School tours are enriching experiences for students, and Baltimore offers great, unique opportunities to learn about US history, while also improving school lessons in the arts and sciences. Here are some ideas for planning your next school trip.
Situated at the top of the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore is first and foremost a maritime city with nautical roots, awash in opportunities to get your group out on the water. Whether you search for treasure aboard the Urban Pirates pirate ship, dine on the high seas on a Spirit Cruise, cruise the Inner Harbor and beyond on Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark, or hop aboard a chartered sailboat to explore the Patapsco River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore offers your group a multitude of choices when it comes to seafaring experiences.
Master Classes and the Performing Arts
Give student performers an educational experience they will never forget with the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on session with world-class musicians followed by a performance by the world renowned, Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Highly personalized one-on-one attention makes this a truly inspiring opportunity for young performers. Student musicians at the fifth grade level and above interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities, timing and preparation that go into a live symphony concert may also take part in an open dress rehearsal with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra followed by a Q&A session with the musicians, conductor or guest soloists. Let the staff and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra assist you in arranging these inspiring learning experiences for your student musical group.
Don’t Just Visit Baltimore…
Baltimore’s wealth of museums and attractions offer many exciting opportunities for visiting student groups, like specially-designed curricula, sleepovers and a host of immersion programs. Now, they offer even more exciting, one-of-a-kind experiences for students of all ages – offerings that get you beneath the surface, behind-the-scenes and hands-on, allowing you to meet the locals and discover the story.
Visit Baltimore collaborated with the city’s attractions, museums, cultural organizations and restaurants to engineer these new, engaging and immersive experiences. The offerings are tailored for groups coming to the city and will enhance any visit.
Activities range from the art of Neapolitan pizza making and the science of wine to a journey into the beginnings of the American railroad and an investigation into the life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe. Each new experience was specifically designed to accommodate group tours of various ages, sizes and price ranges.
Click here to learn more about the experiential offerings available to student groups.
Give student musician groups visiting Baltimore the opportunity to showcase all they have learned by scheduling a performance in the heart of the Inner Harbor. The Harborplace Ampitheater and the Gallery at Harborplace are ideal venues for showcasing your group's performance skills and are available to groups visiting Baltimore. Love a parade? Hit the street and let your group wow the crowds at any of several annual Baltimore City parades commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration, Columbus Day or St. Patrick's Day. Let our staff help you coordinate your Baltimore debut with the appropriate city agencies.
Sleepover Immersion Programs
Several of Baltimore's most exhilarating Inner Harbor attractions offer your group the exciting opportunity to actually spend the night immersed in a world of wonder. From science and wildlife to history and maritime life, your group will thrill at the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at these amazing attractions while submerging themselves in the learning experience and having the adventure of a lifetime! Contact our staff for information about setting up your own overnight adventure! The following Inner Harbor attractions offer Sleepover Immersion Programs for students. Some age and minimum/maximum capacity regulations apply.
- Coast Guard Cutter Taney: Become the crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the last surviving warship present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Through interactive learning stations, you will experience first hand what it would have been like to serve aboard this historic vessel.
- Maryland Science Center Camp-in: Partner with the staff at Maryland Science Center to plan your group's night at the museum, including three science-based, hands-on workshops, a planetarium show, an Imax film, time to explore exhibits and — of course — the chance to spend a night in the museum!
- The National Aquarium: Sleepover with the sharks! This unforgettable overnight sleepover is the ultimate shark-lover's experience! Take part in hands-on activities in the Shark Discovery Lab and crafts station. With an expert guide, take a nocturnal prowl through the Aquarium's behind-the-scenes areas, including a visit to the food-prep area to learn how they care for and feed the sharks and rays and then sleep in the underwater viewing area with the sharks swimming close by.
- USS Constellation: All hands on deck for an immersive, 19th-century, hands-on experience with a 21st-century applicability that encourages teamwork, problem solving and learning. Walk in the footsteps of sailors and learn about life aboard the only Civil War-era vessel still afloat. Through tours, hands-on-activities, Civil War-era meals and a night in a hammock on the berth deck, overnight recruits develop both a working nautical vocabulary and a familiarity with the basics of life aboard a man-of-war.
- USS Torsk: Spend the night aboard the Submarine USS Torsk which sank the last enemy vessel of World War II. Through interactive learning stations, you will experience what it would have been like to serve aboard this historic vessel.
Student-friendly Accommodations and Dining
Baltimore boasts a wide array of hotels and restaurants eager to serve your student group. Most major national hotel chains are well represented in the region and throughout downtown, just steps from the attractions and events that will make your trip to Baltimore a very special experience. Dining opportunities for the young — and young at heart — abound. Step out of the city to joust over dinner at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
Fun Student Outings to Plan into Your Trip
The new Spirit Cruises in Baltimore is the coolest destination for your upcoming school outing if you're looking for something fun and different to do. You'll feast on sumptuous buffets, be entertained by an interactive DJ or take an educational scenic tour of the historic Inner Harbor and see great views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor through panoramic windows. Their ships have two climate-controlled decks for comfort in any season and can accommodate groups with up to 400 guests. It's the perfect party destination with the largest outdoor open-air deck in Baltimore. They'll even provide balloons in your school colors. Perfect for:
- Educational (and fun!) field trips
- School dance parties & proms
- College & university events
- Faculty, alumni, staff events