Give us the opportunity to host your next convention, meeting, tradeshow or social event and you’ll find that Baltimore is the ideal destination!
Our central location at the crossroads of the Mid-Atlantic region makes it easy to get here by air, rail and highway. And once you are here, the city is easily walkable, or as we say, “in Baltimore, you’re just two feet away from everything.”
Our distinguished venues are the perfect fit for any size gathering, whether it’s a major trade show at the 1.2-million-square-foot Baltimore Convention Center (BCC); a general session at the Baltimore Arena; a mid-size conference at one of our first-class hotels; a product introduction in one of our world-class museums; or a cozy crab feast at a waterfront seafood restaurant.
Once the main business has been completed, renowned performing arts, great restaurants, a long list of unforgettable museums and attractions, varied nightlife and some serious shopping will entertain your group.
The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s heart, but its neighborhoods are its soul. Our 92 square miles are divided among lively communities, each with a distinct personality – from the cobblestone-lined waterfront of Fell’s Point to kitschy Hampden; historic Federal Hill to trendy Harbor East; the cultural hub of Mount Vernon to Canton, Pigtown and the Station North, Bromo Tower and Highlandtown arts and entertainment districts. The fast, free Charm City Circulator hybrid buses and the Baltimore Water Taxi make it easy to explore each diverse neighborhood.
To ensure that planning is as hassle-free as possible, the Visit Baltimore staff serves as a liaison to assist with mapping out ideal arrangements for your group. Visit Baltimore, the BCC and our entire hospitality community are dedicated to making your event a success.
What’s New in Baltimore
Blacktip Reef Exhibit
In August 2013, the National Aquarium welcomed an extraordinary new exhibit, thus increasing its allure as a perfect meeting and event space. What better way to enhance an event than by offering attendees an up-close-and-personal look at a dynamic 13,500-square-foot, man-made Indo-Pacific reef and allowing them to come face-to-face with riveting sharks, colorful corals, hundreds of darting fish and the 500-pound green sea turtle, Calypso. A 27-foot viewing window, curving four feet into the underwater reef, will immerse them in a vibrant habitat filled with color, light and movement.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Easily accessible from the Inner Harbor, the new, full-service Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is under construction and scheduled to open later this year. The venue, located along Russell Street near the stadium complex, is expected to be the second-largest casino in the state when it opens with a 122,000-square-foot gaming floor. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will also feature table games, video lottery terminals (VLTs), a World Series of Poker room and a “Baltimore Marketplace” featuring authentic food outlets, restaurants and bars and lounges.
Baltimore Museum of Art Revitalization
The Baltimore Museum of Art, containing a collection of approximately 90,000 works of art and the world’s largest collection of pieces by legendary artist Henri Matisse, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this fall. The one-of-a-kind venue is in the process of a $28 million renovation, of which the first phase – the reopening of its Contemporary Wing – was completed in November 2012. Since then, more than 92,000 people have visited the wing to view its three new exhibitions, new black box and interactive galleries. This November, the BMA will reopen its historic Merrick Entrance, which has been closed to the public for more than 30 years; and later, in Spring 2015, the final phase of the project will be completed with the reinstallation of the museum’s African and Asian art collections, as well as the opening of a new center for learning and creativity. The museum’s renovations are intended to enhance the visitor experience and strengthen the visitor’s connection to its outstanding collections.
Continued Development of Harbor East
Throughout the past year, Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood has quickly become the place to experience fine dining, up-scale shopping and more – and it continues to grow. In 2013, Baltimore-based Under Armour, Inc. opened its 8,000-square-foot “Brand House,” the company’s first full-price store in Baltimore, on the ground floor of the Legg Mason tower. It joined the neighborhood’s high-end retail brands including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Lululemon Athletica and MAC Cosmetics, as well as hot dining spots, including Cinghiale, Fleet Street Kitchen and the trendy Wit & Wisdom restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. This year, Exelon Corp. is also scheduled to begin construction on a Baltimore headquarters in Harbor Point, an expansion further south and east of the neighborhood, and Hyatt Place is scheduled to open a hotel with 208 rooms and 14,200-square-feet of retail space.
BWI Airport Renovations
The region’s busiest airport has also seen recent improvements. Its renovated public Observation Gallery opened in July 2013, and now displays new objects and exhibits, including a 28-foot-tall sounding rocket provided by NASA; new binocular viewers; children’s play equipment; an updated Maryland Youth Art Gallery; and more. It also features other passenger amenities, including charging stations and the Sky Azure cocktail lounge. This renovation was in addition to a new, nine-lane security checkpoint and secure connector between two terminals that opened in April 2013; and will join other large terminal improvements (a $125 million, three-year plan) scheduled to be completed in fall 2016. The airport renovations will allow for further growth by the airlines and will provide additional capacity for international service.
Penn Station Digital Signage
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore are working together on a digital signage and landscaping project at Baltimore’s Penn Station to transform the its hillside area. A 14-foot-wide by eight-foot-tall digital sign will be installed to welcome convention-goers and other groups, as well as showcase the city to visitors, residents and riders arriving by train. The sign will also be used to promote major citywide events, greet incoming conventions and showcase videos of Baltimore.
This year Visit Baltimore partnered with the cities of Anaheim, California and San Antonio, Texas to form a three-city partnership. The destinations will work together to market their cities and to enhance their destinations’ offerings for meeting professionals and meeting and convention attendees. More details will be announced soon.