Day 1 You'll See:
- Inner Harbor
- USS Constellation
- Baltimore Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
- Baltimore World Trade Center Observation Level
- Fell's Point Ghost Tour
Day 2 You'll See:
Day 3 You'll See:
This sample three-day Baltimore Educational Extravaganza gets you and your student travel group access to all the best this historic East Coast destination has to offer with a menu of exciting classic attractions that promise to entertain, edify and inspire!
No Baltimore educational excursion would be complete without a visit to her world-famous Inner Harbor - the city's premier tourist attraction. Stop in at the Visitor Center to get your bearings; find out what’s happening while you’re in town! Discover Inner Harbor treasures at the Maritime Museum – step aboard her historic Tall Ships; explore the National Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views From the Baltimore World Trade Center, drop by the Maryland Science Center, visit Federal Hill Park and shop ‘til you drop at Harbor Place and Gallery – where you’ll also find Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Baltimore. Boatloads of popular attractions and the freshest seafood in town await visitors heading to Charm City.
This historic sloop of war – today preserved as a National Historic Monument - was the last sail-only warship designed and built by the US Navy. She was launched on 26 August 1854 and commissioned on 28 July 1855 with Captain Charles H. Bell in command; from 1855–1858 USS Constellation performed largely diplomatic duties as part of the US Mediterranean Squadron. Second in a series of 4 historic vessels bearing the name Constellation, she was flagship of the African Squadron from 1859–1861. During this period USS Constellation disrupted the African slave trade by interdicting three slave ships and releasing the imprisoned Africans.
Baltimore Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
Join the capable crew of Spirit of Baltimore for an awesome, 60-minute interactive tour - the only sightseeing excursion departing from the Inner Harbor and cruising out past Ft. McHenry and back. Relax aboard climate-controlled decks as you take in the view while enjoying a delightfully animated narration of Baltimore’s rich history. Passengers are treated to an insider’s view of the Charm City’s historic landmarks and points of interest, including Fells Point, National Aquarium, the John W. Brown Liberty Ship, the Marine Mammal Pavillion and the USS Constellation.
Baltimore World Trade Center Observation Level
On the 27th floor of the world's tallest pentagonal building you’ll find the only Baltimore attraction boasting an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Maryland's urban center. Top of the World’s expansive windows treat guests to incredible views of the surrounding city and beyond, all the way to Chesapeake Bay. Personable, well-informed guides share fascinating facts and colorful anecdotes as you peer through your binoculars, scanning the horizon from your lofty perch; a stop at the World Trade Center Observation Level is the perfect appetizer to whet your whistle for the rest of the veritable visual feast that IS the Charm City!
Fells Point Ghost Tour
Fell's Point in Baltimore, Maryland, was a rowdy seaport town. Its streets were full of sailors from foreign lands, immigrants anxious to being life anew, red-light ladies looking to make ends meet, and shady characters looking to scrub a living off the maritime industry. Imagine the restless spirits such a history might court! Grab your camera and head out on this popular walking tour to explore the myriad haunted landmarks, shops, and residences of historic Fells Point. But don't stray too far from your travel group; you never know when you'll find yourself bumping shoulders with the “lingering” past; expect plenty of chills and thrills on this haunted hike!
Fort McHenry, a star-shaped Baltimore landmark, is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. It was during the bombardment of Fort McHenry that Washington lawyer Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem that would eventually be set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven" and become the United States National Anthem. The first official 49- and 50-star American flags were flown over Fort McHenry and are still located on the premises.
The Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum
While visiting the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, you and your travel group will enjoy an enchantingly immersive experience where guests become part of one of the most important stories of our nation's history – the sewing of the flag that inspired the penning of our National Anthem. The Flag House was the home and business place of Mary Pickersgill, the spirited maker of the flag; you’ll “meet” Miss Mary, get a handle on life in the 19th century and participate in a host of traditional activities that let you test your own Early American mettle – see for yourself what life was like in 1812!
While in Baltimore, you must not miss your chance to visit to America’s First Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built from 1806-1821. This magnificent, architecturally stunning church is also a National Shrine, Marian Shrine, National Historic Landmark, and Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Pope John Paul II referred to the Basilica as “the worldwide symbol of religious freedom.” A stroll through the beautiful Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, adjacent to the Basilica, at the corner of North Charles and Franklin Street, rounds out your tour of this beloved Baltimore landmark.
Walters Art Museum
Landmark Walters Art Museum’s collection was amassed substantially by a father and son: William Thompson Walters and Henry Walters. Upon his death in 1931, Henry Walters bequeathed the massive holdings of more than 22,000 works and the building they were housed in to the city of Baltimore, “for the benefit of the public.” The expansive collection – now grown to more than 35,000 objects - includes Art Deco pieces, old master works, a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books, Egyptian mummies, Greek and Roman antiquities and Far Eastern ceramics.
This fantastic water world is one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions, featuring five levels and two glass pyramids housing everything from marine mammals, birds and reptiles to more than 5,000 species of fish; over 17,000 animals reside at National Aquarium. Your student travel group is sure to enjoy the seal pool, the Jellies Invasion, daily dolphin shows and a trek through a lush tropical rainforest, home to sloths, piranhas, Screaming Pihas and the Blue-crowned Motmot! A variety of immersion tours let you get behind the scenes to experience the Aquarium from an insider’s perspective.
Maryland Science Center
Maryland Science Center grabbed a Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Kids" In 2006; in 2008 the popular attraction was named one of the “10-Best Science Centers for Families” by Parent's magazine. Three levels of fascinating exhibits, a planetarium, observatory, IMAX Theater, demo stage and an impressive display of dinosaur skeletons continue to attract visitors to this engaging and entertaining interactive wonderland on the Inner Harbor.