Top 10 Reasons to Meet in Baltimore
Baltimore is famous for its beautiful waterfront, world-class museums, three centuries of history and much, much more. But if you’re still not completely convinced that the perfect place for your event is right here, we’ve put together a handy summary of the great reasons to meet here.
Ease of Access
We’re right in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic states and close to one-third of the entire U.S. population. Located off I-95, at a convenient stop on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and 15 minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore is well situated to make it easy for your attendees to get here. There are more than 40,000 off-street parking spaces in downtown garages and lots.
Inner Harbor –The Heart of the “Convention Community”
Our shining jewel, the Inner Harbor, is lined with attractions, restaurants, shopping, hotels and the Baltimore Visitor Center. It’s all within a quick walk – or as we say, just “two feet away” – from the Baltimore Convention Center.
Top-Notch Convention Facilities
Dozens of facilities from casual to elegant and hip to exquisitely traditional can accommodate intimate, banquet-style gatherings or receptions that draw thousands of guests. Of course, our central venue is the Baltimore Convention Center, which can accommodate up to 75 percent of today’s meetings and conventions with 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, 50 flexible meeting rooms and a 36,000-square-foot ballroom.
A Complete Hotel Package
No need to worry about finding places to stay for all of your guests and attendees. There are more than 8,500 hotel rooms (5,500 committable) around the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center, and thousands more just a short ride away. All of the major brands – Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Kimpton, Marriott, Radisson and Starwood, Best Western and Choice – are here, along with first-class independent properties.
The Sumptuous Culinary Scene
From fine dining in restaurants which have drawn rave reviews to a traditional crab feast, Baltimore restaurants present a varied menu of culinary delights. Many of Baltimore’s chefs have been touted in publications such as Food and Wine, Bon Appetit and Gourmet. You won’t be disappointed in your search for a little local flavor or the tastiest international cuisines.
Easy to Get Around
Although nearly everything you may want to do and see is within easy walking distance, you can also explore our many one-of-a-kind neighborhoods, museums and attractions via the fast, free and green Charm City Circulator. Other enjoyable options include water taxis, trolley tours or harbor cruises.
Assistance is Available to Engage the Community
The Visit Baltimore staff is eager to help you plan your Baltimore experience. We can also provide access to the business, non-profit and public sectors through our Board of Directors and our Meet Local network of community leaders. There are also more than 500 Certified Tourism Ambassadors working as frontline employees at accommodations and destinations throughout the city, ready to assist your attendees.
A Multitude of Experiences for Everyone
With more than 130 attractions, museums, historic sites and performing arts groups, Baltimore promises something for everyone. From the Star-Spangled Banner to African American history, and pop culture to dolphins and dinosaurs, there is something exciting around every corner. Many of our venues are perfect for off-site parties, receptions and small gatherings. Baltimore celebrates its diversity with festivals and events that spotlight its multicultural heritage and African American, Hispanic and Asian communities, and its LGBT pride.
Historic, Hip and Trendy Neighborhoods
From historic Federal Hill to Fell’s Point, Harbor East to Mount Vernon, Little Italy to Hampden, our diverse neighborhoods serve up great food, stories from the past, fascinating things to do and see, and a world of intriguing shopping.
Baltimore is a great place to visit during any season, with warm weather prevailing from April through October. Winters are relatively short, with more rain than snow. The following chart represents average Baltimore temperatures throughout the year.
Plan your trip!
- The War Came By Train: American Civil War 150th Anniversary April 30, 2011 - December 31, 2015 | All Day
- Fell’s Point Haunted PubWalk March 1, 2014 - November 29, 2014 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War April 16, 2011 - December 31, 2015 | All Day
- A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk July 1, 2013 - September 1, 2014 | All Day
- Civil War Trains Exhibit August 16, 2012 - December 31, 2015 | All Day