Baltimore's skyline is newer and higher, and so is the level of pride Baltimoreans take in their exciting new city. Urban renewal continues to happen at a rapid pace. Baltimore is becoming one of the nation's premier convention meeting locations. The Inner Harbor is the city's main tourist area, attracting one million people each weekend (located 5 blocks from the campus). At one end is the National Aquarium and at the other is the Maryland Science Center. The U.S.S. Constellation, the nation's oldest wartime ship, is docked between them at the center of Harborplace, one of the country's first and most beautiful waterfront shopping malls.
Baltimore is home to the most amazing baseball stadium in America - Oriole Park at Camden Yards, just two blocks from UFM. Also the NFL's 2001 Champions - the Baltimore Ravens - play in one of the newest football stadiums in America, located next to Camden Yards. New to the area is the Baltimore Grand Prix, where IndyCars race close to 200 mph one block from UFM through the streets of downtown Baltimore each labor day weekend. And every year, horse racing enthusiasts turn to Baltimore for The Preakness, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown run at Pimlico Race Course.
As a cultural center, Baltimore offers a world-renowned symphony, opera, theaters, a variety of concert venues attracting local and national recording artists, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Maryland Institute College of Art, The Walters Art Gallery, The American Visionary Art Museum, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Numerous cultural events take place throughout the year allowing exposure to different cultures from around the world. The city is conveniently located in the Boston-Washington corridor, making Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. an easy drive.
Two and a half hours east of Baltimore are the Atlantic beaches. 30 minutes to the south lies Annapolis, the state capital and premier boating center for the Chesapeake Bay. One hour to the west are the Appalachian mountains, offering year-round recreation, including skiing in the winter. Maryland is, indeed, an America in miniature.