Baltimore's continued vitality comes from a variety of offerings: its strategic location on the Atlantic seaboard, its walkable layout (with a free Charm City Circulator bus for those who'd rather not walk), and a wealth of culinary and cultural riches.
DAY 1: UNFURL HISTORY
Both "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the American flag have roots in Baltimore -- at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (pictured) to be exact. Start your group's Baltimore jaunt with an interactive Flag Talk.
Science is uncorked at the Maryland Science Center, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the U.S. Three floors of demonstrations exercise attendees' imaginations while they learn a new fact or two.
Your group will be spooked during a haunted walking tour of the many ghosts and hauntings of the historic maritime village of Fell's Point.
DAY 2: BALTIMORE CHOPS
Kick off the day at Miss Shirley's Cafe, a family-run Baltimore landmark that is known for its coconut cream-stuffed French toast, fried green tomatoes, grits, and chicken and waffles.
Your group will enjoy a walk through Little Italy, an area rich with history and authentic Italian culture and cuisine. The tour also includes a visit to historic Jonestown, once a predominately Jewish enclave, and still home to Baltimore's corn-beef row.
Enjoy dinner at Waterfront Kitchen, a seed-to-table restaurant that sources ingredients as locally and seasonally as possible, and then tour its accompanying greenhouse. Then give your group a taste of Baltimore nightlife at Power Plant Live!, featuring entertainment and restaurants all spilling out into a common plaza with outdoor seating.
DAY 3: MUSEUM OPTIONS
Travel back in time with Ms. Masie's dramatic interpretation of historical moments in Baltimore's history at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
Tour the American Visionary Art Museum, which pays homage to "outsider art," focusing on intuitive, self-taught artistry. Stay for lunch at Encantada, the new restaurant that combines food and art for a multisensory experience. The restaurant supports regional farms, ranches, and aquaculture.
The National Aquarium, an Inner Harbor institution, makes an impressive backdrop for a reception. Your group can walk into a room surrounded by sharks, stroll among coral reefs, and visit a rainforest on the roof.