museum or attraction's individual website to get more information about accessibility.
Click here for a listing of ADA compliant museums and attractions.
Baltimore has a public transportation system that is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair users can access all parts of the city via the Metro Subway, Light Rail and the city bus network. The Charm City Circulator, Baltimore's free shuttle system, is convenient, family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Out-of-town travelers can get here via the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, various highways or metro rail from nearby major cities.
MTA Mobility Service
Mobility/Paratransit service is for citizens who are unable to use Local Bus, Metro/Subway or Light Rail service. Mobility/Paratransit service is provided by the MTA via contracts with Veolia Transportation and MV Transportation. Mobility service is provided within three-quarters of a mile of any fixed-route service in Baltimore City and Baltimore & Anne Arundel counties. The term "fixed-route" refers to Local Bus, Light Rail, or Metro Subway routes operated by the MTA. Mobility service is not offered within three-quarters of a mile of Commuter Bus or MARC Train routes. Fare: The one-way cash fare on Mobility service is $1.85. For more information, visit the MTA's website or call 410-764-8181
Charm City Circulator
The Charm City Circulator serves residents, downtown employees, students and tourists and anyone else who wishes to ride. The shuttle is intended to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas pollution by offering a convenient, reliable and eco-friendly form of public transportation. The Circulator is a free, fully accessible transit system in the downtown area. For more information, visit the Charm City Circulator's website or call 410.350.0456.
The Baltimore Metro Subway system is a 15.5-mile system that has14 stops and operates every 8-10 minutes during the morning and evening peak periods; 11 minutes during weekday evenings; 15 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Click here for more information.
The Light Rail
The Baltimore Light Rail is a light rail system serving Baltimore as well as its surrounding suburbs. It is operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA Maryland). The Baltimore Light Rail is fully wheelchair accessible on all trains and at all stations. Wheelchair access to light rail trains is provided by a high platform, accessed via ramp, at each station. The network features three lines which serve 33 stations.
The light rail operates 3:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m. on weekdays, 4:15 a.m.–1:15 a.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sundays.
Baltimore City Bus Network
MTA bus service currently has 57 bus routes, which include 47 local buses, 4 limited stop routes (known as QuickBus), and 4 express bus routes (which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore). Service times and schedules vary among routes.
All city buses are wheelchair accessible with lowered floors and wheelchair ramps or lifts. Buses offer spaces for wheelchair securement with provided tie downs and straps. Priority seating is available for the elderly and disabled.
Click here for more information including bus times, directions and schedules.
Taxi Access Program
The MTA Taxi Access II Service is available to MTA-certified Mobility customers who meet the eligibly requirements. Taxi Access II Service is not part of MTA Mobility Service, but rather a separate and distinct MTA service provided under contract by participating area taxicab and sedan companies. MTA Mobility does not guarantee the availability of a particular type of vehicle or pickup time. Customers deal directly with the taxi and sedan companies. For more information, visit the Taxi Access' website or call 410-664-2030
Free travel training for freedom and independence from The IMAGE Center and MTA. Travel training is a step-by-step individually customized process designed to help people with disabilities and senior citizens to use the MTA fixed-route Local Bus, Light Rail and Subway. Travel training will not affect eligibility for MTA Mobility. The IMAGE Center also offers group and classroom travel trainings.
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Baltimore Area Scooter Rental
Northern Pharmacy, 410-254-2055, Harford Road & Northern Parkway
- Rents standard manual wheelchairs only. Will deliver.
Medical Towne-Maryland, 877-701-6765, (has a local office)
- Rents electric scooters. Will deliver. Contact via phone or website for rates.
Scoot Anywhere, 855-410-0080
- Rents electric scooters. Ships UPS directly to hotel/convention center.
Contact via phone or website for rates.
Baltimore's Accessibility Score
WheelchairTravel.org's founder, John Morris, visited Baltimore in his wheelchair in September 2014 and filed the information contained in this report. It is the most up to date and complete review of accessibility in Baltimore available from any resource today. Below is the "Accessibility Score" from his report that is based on five critical factors a disabled traveler must contend with when they visit another city.
Access to Public Transportation: 4/5
Baltimore's public transportation system is fully accessible. The metro subway, light rail and city bus systems accommodate wheelchairs at all stations and stops. Due to the high floors of the light rail trains, ramps must be used for boarding and alighting, which prevents disabled passengers from using the system entirely independently. More information is available below.
Availability of Wheelchair Taxis: 2/5
The city has a relatively small fleet of wheelchair accessible taxis. While taxis can be ordered on demand, they should be reserved in advance to avoid long and inconvenient waiting periods. Wheelchair taxis are sent to calls at BWI airport with priority.
Accessibility of Sidewalks/Streets: 3/5
While sidewalks in the highly trafficked areas of the city are in an excellent state of repair, many neighborhoods are not as accessible due to broken or cracked sidewalks. Curb cuts are available at nearly all intersections within the city limits. Winter weather has the potential to decrease the accessibility of sidewalks depending upon the amount of accumulated snowfall.
Accessibility of Major Sights/Attractions: 4/5
The majority of Baltimore's attractions are in total compliance with the ADA. Some attractions are only partially accessible and/or require the use of mechanical stair lifts. The Edgar Allen Poe house is an example of an attraction that is not wheelchair accessible. More information on the accessibility of specific sights and attractions is available below.
Accessible Hotels with Roll-in Showers: 5/5
TOTAL SCORE: 18/25, Moderate