We’re pretty excited about the upcoming Filtration 2014 conference in Baltimore. But we all know that after conference hours is a great time to relax and continue the networking activities outside of the convention center. So, we’ve looked up some fun things to do and some great places to eat while we spend time in the “The Greatest City in America,” as named by former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley in 2000.
- The Walters Art Museum. This one is for art lovers and is ranked as the number 1 Baltimore attraction on TripAdvisor. Why? Well, for starters, the admission is free (donations are appreciated). Reviewers have called it a “mini Metropolitan Museum of Art” and even “one of the most important museums in the United States.” On Thursday night, the museum is open until 9 pm, perfect timing for a post-conference visit! And, at only 1 mile away from the Baltimore Convention Center, it’s only a 5 minute cab ride or a 15-minute walk. Address: 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201. http://thewalters.org/
- Historic Ships in Baltimore. If you love naval or military history, this is a great stop for you. Note: the premier ship, the USS Constellation is currently in dry dock but there are still plenty of other ships at the pier, including the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney and the Lightship Chesapeake. Admission ranges from $11 for one ship to $18 for all ships and it’s located less than 0.5 mile from the convention center. Plan to visit either the day before or the day after the conference because operating hours are from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Address: 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. http://www.historicships.org.
- Fell’s Point. If you’re looking for great food, coffee shops, history and bars, you can find it at Fell’s Point. A ten-minute cab ride from the convention center, Fell’s Point was founded in 1763 and contains the oldest surviving residence in Baltimore, the Robert Long House, from 1765. Reviewers say “great night life,” “super restaurants and bars,” and “enjoyable night out!” Grab some colleagues and head out! Address: Fell’s Street, Baltimore, MD 21231.
- National Aquarium. A Travelers’ Choice 2014 Award Winner, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is located just across the harbor from the convention center. Visit Shark Alley, Jelly Invasion, the Tropical Rain Forest and more. This is another one for pre- or post-conference visiting since the operating hours are from 10 am to 4pm, with extended hours to 8pm on Friday. Admission is $34.95. Address: 501 E. Pratt Street, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD 21202. Website: http://www.aqua.org/
We did leave off Oriole Park at Camden Yards but, with the season already wrapped up, we’ll all just have to hope for another nonwoven or filtration conference to come to Baltimore in the summer.