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Living in Baltimore

Baltimore is a spirited city - a unique blend of historic charm, ethnic heritage and urban vitality. In the midst of a sweeping renaissance that has brought a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Baltimore has retained the distinctive flavor of its past as a port city on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Attractions Near Baltimore

The Inner Harbor +
The nationally acclaimed Inner Harbor is the centerpiece of the city's renaissance. Surrounded by such landmarks as the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the U.S.F. Constellation and the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Inner Harbor is a waterfront showcase, featuring shops, restaurants, harbor cruises and a variety of activities year-round. Summer brings a splash of colorful festivals celebrating Baltimore's cultural and ethnic heritage. Fort McHenry, birthplace of "The Star-Spangled Banner", offers a glimpse of Baltimore's past, as does the B&O Museum -- which celebrates the inception of the railroad -- the Maryland Historical Society, Peale Museum and Carroll Mansion. Visits to the homes of Edgar Allan Poe, Babe Ruth and H.L. Mencken provide a look into the lives of some of Baltimore's most famous citizens.
Music +
Baltimore's cultural scene is as diverse and alive as the city itself. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The elegant Lyric Opera House, the Peabody Conservatory and the outdoor stages of Merriweather Post Pavilion, Pier 6 and Oregon Ridge play host to every musical taste from classical and jazz to country music and rock.
Theater & Art +

Theater-goers will find the bright lights of Broadway at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (Hippodrome). Center Stage, the city's outstanding repertory company, as well as the Theatre Project, Arena Players and numerous dinner theaters offer a wide variety of entertaining productions from classic and contemporary to modern dance and experimental performance works.

For lovers of the visual arts, the renowned Cone Collection of early 20th-century works by Matisse and Picasso is housed at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Walters Art Gallery holds a magnificent collection of Oriental, Egyptian and European art and artifacts. Exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and numerous private galleries around town make for a lively contemporary art scene.

Sports +
Sports fans enjoy Orioles baseball, the Ravens football team and the Blast indoor soccer team, along with the yearly Governor's Cup yacht race on the Chesapeake Bay. The Preakness, second jewel in the Triple Crown of Horse Racing, is run each year at Pimlico Race Course. Hopkins lacrosse and University of Maryland football and basketball also enliven the sports scene.
The Chesapeake Bay & other wildlife +

The Chesapeake Bay, bountiful with seafood including Baltimore's favorite oysters and blue crabs, offers swimming, sailing, motor boating and fishing. Along the Eastern Shore, flat terrain dotted with country towns and fishing villages make for delightful bicycling and sightseeing.

The beaches of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey are easy day trips from Baltimore, as is Assateague Island, Va., a seashore wildlife preserve where campers can view pelicans, herons and wild ponies roaming free.

Annapolis & Washingon, D.C. +

Historic Annapolis, the state capital and home of the United States Naval Academy, is a town for architecture buffs, boaters and seafood lovers. Only 45 minutes from Baltimore, it offers beautifully preserved 18th-century mansions and historic landmarks along with harbor cruises, sailing schools, antique shops and restaurants.

Washington, D.C., with its myriad historical and cultural attractions, is about an hour's drive from Baltimore. In addition to the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of American History, the National Gallery and the Hirshhorn and Phillips collections, Washington and its Georgetown area offer a wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops and bookstores.

State Parks & Outdoor Recreation +

The state parks of Western Maryland, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, are spots for hikers and campers.

Deep Creek Lake, a year round resort, offers a variety of water sports in the summer and skiing both downhill and cross-country in winter at nearby Wisp. The C&O Canal, which extends from Cumberland in Western Maryland to Georgetown in Washington, D.C., offers picnicking, fishing and horseback riding. Canoeing and rafting are especially popular along the C&O Canal and on the white water of the Potomac and Youghiogheny Rivers.

A little closer to home, the rolling countryside just outside of Baltimore offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation, including horseback-riding, paths for bicycling, jogging and hiking, and numerous parks and reservoirs for a quiet afternoon in the fresh air and sunshine. If you like outdoor recreation, Baltimore is a great place to be! In fact, there is hardly a pastime—boating, fishing, skiing, hiking—that cannot be found within an hour or two of the city.

The Cooley Center at Johns Hopkins +
The Denton A. Cooley Recreation Center, located on The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus, offers complete recreational facilities, including tennis courts and an Olympic size outdoor swimming pool as well as handball, racquetball, squash and basketball courts, an elevated running track, exercise machines, whirlpool and sauna. Learn more about The Cooley Center
Travel +

AMTRAK services Baltimore at Penn Station, five minutes from the Hospital. There is frequent service to Washington, D.C. (30-minute trip), to Philadelphia (1 1/2-hour trip), and New York (2 1/2-hour trip).

The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is 15 minutes from the city and offers a full range of national and international flights daily.

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