The best way to have an enjoyable vacation and to ensure you spend most of your time sight-seeing and not trying to decide what to do is to check with the local tourist offices prior to or upon arrival in a new city. Baltimore offers a variety of tourist offices to help make each traveler’s stay an enjoyable one.

Of special note is the new Baltimore Visitor Center that opened in May 2004. This one-stop shop gives visitors information on events and attractions, offers brochures on numerous attractions and maps of the city, assists in making reservations for lodging and dining, allows you to purchase tickets for a variety of tours, museums, and theaters, and provides information on Baltimore’s history, arts, neighborhoods, and shopping. The center also offers a quick 11-minute film describing Baltimore’s old, new, and off-beat attractions.

In order to make the most of your vacation to Baltimore, spend an hour or so in the Visitor Center or talk with a representative from one of the other offices listed below. These professionals know the city inside and out and will be able to provide information on the well-known attractions as well as the ones not seen by everyone, allowing your trip to be specialized to your specific interests.

If your trip to Baltimore includes other areas of Maryland, several tourist offices offer information and maps about parks, beaches, shopping, and the many other activities to do outside of the city. Make sure you check with one of these experts to help you plan your trip accordingly. Two of the best services the tourist information officers can offer are directions from one place to another and suggest the order in which you do your activities to help minimize the time spent traveling in the car.

  • Baltimore Visitor Center
    401 Light Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Baltimore Area Convention and Visitor’s Association
    100 Light Street, 12th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    www.baltimore.org
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
    7 East Redwood Street, Ste. 500
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    www.bop.org
  • Maryland Office of Tourism Development
    217 East Redwood Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    www.mdisfun.org
  • Baltimore Tourism Association
    P.O. Box 388
    Baltimore, MD 21203
  • Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau
    825 Dulaney Valley Road, 2nd Floor
    Towson, MD 21204
    www.visitbacomd.com
  • Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
    301 Washington Avenue
    Towson, MD 21204