Our October Destination of the Month is Baltimore! “Charm City” has many options for your student groups. An ideal stand-alone destination, it is also an ideal home base for excursions to Washington DC. From art attractions to baseball games, The Naval Academy to the National Aquarium…a trip to Baltimore can meld fun and education. Let’s take a closer look….
The National Aquarium could be a destination all on its own! Your group can immerse itself in the world of the deep blue sea. There are numerous specialized tours that are offered here that focus on oceanic ecosystems across the globe. Learn about jellyfish, dolphins, sharks, and even take a closer look at a distinctly Mid-Atlantic shore.
Oh, Say Can You See….Fort McHenry. This star-shaped fortress is the place that inspired Francis Scott Key when he wrote The United States National Anthem after the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. A great historical site that can bring a US History lesson to life for your student groups, there are group programs available.
Annapolis is known as the Sailing Capital of the World and is a fitting location for the The United States Naval Academy. Guided walking tours of the Academy are offered with professional, certified Naval Academy guides through the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
And for those with a particular interest in the US Navy, Baltimore also offers a collection of Historic Ships, including the USS Constellation and the USS Torsk. The collection of ships are all within walking distance of each other in the popular Inner Harbor area.
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is internationally known for its collection of art and offers free admission. Wander its marble halls to see an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi will appeal to world history buffs while medieval ivories, Old Master paintings, Art Nouveau jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces will appeal to art lovers!
A fun experience for school groups is the Medieval Times dinner theater. The theater itself has created educational matinee packages (in addition to their regular dinner experiences) that will enhance students lessons in school. Whether you choose the matinee or the dinner hour, your student group will love this experience!
For the baseball fan, there is Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles. According to the Orioles, “Oriole Park revolutionized baseball when it debuted on Opening Day 1992” and the stadium is used for nothing but baseball! If you can catch a game while visiting Baltimore, that is exciting enough, but there is also a stadium tour that can bring you behind the scenes to the dugout and press box.
Finally, for those who want a more Out-Of-This-World experience, we recommend the Maryland Science Center and Planetarium. From solar storms to learning about viewing the night sky in different seasons, this is the place to learn about all things cosmic! The planetarium sky comes alive as day turns to night and planets and stars are shown. Not to be missed!
As you can see, Baltimore offers a dizzying variety of experiences and places to explore. Call Suburban Tours at 800.431.3004 to start planning your student group journey to Baltimore!