About Baltimore

Photo of a tall ship in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and is located near the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, and includes the cobblestone streets of Fells Point and Federal Hill, the avenues of Mount Vernon, and the blue-collar neighborhoods to the east and west of downtown. The Inner Harbor is the center of hotels, restaurants, shopping and business. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music also hosts a concert series. The Hippodrome Theater, home of original and touring shows, is located in a residential district around the corner from the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. The Lyric Opera House, located next to Meyerhoff Hall is home to the Baltimore Opera Company as well as many other original performances. The city also supports many educational and cultural institutions, including the Maryland Science Center, Center Stage, Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, several repertory theaters, over a dozen museums, and the Baltimore Zoo. There are more than 70 accredited institutions of higher education in the Baltimore-Washington area. Baltimore has two major professional sports teams, the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Baltimore Orioles of MLB. For many people, Baltimore is considered the epicenter of high school and college lacrosse, and for several years has hosted the NCAA Championship games for Men’s and Women’s collegiate lacrosse.