Experience a variety of attractions when you visit the three major cities in Maryland: Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. A short ride from one another, each boasts their own style of history, charm, and entertainment. Make the BWI Region your home base as you explore all three cities.
Washington D.C. is well known for its museums, monuments, and its role as our nation’s capital, but the city has an array of fresh food, arts, and stylish neighborhoods just waiting to be explored.
To the northeast of D.C., you’ll find streets flooded with history. From the oldest Maryland State House still in continuous legislative use to the homes of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence, Annapolis’ brick lined streets truly make history come alive. The “Sailing Capital of the U.S. is also home to one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.
Within thirty minutes of both Annapolis and Washington D.C., Baltimore has the city feel with the waterfront views. Explore the world-famous Inner Harbor with its renowned museums, plethora of activities, and award-winning restaurants.
The BWI region is a mecca for live music and entertainment. With large venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion, Rams Head On Stage, and Baltimore Soundstage, it’s easy to catch one of your favorite musical performances any day of the week. New to the BWI region is the Live! Casino entertainment center which hosts national acts in their 1500 person (soon to be 4000 person theater).
Along with music venues, this region has a thriving cultural scene with world-class sound stages and theaters such as the Hippodrome Theatre. Bringing entertainment to the region since 1914, the Hippodrome currently provides the perfect stage for Broadway’s biggest touring productions. Other multi-purpose facilities that host a number of shows from concerts and comedy to boxing and theater is Royal Farms Arena, LIVE! Casino & Hotel, and Modell Performing Arts Center.
Over the past few years, the craft brew business in Maryland has expanded throughout the state. With more than 70 craft breweries existing in Maryland, Anne Arundel County is home to several of them. Big names including Heavy Seas, DuClaw, and Jailbreak are just a few of the well-known standouts. Serving up award-winning beers from IPAs to stouts, it’s obvious this is a beer lovers paradise.
New to the scene is the first and only Guinness brewery in the United States, and two taprooms: The Crooked Crab Brewery and Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery. The taprooms offer a variety of their brews a few days a week to a crowd looking to savor a refreshing beer. The world-class Guinness brewery is an ultimate beer destination in itself, offering tours on its 62-acre site, a tasting room, gift shop, and visitors center. Make a trip and come taste the fine craft beer taking over our region.
If you’re looking for art and entertainment, you’ve come to the right place. Our region boasts a vibrant display of creativity, from small galleries and street art, to performing art studios and signature art festivals.
Baltimore is home to three state-designated arts districts. Within those districts you’ll find the Visionary Art Museum that specializes in preserving and displaying raw art; the Baltimore Museum of Art that holds a collection of 95,000 objects; and one of the oldest art colleges in the U.S. – Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore even hosts two of the area’s biggest art events: Artscape and Light City. Artscape is a three-day outdoor festival where visitors enjoy an array of visual and live arts from over 150 artists throughout the city neighborhoods. Light City is a free large-scale light, music, and innovation festival that looks to power social change through arts, music, and culture.
Annapolis’ reputation as a visual arts destination dates back to the 18th century. And, just off of the Annapolis Arts District is one of the city’s most notable galleries – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Here, visitors can enjoy four art galleries, numerous classes, residency programs, and performance arts ranging from pop music to ballet. Like Maryland Hall, the Chesapeake Arts Center houses a number of theatrical performances, educational classes, movie showings, live music events, and more. They are dedicated to elevating the lives of their community through arts.
Arts in the region wouldn’t flourish if it wasn’t for the continued support by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. They are constantly looking for new ways to invest in the arts and historic preservation of our area. The Arts Council also assists in establishing programming and promotions amongst our galleries through exhibits like those at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. These exhibits rotate every four months and display artwork by local residents. Come check out our art lovers’ destination!
No matter what team you support, everyone loves watching sports. We live for the thrill of the game, the time with our friends, and, of course, the bragging rights. It’s a good thing our area is in close proximity to not only one, but seven elite teams.
Baltimore is Birdland. Camden Yards is home to the Baltimore Orioles. Right across The Yard is Ravens stadium, where fans bleed purple for their beloved NFL team. One of the biggest sporting events each year is battle of the beltways, where the Baltimore Ravens take on the Washington Redskins – an intense rivalry that has been around for years. Head further down the beltway and you’ll see Washington D.C.’s newest team addition since 2005, the Washington Nationals.
An up-and-coming sport that has made its home here is the “official Maryland team sport”: Lacrosse. While playing host to 17 NCAA Division One Lacrosse Championships, Maryland is also home to the Bayhawks, the professional men’s field lacrosse team based in Annapolis. And lastly, we can’t reference Annapolis without mentioning Navy Football. Fans from all around flood the streets of Annapolis to catch the Midshipmen in action, either at a local bar or at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Offering up a diverse terrain from urban areas and forested mountains to the countryside and coastal plain, there’s a little something for every adventurer.
Take a tour around the Inner Harbor with Watermark or head over to Annapolis for a sailing excursion on the bay aboard Woodwind. Enjoy high-speed fun as you zip through the trees with Terrapin Adventures or race your friends at Autobahn Speed, the best indoor go-karting facility in the county. Interested in seeing the sites? Get a bird’s-eye view of the area from a tour in the sky with Monumental Helicopters. There are countless discoveries awaiting in Anne Arundel County.