Tourism Tuesdays


Explore Baltimore: The National Aquarium

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Cara Hullings

f2ebc0cb9598ff1973ec6f808984b61fWhat: Pay What You Want Day

Where: The National Aquarium, 501 E Pratt St

When: Sunday November 6th, 9am-5pm

Are you broke like me? Do you love marine life like me? Then come out to The National Aquarium this Sunday! The aquarium is bringing back Pay What You Want Day thanks to T. Rowe Rice. For whatever change you have in you pocket, you can gain admission to the aquarium for a fun filled day. Check out all the unique 20,000 animals and the award-winning exhibits, and go buy something from the gift shop with your leftover money.

The National Aquarium is also offering a 4-D Immersion Film for $5 and the chance to learn about some of the marine life in the exhibits. With a marine-biology lesson, almost-free admission, and access to see tons of animals, this event is the best way (and cheapest way) to spend your Sunday.

 



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Explore Baltimore: Baltimore Basilica

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

grandreopeningWhat: Basilica of the National Shrine of  the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Where: 409 Cathedral Street

When: Hours

As one of Baltimore’s most historic and beautiful building, the Basilica of the National Shrine of  the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a must-see while in Baltimore. This Basilica was built in 1821 and renovated in 2006, creating the amazing neoclassical architecture that stands there today. Although the architecture of the building is a sight to see, there are so many other cultural attractions to Baltimore’s Basilica. They have educational guided tours, which feature the upper levels of the church, a museum full of the history of the Basilica, and a prayer garden. All these destinations within the Basilica match the beauty of the building itself. So request your tour here and enjoy the aesthetic and cultural beauty of the Basilica of the National Shrine of  the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!



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Explore Baltimore: Rawlings Conservatory

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

rawlings-conservatory-and-botanic-gardens-of-baltimore-1-walter-oliver-nealWhat: Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

When: Wednesday- Sunday, 10am-4pm

Where: Druid Hill Park

Located within Druid Park, Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are a sight to be seen. Established in 1888, the Conservatory was designed by the famous architect George Federick and is home to various types of plants. They have several rooms to create different climates, allowing the Conservatory to house plants from all over the world.

As the season starts to change, come out to the Howard Rawlings Conservatory to cure your dreariness. Explore the inside of the beautiful building and look at Mediterranean flowers, tropical flowers, desert plants, and different types of Orchids. After a tour around this floral wonderland, your mood will be as bright as the flowers in the Conservatory.



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Explore Baltimore: Segway Safaris

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

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What: Segway tours

Where: Fells Point

When: 10am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm and 5pm

What’s the most touristy thing a tourist can do in Baltimore? Most people would say walking around the Inner Harbor. But no, they’re wrong; you can take it one step further by Segway-ing around the Inner Harbor. Segs in the City offers a ninety minute Segway Safari around the Inner Harbor/Fells Point so you can enjoy the scenery and the history of Baltimore area in comfort. Some of the points of interests seen on the Segway tour include Federal Hill, Katyn Memorial, Little Italy, and Harbor East. However, Segway Safari offers several tweaked routes, so feel free to build a route that appeals to your interests. Book your tour here and get rolling!



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Explore Baltimore: Bookfestival

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Cara Hullings

What: Book Festilogo-bbfval

Where: Inner Harbor

When: September 23rd-25th, 11am-7pm

Make reading fun by stopping by the Baltimore Bookfestival this weekend! This annual event has authors from all over and all levels of fame. You can pick up your favorite novels from one of the hundred booksellers, or discover a new favorite by listening to some of the many on-stage readings.

Books aren’t the only fun at the Inner Harbor this weekend though. The Bookfestival will have live music ever day from bands of every genre. There will also be some awesome activities going on throughout the weekend like book speed dating, pets on wheels, book page art, and swordplay demos. Each day has its own schedule of events, which you can check out here. Almost all events are free along with free admission, and if you’re a Loyola student, there will be free shuttles on Saturday.

 



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Explore Baltimore: Patterson Park

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

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What: The sights of Patterson Park

Where: 27 S Patterson Park Ave, Baltimore

When: Dawn until dusk

Patterson Park is home to some great sights in Baltimore. With attractions like the Patterson Pagoda, this is a beautiful park and a must-see while in the city! Within the park there is architecture free to explore. For example, the Patterson Pagoda, built in 1890, is open to the public from noon to 6pm on Sundays. So go walk the beautiful spiral stars and appreciate what is considered to be a symbol of Baltimore. Not to mention, they also host family events there from time to time.

If it’s a little hotter out, then you can also check out Boat Lake. Go look a the wildlife living around the lake or stroll down the boards on the water. Grossed out by the waterfowl? Then check out the fountain instead! Designed by the great George Frederick, this historical fountain is a neat place to hang out with your friends and take in the scenery. Or just go for a swim in the public pool!

Normally, parks in Winter are horrible. But not here! With admission to the ice skating rink priced at only $4.00, it’s a steal to come skate on a nice December day. You can find the hours for the rink here. No matter what the season, day or time, there’s plenty to see at the great Patterson Park, so make sure to add it to your Baltimore trip itinerary!



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Tourism Tuesday: Penguin Coast

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Allison Langley

penguincircle What: Penguin Coast

Where: Maryland Zoo

When: Hours

I am very excited to tell you about Penguin Coast at the Maryland Zoo and I think I might procrastinate on everything and go visit penguins. They are cute, they are friendly, and they look funny when they walk. I love them.

So waddle on down to the Maryland Zoo to see your favorite lil’ guys in the new exhibit. Penguin Coast features African penguins, this habitat is designed to replicate an African penguin’s environment on the South African Coast. Luckily for us humans, we will be able to get closer than ever and truly observe penguins with the new design. This is a great addition for both the penguins and their fans!

Go here to find out all the info about our lil’ penguins!



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Tourism Tuesday: Inner Harbor

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Allison Langley

HarborWhat: The Inner Harbor

Where: The Inner Harbor

When: Whenever you want to go.

I think this might be the most vague Tourism Tuesday, but yes, the Inner Harbor in the spring is something that every tourist and Baltimorean should visit/experience. We have all been spoiled with this amazing weather the past couple of days so how can one not think of a harbor with sail boats, blue crab, water taxis and the taste of a cool drink down by the water.

The Inner Harbor is the place to go because not only do they offer excellent dining choices they also have a wealth of fun activities. Try out the water taxi with the family to see all of Baltimore’s sites, or hit up Ripley’s Believe It or Not, or just go for a nice walk around the harbor.



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Tourism Tuesday: Baltimore 10-Miler

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Allison Langley

baltimore10miler What: Baltimore 10-Miler Race

When: June 4

Where: Druid Lake to Lake Montebello

No need to panic! You still have 56 days until the big day! The big day being the Baltimore 10-Miler…duh…

This is an excellent course, you may just want to go run it for fun after this… There are some lovely scenic routes as you loop around Druid Lake and Lake Montebello. After you beat that 10 mile mark you will be greeted with juicy, thirst quenching watermelons and cold towel, and special beverages for people of age. The super cool thing about the Baltimore 10-Miler race is that there are several way that you can give to some excellent charities through running. Places such as Athletes Serving Athletes, Back On My Feet, Team Diabetes, and Signal 13.

Volunteers are needed to make this all possible so if watching people run is more your speed then sign up!

So buy yourself some sweet Mizunos, put that running belt in place and jump into training to have an excellent race day! Go here to figure out where you need to do to get behind the start line!



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Tourism Tuesday: Orioles!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Allison Langley

Os What: Oriole’s Game!

Where: Camden Yards

When: Game Schedule!

Baltimoreeeee the O’s are back and better than ever!
It is finally that time of year where we can head over to Camden Yards, get a hot dog and what a good old fashioned ball game. For Baltimore natives or tourists this is an excellent idea to hang out with friends and family as the weather begins to get nicer and nicer. Make sure to find your best orange or Oriole’s attire, a faded orange baseball cap is absolute must, do not speak to me if you are not wearing one.

Oriole Park opened on April 6 in 1992, this is a ball park that paved the way for many more across the country. So while in Baltimore this season why not catch a game and take a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Go here for all the Oriole information you will ever need!



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