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Exploring the Accessibility of Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA Skyline. Sean Pavone from Getty Images Pro

One of my favorite places to drive to is Baltimore, Maryland, a city rich in history, culture, and waterfront charm.  It’s a place which offers a range of inclusive and accessible experiences for visitors of all abilities. It’s also a place known for its iconic landmarks, vibrant arts scene, cool sports venues, and some of the best seafood on the East Coast! 

I’ve been traveling to Baltimore for decades and I’ve watched this city grow and I’ve watched it wither during difficult times. No matter, it remains a favorite place for a long weekend. Here, you’ll find accessible taxis, accessible accommodations, and plenty of accessible things to do.  I’ll be back soon, Baltimore.  In the meantime, here are some recommendations for a fun and accessible trip to Baltimore.

Accessible Historic Sites

Baltimore’s rich history is reflected in its accessible historic sites. The Inner Harbor, a busy and fun waterfront area, provides accessible pathways, ramps, and elevators, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline and access to attractions like the National Aquarium. Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, offers accessible paths and exhibits, allowing visitors to delve into America’s past.

Inclusive Museums and Cultural Institutions

Baltimore is home to a variety of museums and cultural institutions that prioritize accessibility. The Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, and American Visionary Art Museum offer accessible entrances, elevators, and exhibits. These institutions also provide assistive listening devices, tactile experiences, and accessible programming to ensure an inclusive and engaging visit for all.

Accessible Waterfront Activities

Baltimore’s waterfront presents opportunities for inclusive activities. The Waterfront Promenade and Harborplace along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offer accessible pathways for walking and taking in the scenic views. Some of the boats in The Water Taxi system provide wheelchair-accessible boats for convenient transportation and sightseeing along the Inner Harbor and neighboring districts.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Baltimore offers adaptive sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Bennett Blazers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, offers adaptive sports programs for youth with disabilities, including wheelchair basketball, swimming, and track and field. The Maryland Rehabilitation and Research Center provides accessible outdoor recreational areas and equipment rentals for activities such as fishing and nature trails.

Accessible Dining and Entertainment

Baltimore is famous for its fresh seafood, and especially for the Maryland Blue Crab – number one on my list since I was a toddler!  In fact, I will admit that I am a crab and crab cake food snob.  Baltimore’s culinary scene and entertainment venues spread beyond what’s available in the Inner Harbor area but you will find the most accessible establishments close to the waterfront. 

Many restaurants and eateries offer accessible entrances, spacious seating, and accessible restroom facilities, but be sure to check ahead as some may not meet your accessibility needs.  The city also has a fairly vibrant arts and entertainment scene, including The Maryland Art Place, accessible theaters, music venues such as Club 1111 and the Baltimore Soundstage, and performance spaces, ensuring that visitors can fully participate in the cultural experiences Baltimore has to offer.

Baltimore continues to make progress with the level of accessibility offered in most of its establishments.  It’s easy to get there – BWI Airport is just a short taxi ride away, or take the  Amtrak train, or drive like I do, if you can.  It’s a great city for sports and home to the Baltimore Orioles baseball team with one of the most accessible stadiums I’ve ever been to – Camden Yards, or check out the Baltimore Ravens football team at M&T Bank Stadium.  There are plenty of things to do in Baltimore and it’s also a short drive or train ride to Washington, D.C. Hope you get to this popular city soon!

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