Event Transportation in Baltimore, Maryland
Over the last 30 years, Baltimore, Maryland, has set the standard for urban renewal and renovation. These days it is a prime destination for events of all types. Baltimore sits at the crossroads of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states among a region of 50 million people, giving event planners an edge in attracting attendees.
Good portions of the city’s attractions are centered on the Inner Harbor area. However, the rest of the city’s distinct neighborhoods, historic places and family-friendly attractions make it one of the top tourism destinations in the United States.
Getting to Baltimore is easy whether by land (bus, train, or car), sea or air. There are three major airports serving the Baltimore metro area and nearby Washington D.C., including Baltimore-Washington International, Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.
For meetings and events, Event Transportation Systems (ETS) provides the expertise meeting planners need to plan and execute transportation programs, including hotel shuttles, group airport transportation, VIP transportation and shuttle advertising services for planners interested in generated additional sponsorship revenue. Shuttle advertising is managed by Newsday Communications, the sponsorship programming arm of ETS.
Baltimore Meeting and Event Venues
Event planners looking at Baltimore have many meeting facilities to choose from, including the 2010-renovated Baltimore Convention Center that offers 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, about 85,000 square feet of meeting space (divided up between 50 rooms) and a multi-function 36,672 square foot ballroom.
Other popular conference centers include Coppin State University, Hilton Baltimore, Loyola University, the Mt. Washington Conference Center and UMBC Columbus Center located in the Inner Harbor.
In keeping with modern environmental consciousness, Baltimore Convention Center has committed steps to build a special environmental management system including waste reduction measures, reduced water consumption, an outdoor terrace “green” roof with drought-resistant vegetation, and “designed for the environment” cleaning products.
For offsite events, the National Aquarium can host up to 2,500 conference attendees, and the Maryland Zoo can hold up to 6,000 guests. These unique venues allow for built-in entertainment with nature. Consider one of the many museums or charter ships as well.
Baltimore Entertainment and Side Trips
When planning an event in Baltimore, experience everything the “Charm City” has to offer. With its moderate climate, a visit to Baltimore, Maryland, is a great experience any time of the year.
Around the festive Baltimore Harbor are event venues, hotels of all sizes, interesting landmarks, unique shops and delicious restaurants. To take it all in, many visitors experience the city through a harbor cruise or via a14-boat fleet of water taxis with continuous service to more than 35 attractions.
The oldest part of Baltimore is known as Fells Point, and it is reminiscent of an old English village, complete with cobblestone streets and friendly pubs. Or experience the rich smells and tastes of the Little Italy neighborhood’s authentic restaurants.
Visitors shouldn’t miss some of the more famous attractions in and around Baltimore including:
- Fort McHenry, the fort that defended the harbor while Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem as he watched the bombardment during the War of 1812
- The Flag House where the Stars and Stripes was created
- The USS Constellation, the last Civil War vessel afloat
- Homes and monuments including those for Babe Ruth, poet Edgar Allen Poe, writer and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass and jazz singer Billie Holiday
Hotel Accommodations in Baltimore
More than 8,500 hotel rooms are located around the Inner Harbor area and Baltimore Convention Center. Thousands more are just a short shuttle away.
All major hotel brands such as Choice, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Royal Sonesta, Starwood and Wyndham are located here, along with charming inns and B&BS such as the Lord Baltimore Hotel—named for the city’s 17th century English founder.
Let ETS Design Your Transportation Services
Although Baltimore’s conventions can be centered around the Inner Harbor, transportation is often needed for larger city-wide meetings. Let ETS design the routes and provide the ground transportation services that will get your convention and meeting attendees where they need to be, safely, efficiently and on-time.
ETS provides a web-based transportation app – ETS-Next-Shuttle – for attendees, which allows them to view shuttles in real time on a map and get real time information about pick up times at hotels.
Contact us about airport transfers, executive transportation, and shuttle services, as well as shuttle bus wraps and video advertising.