The CLEC 2019 headquarters hotel is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood, which has become one of the city’s major tourist destinations. Within walking distance of the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel you will find museums, shopping, world-class restaurants, history, and more.
Take in breathtaking views from the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center, the world’s tallest pentagonal building. The observation level is managed by Baltimore’s Office of Promotion & the Arts, which supports artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
See the world from below the surface at the National Aquarium. Baltimore’s most popular attraction, the aquarium includes a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D Immersion Theater, the Living Seashore touch pool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall.
Step back in time and board historic ships that line the Inner Harbor. Enjoy “hands-on encounters with history,” demonstrations, activities, and tours. History buffs can also venture beyond the Inner Harbor to learn about the Battle of Baltimore and the birth of the "Star Spangled Banner" at Fort McHenry; visit the Civil War Museum; or tour the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.
Tip: Every afternoon the USS Constellation pays homage to its historic past by staging a live firing demonstration. If you’re nearby, stop by her berth on Pier 1 (of the Inner Harbor’s West Wall) to see and hear the National Historic Landmark’s firing of the Parrot rifle firsthand.
Explore the Inner Harbor by water with the Baltimore Water Taxi. Purchase one- or two-day passes and get unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods.
Shop ‘til you drop at Harborplace or The Gallery, which feature a mix of unique shops, restaurants, and diverse eateries. For high-end stores and local boutiques, venture a little further to the Harbor East neighborhood.
Grab a drink with friends at nearby Power Plant Live!, a dining and entertainment destination. The complex consists of various bars, clubs, restaurants, and event venues.
Near Inner Harbor
A short ride from the Inner Harbor brings you to a number of opportunities to experience more Baltimore neighborhoods and history.
Fells Point is a waterfront community known for its 18th- and 19th-century homes and storefronts, mixed among modern boutiques, stores, and eateries. The historic neighborhood features a variety of year-round tours, including Baltimore National Heritage Area’s Historic Fell’s Point Trail Tour, Haunted Pub Walk, and Wicked History Tours and Pub Crawls.
Climb to the top of Federal Hill for the best views of the city. Tour Fort McHenry, the birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And visit the American Visionary Art Museum—not your typical art museum. It was designated by Congress as America’s national museum for self-taught art. While there, grab a bite in Mr. Rain’s Fun House and stop in the amazing gift shop, Sideshow, packed with original art, books, jewelry, toys, and accessories.
Sports fans should check out the Stadiums Area to see M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Ravens, and Camden Yards, homefield for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Two blocks from Camden Yards is the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, which features rare artifacts, photos, videos, and more. If trains are more your thing, take a trip to the B&O Railroad Museum to see, touch, hear, and explore the most important railroad collection in America..
In the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District you will find Broadway plays at the legendary Hippodrome Theatre; Lexington Market, home to Baltimore’s “best crabcake”; and the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, where you can see his writing desk and other artifacts.
The CLEC 2019 schedule includes Friday evening free to explore Baltimore with your clinical laboratory educator friends. We hope you have fun getting to know the Charm City.
Photos courtesy of Visit Baltimore.