Baltimore Visitor Center
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The new Baltimore Visitor Center opened in May at the Inner Harbor, an inlet of the Patapsco River off of the Chesapeake Bay. As a starting point for visitors, the center is the perfect way to discover and explore areas of the region's sites, history, events, accommodations, maritime activities, attractions and restaurants. Trained information specialists provide interpretive materials and information as well as sell tickets to area Gateway sites. Attractions brochures and thematic displays assist in interpreting all the activities available in and around Baltimore. The “Baltimore Experience” film takes visitors on an exciting tour around Baltimore and state of Maryland.
Location / Directions:

From the North

Via I-95 South:

  • Follow I-95 South through the Fort McHenry Tunnel ($1 toll) to exit 53 (I-395 North, Downtown)
  • Bear left off the exit and follow signs to the Inner Harbor
  • At the first light, make a right onto Conway Street (heading east)
  • The Baltimore Visitor Center is located 2 blocks straight ahead at the Inner Harbor's west shore along Light Street
  • Visitor Center customers are allowed complimentary 45-minute parking at the Sam Smith parking lot located next to the building.

Via I-83 South:

  • Follow I-83 South (Jones Falls Expressway) to the merger of I-83 and I-695 West
  • Continue on I-83/I-695 merger for one mile to Exit 23A (I-83 South, Downtown)
  • Proceed on I-83 South until the expressway ends in the downtown area and becomes President Street
  • At the third light, make a right onto Lombard Street (heading west)
  • Follow Lombard Street six blocks to Light Street and make a left
  • Travel two blocks and the Baltimore Visitor Center will be on your left at the Inner Harbor's west shore along Light Street
  • Visitor Center customers are allowed complimentary 45-minute parking at the Sam Smith parking lot located next to the building.

From the South

Via I-95 North:

  • Follow I-95 North to Exit 53 (I-395 North, Downtown)
  • Bear left off the exit and follow signs to the Inner Harbor
  • At the first light, make a right onto Conway Street (heading east)
  • The Baltimore Visitor Center is located 2 blocks straight ahead at the Inner Harbor's west shore along Light Street
  • Visitor Center customers are allowed complimentary 45-minute parking at the Sam Smith parking lot located next to the building.

From the West

Via I-70 East:

  • Follow I-70 East to Exit 91 (I-695 South, Glen Burnie)
  • From I-695 South, take Exit 11A (I-95 North, Baltimore)
  • Proceed on I-95 North to Exit 53 (I-395 North, Downtown)
  • Bear left off the exit and follow signs to the Inner Harbor
  • At the first light, make a right onto Conway Street (heading east)
  • The Baltimore Visitor Center is located 2 blocks straight ahead at the Inner Harbor's west shore along Light Street
  • Visitor Center customers are allowed complimentary 45-minute parking at the Sam Smith parking lot located next to the building.
Address: Baltimore Visitor Center
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Visitor Phone: (877) 225-8466
Business Phone: (410) 659-7300
E-mail: vc@baltimore.org
Activities:

The center offers a number of activities and services including:

  • Reservations for tickets and hotels
  • 10 minute visitor orientation film in 50 seat theater
  • Touch screen information kiosks
  • Special events and promotions conducted in the center by member attractions
  • Brochures, maps and information
  • Trained information resource specialists
  • Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: 7 days a week - 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Hours may vary depending on activities and holidays.
Fees: None.
Visitor Facilities: The facility includes a large exhibition hall, a 50 seat theater and public restrooms. The center will be a starting point for walking, hiking and biking tours in 2005.
Accessibility: The entire facility is on one floor and automatic doors are at the north and south ends of the building. Service animals are permitted. The 10-minute visitor orientation film is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. The restrooms are also handicap accessible.
Website: http://www.baltimore.org

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY