Baltimore/Washington International Airport serves the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area which includes the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC. The airport’s name in full actually reads Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), in honour of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American to become a judge in the Supreme Court and was a resident of Baltimore. Covering around 3,500 acres and consisting of four domestic concourses and one international concourse, BWI Marshall is quite large and located about 10 miles south of Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington DC. Despite its size, the vast majority of flights operated from Baltimore/Washington Airport are domestic, with just a handful of international flights to cities in Canada and Europe.
From BWI Marshall to the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC, various ground transport options are available. Just outside the airport, numerous buses from a variety of transport companies await to take passengers wherever they choose – from Howard County, Greenbelt Metro Station, Parkway Center, Patapsco Light Rail Stop, Montgomery County, the Old Court Metro Subway Station, and more. Many shuttles are also available from BWI Marshall to a wide range of destinations; the Airport shuttle, for example, brings passengers to hotels within Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, and the Bayrunner shuttle brings passengers to cities within these counties. Otherwise, tourists can also take the Light Rail service from right outside BWI Marshall to downtown Baltimore, Timonium and Hunt Valley. To reach the other rails like AMTRAK or MARC, passengers will need to take one of the abovementioned buses to get to the railway stations.
What to see and do
If you’re in Baltimore with your little ones, don’t miss the city’s famous National Aquarium – often declared one of the best aquariums in the US by magazines, newspapers and travel channels. It is home to countless magnificent marine creatures such as blacktip reef sharks, green sea turtles, electric eels, giant octopuses and more. Besides being a wonderful sight, the Aquarium will be an educational experience for young ones as the organisation is strongly involved in conservation – they have engaged in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay Wetlands near Baltimore, and tracked levels of mercury in the food chain of dolphins within the Bay. The Aquarium also boasts a Marine Animal Rescue Program, and was awarded the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award for its green projects. As such, there is no better place to start educating your little ones on the beauty of nature and the need for conservation.
For sports lovers, a visit to Oriole Park at Camden Yards – usually referred to simply as Camden Yard – is not to be missed. A ballpark home to the Baltimore Orioles, it is the site of many historic moments in baseball – including the iconic game in 1995 where Cal Ripken Jr. broke the previous record for most number of consecutive games played, and hit a home run in front of then-President Bill Clinton and then-Vice President Al Gore. It was also the host of the 1993 MLB All-Star Game. Constructed in the 1990s, Oriole Park opened in 1992 and achieved success so great that it triggered the rise of many ballparks similar in design and construction across the US. Go there for a live game by the Orioles, or simply enjoy a picnic in this iconic sporting landmark whilst gazing at the imposing skyline of Baltimore city.
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