Experience Authentic Baltimore

In any season, there are endless opportunities to discover what Baltimore is all about, from touring Fort McHenry the birthplace of our national anthem, to enjoying a day on the bay or an authentic crab feast.

In addition to being accessible, having a compact waterfront “convention campus” and excellent facilities and hotels, Baltimore is also a vibrant cultural center, a place with a sense of history and a destination that maintains a playful spirit and flavors all its own.

Meeting professionals have many opportunities to choose from when it comes to introducing their attendees or VIP groups to authentic Baltimore experiences, and our Convention Services team can always help them plan the right off-site event for any group, be it big or small. 

Crab Feasts

Perhaps nothing says “Baltimore” or “Chesapeake Bay” more than a traditional crab feast. Reserve a table, room or dockside deck at one of our many local crab houses or set up a picnic in a park and hunker down over a steaming bushel of spicy crustaceans. You can also pick a venue and have the sumptuous seafood catered. Crabs are at their most bountiful in the summer and early fall, and a traditional feast includes all of the trimmings from corn on the cob to beer. Some feasts also feature Maryland fried chicken or pit beef for non-crabbers.

Browse the Crab Feast Restaurant listings for establishments that provide tasty steamed-crab experiences like only Baltimore can!

One-Of-A-Kind Experiential Offerings

Visit Baltimore recently launched an Experiential Tourism Development initiative in collaboration with many of the city’s attractions, museums, cultural organizations, restaurants and more. The goal of the project was to create new engaging, hands-on experiences for groups visiting Baltimore that will make their visit an unforgettable one. Contact the Convention Services team for details about the unique, immersive experiences available to your groups. 

Set Sail

Baltimore’s location on the Chesapeake Bay offers a relaxing respite for meeting or event attendees after a long day of work. Baltimore offers numerous opportunities to take part in sightseeing tours, receptions and dinner dances aboard ships of all sizes with harbor views of Fort McHenry, Fell’s Point and the sunset glistening off the city’s skyline. You can even use the water taxis to shuttle guests to other venues surrounding the harbor.

Exceptional Event Spaces

The city’s stellar array of museums and attractions open their doors to parties and guests. With so many places from which to choose, you can truly customize your event to satisfy the interests of your group. 

From the majesty of the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum to the one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum, you can transport your attendees to another time and place. Or, stage your event in a unique Baltimore venue, such as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the USS Constellation or the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

You can also dine with the sharks at the National Aquarium; amidst the two-story dinosaurs at the Maryland Science Center; in the wild at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore; or enjoy the spectacular view from The Top of the World Observation Level at Baltimore’s World Trade Center

Dine Around Baltimore

Baltimore’s culinary scene has recently been attracting a lot of attention, as many popular local chefs and food experts seem to be either lending their services to television programs or earning rave reviews in top “foodie” publications. Many of our most note-worthy restaurants offer private dining facilities, while a dine-around in one of the city’s neighborhoods is also a tasty choice for groups of all sizes.

Let your guests sample the fare at some resident favorites in Little Italy, Fell’s Point, or any other of Baltimore’s one-of-a-kind neighborhoods. Many restaurants offer cooking classes and wine-tasting as well, while the wineries located on the outskirts of the city are perfect for smaller groups.

Discovering the many entertainment and music establishments in Power Plant Live! is a fun-filled way to sample Baltimore’s nightlife.

Exceptional Sports

Baltimore is a sports town with a rich history of exceptional athletic achievements and a strong lineup of great locations where you can stage an event. Following the example of professional baseball’s “Iron Man” – hometown hero Cal Ripken, Jr. – we’re ready to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to make your function as successful as possible. 

At venues that range from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Camden Club to the NFL Ravens M&T Bank Stadium, you can host a dinner, tailgate or host a block party.

For recreational team building purposes, the city also offers opportunities such as biking around the Inner Harbor, a Federal Hill fun run, hiking along historic trails and much more.

These are just a few of some of the unique and unexpected places and one-of-a-kind experiences to be found in our city. Our Convention Services team is standing by to assist you with all aspects of planning your classic Baltimore experience. Look for listings of attractions and entertainment, exceptional spaces and private dining.