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About Baltimore

Baltimore offers a unique blend of historic charm, ethnic heritage and urban vitality. From the dynamic Inner Harbor to the rolling estates on the edges of the city, Baltimore is a community of people of all backgrounds and interests. The Inner Harbor features a variety of shops, food stands and restaurants. The National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and Fort McHenry are popular landmarks. Summer festivals highlight the many different nationalities and cultures in the area.

Baltimore's entertainment and cultural attractions include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which performs in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Lyric Opera House, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery. The Morris Mechanic Theater and Center Stage theater present traditional and contemporary plays and musicals. The Peabody Conservatory of Music, affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, offers concerts throughout the year. Concerts at the Pier 6 Pavilion, the Baltimore Arena and the Merriweather Post Pavilion run the gamut from swing to jazz, country music and rock.

Sports fans enjoy Orioles baseball and Ravens football, 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 in Northwest Baltimore. Hopkins lacrosse and University of Maryland football and basketball enliven the local sports scene.

Baltimore's mass transit system, including a subway stop on the Johns Hopkins medical campus in East Baltimore, delivers riders to dozens of destinations throughout the metropolitan area and downtown.

The AMTRAK train system services Baltimore at Penn Station, five minutes from The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Frequent service is available to Washington, D.C. (30-minute trip), Philadelphia (1½-hour trip), and New York (2½-hour trip). The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is 10 minutes from the city and offers a range of national and international flights daily.

Fun and Recreation

Living in Baltimore is ideal for taking advantage of the many activities available in Maryland. There is hardly a pastime — boating, fishing, skiing, hiking — that can't be found within an hour or two of the city. 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 makes for delightful bicycling and sightseeing. The beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, Rehoboth, Delaware, and Cape May, New Jersey are easy day trips from Baltimore, as is Assateague Island, Virginia, a seashore wildlife preserve where campers can view pelicans, herons and wild ponies roaming free.

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 and the National Gallery of Art, Washington and Georgetown offer a wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops and bookstores.

The state parks of Western Maryland, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, are the spot 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 the 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 Baltimore offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation, including horseback-riding, paths for bicycling, jogging and hiking, and numerous parks and reservoirs for a quite afternoon in the fresh air and sunshine.

In addition, the Denton A. Cooley Recreation Center, located on the East Baltimore campus of Hopkins, offers recreational facilities, including tennis courts and an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, as well as handball, racquetball, squash and basketball courts, elevated exercise machines, whirlpool and saunas.

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