Day 1 You'll See:
- Inner Harbor
- USS Constellation
- National Aquarium
- Top of the World Observation Level
- Baltimore Ghost Tour
Day 2 You'll See:
This sample 2-day Baltimore field trip is perfect for a student group wanting to see all the city's main attractions in one short visit!
The Inner Harbor Region has been welcoming people, ships, and goods since the 1600s. When you visit the location, you can dine, shop, explore museums, and check out entertainment attractions. The best shopping destination in the area is known as Harbor Place. At the location, guests can shop, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, and enjoy seasonal live entertainment as part of the experience. You can shop at music stores, a bookstore, malls, and specialty shops. Visitors can also purchase novelty items and souvenirs.
The last vessel from the Civil War era, the USS Constellation was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail that was made by the United States Navy. Some people say that the name USS Constellation represents the stars on the flag, your group can decide for themselves as they climb aboard and get a glimpse of the life of a sailor in days past. Step into the slice of historic life as you explore the goings-on inside the USS Constellation!
When you visit the National Aquarium, you will see sea creatures and featured exhibits including Blacktip Reef. Here, you will encounter animals such as blacktip reef sharks, whiptail rays, a 500-pound green sea turtle, and zebra sharks. The Living Seashore exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to touch interesting animals. You can graze your hand over a moon jelly and an Atlantic stingray, learn about some of the beach’s treasures including horseshoe crabs, sand dollars, and egg cases, and you can also discover shore secrets through interactive digital touch-table games.
Top of the World Observation Level
On the 27th floor, you will be greeted by 360-degree views of Inner Harbor, the surrounding city, and the Chesapeake Bay through the expansive viewing windows. The views of the Baltimore skyline and harbor beyond will leave you breathless! You will use stationed binoculars and photo-map guides during your viewing experience, the guides also allowing you to learn about local attractions, sites, and neighborhoods.
Baltimore Ghost Tour
Being the 'leading haunted tour in Baltimore', we highly recommend you take the Original Fells Point GhostWalk. This tour will take you on a historic journey of the once 'rowdy seaport town' as it tells you all about clipper ships, international sailors, and, of course, ladies of the night! All of these things together make for some interesting ghost stories, trust us! This tour is meant for all ages and lasts about an hour and a half. It is so historically accurate and entertaining that it has even won a few awards of recognition!
Fort McHenry National Monument
The fort was made a national park in 1925 as well as a national monument and historic shrine in 1939, the only such place to be honored with the dual designation. There are several daily events in which your group can participate including flag changes, ranger talks, and flag talks among others. Stop by the Visitor Center first to explore a myriad of exhibits and videos on the fort's history, the War of 1812, and The Star-Spangled Banner. Groups are allowed to tour the grounds or accompany a park ranger to learn more about the park's history as you tour
Star-Spangled Banner Museum
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore is not only a renowned museum but a historical attraction in itself, offering educational value to all visiting student groups. The Flag House itself was built in 1793 and occupied by one Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the everlastingly famous "Star-Spangled Banner" which flew proudly over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.
American Visionary Art Museum
One of the most unique and entertaining stops you can make during your Baltimore visit is the American Visionary Art Museum, the popular art museum located in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This small museum provides a presentation and display of 'outsider art', the artists involved being self-taught and more out-of-the-box than most. The exhibits within are rotating and quite unusual, giving your group a chance to glimpse modern American art while still enjoying themselves. There are also two onsite sculpture plazas and a lush garden you will have to visit.