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Baltimore Guide: Attractions

This is your informal guide to Baltimore brought to you by local UPA members.


The conference hotel is located right in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor where there are many activities within walking distance.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
Walk from the Hotel.  Conference goers receive a $2 discount for admission.  A world class aquarium with a new Australia exhibit, all sorts of exotic fish, and a tropical rainforest in the roof.  Consider getting a membership if you’re bringing the family – its cheaper even with 2 visits. Great for kids and adults.  Don’t forget the dolphin show.  You should go!

Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards

Enjoy a brief water taxi from the Harbor side of the Marriott   Waterfront to within four blocks of Oriole Park. From there walk   with the UPA group to the ballpark for a 7:05pm ET first pitch.   Return water taxi included. Tickets are $35 per person.

Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. Only 50 tickets are available (limit four per person). For additional information please contact the UPA Office at: 630-980-4997.

   What: Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros
   Date: Wednesday June 18, 2008. 7:05pm ET first pitch
   Cost: $35/person - water taxi included
   Where: Oriole Park Adobe Acrobat PDF Orioles Order Form

Maryland Science Center
Water taxi from the conference.   IMAX movies and several modern hands-on exhibits from physics to planetary science.  Also good for all ages.

American Visionary Arts Museum
Water taxi from conference, then short walk.  America's first Outsider Art Museum (Outsider = not trained). The themes can get a little intense (violence, sex often projecting off of untreated mental illness) … but where else do you find artist's whose favorite media is "mashed potatoes, spit and toothpicks" ... DO read the little info blurbs by each painting. This place has one of the coolest gift shops in town.

Baltimore Museum of Art 
Uptown, 15 Minute taxi ride from conference.  Great collection of Impressionist works thanks to the Cohen sisters – check out the recreation of their study.  Really a good sampling of a lot of periods (e.g., African/Oceanic Art, Renaissance)

The Walters Art Gallery
Short taxi ride or bus from hotel.  Lots of Rare books and manuscripts in the collection, and Asian art at the Hackerman House.  Don’t miss the collection of Knight’s armor too.  In a very nice downtown square.

Port Discovery
Walk from the conference. If you are bringing your kids and they like to climb, this is great. It’s a 3 story jungle gym…. With other stations and activities for less energetic kids.

Fort McHenry
Water Taxi to other side of Harbor.  Civil war buffs will really like Baltimore …

Baltimore Civil War Museum
Yes, the first shots were over Ft. Sumpter. But the first deaths in the civil war were actually in Baltimore, which was officially a Northern state but had southern sympathies (and slaves). To get to the war in the south, northern soldiers had to march across town to switch trains in Baltimore (the Northern Line and the Southern Line tracks were a different gauge) ... the locals rioted and the first soldiers were killed.