Charmer of a City

Coming to Baltimore for the AAEP Convention? Here are some tips on places to see and things to do.

When the American Association of Equine Practitioners hits Baltimore, Maryland, this December, convention-goers and their families will be treated to much more than a meeting of veterinary minds. Here’s a look at some of the attractions and amenities for which “Charm City” is known.

History, Horses and More

If you’re interested in doing some sight-seeing, Baltimore offers a veritable smorgasbord of attractions. Start at Baltimore’s World Trade Center on East Pratt Street for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the skyline and harbor from Top of the World, on the 27th floor. For location and hours, call 410-837-VIEW.

The city’s Inner Harbor, which was redeveloped in the 1970s, is a natural mecca for tourists. And small wonder: Aside from its maritime beauty, it’s home to such hot spots as the Harborplace shops and eateries; the National Aquarium, where you can view more than 11,000 aquatic animals; the Power Plant entertainment complex and the hands-on exhibits of the Maryland Science Center, to name just a few.

Cultural resources abound, too, in Baltimore, with museums, historical sites and businesses dedicated to everything from visionary art, Babe Ruth, glass and ceramics to Edgar Allen Poe, “urban pirates,” and the railroad. You can even tour some of the city’s more memorable sites by speed boat, if the mood strikes you. For more ideas and contact information, visit

Baltimore’s historic attractions are many and varied. The city played a crucial role in the War of 1812 when soldiers stationed at Fort McHenry successfully held off a British attack on Baltimore. For information and directions, call 410-962-4290.

Other trips down Memory Lane could include a tour of the USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship still afloat in the United States (ring 410-539-1797 for information); the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards (410-727-1539); the Baltimore Civil War Museum (410-685-3750); and the first monument to our nation’s first president, a 178-foot Doric column honoring George Washington that has presided over Mount Vernon Place since 1829.

No horse lover’s trip to Baltimore would be complete without a stop by Pimlico Race Course, home to the Preakness Stakes (the second leg of flat racing’s Triple Crown) since 1873. Call 410-542-9400 for information.

Dining Delights

When it comes to cuisine, fresh seafood—especially blue crab, a regional delicacy—is where Baltimore really shines. However, the city has restaurants with menus to suit nearly every taste and price range.

Within walking distance of the Baltimore Convention Center, you’ll find (among others) the Chef Paolino Cafe (Italian and deli foods, 410-837-6909); Dotties (a gourmet shop offering fresh soups and salads, 410-685-3500); Frank & Nic’s West End Grille (casual restaurant/sports bar, 410-685-6800); the Geisha Sushi Bar (410-685-2099); and the Luna Del Sea Steak & Seafood Bistro (410-752-8383).

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