A Few Words About Visiting Baltimore

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Source: Sondra Doolittle, AAFS Meetings & Expositions Manager

As the 2019 AAFS Advance Program approaches publication, I hope that meeting attendees are excited about what promises to be an outstanding scientific program for the annual meeting in Baltimore (February 18-23, 2019). This is an opportunity to bring the AAFS meeting to the eastern seaboard without DC prices! The world-class Inner Harbor area and the Baltimore Convention Center are located in the historic seaport district of downtown Baltimore, statistically one of the safest and most walkable areas of the city. Surrounding transit-connected neighborhoods, such as Harbor East, Mount Vernon, Fell’s Point, Canton, and Federal Hill, are also highly secure areas that carry their own charm and are brimming with cultural, culinary, entertaining, and historical attractions and activities to experience. As the birthplace of the national anthem and the commercial railroad system, the city is home to prominent historical sites. Its historical roots play into the more than 150 local attractions, while tours and cruises ferry visitors around the eclectic surrounding neighborhoods and the famed Inner Harbor. The downtown area is the core of major conventions and events, home to major league sporting arenas and games, and proudly welcomes visitors to a comfortable, safe environment. Neighborhood retail and restaurant businesses have experienced tremendous growth, elevating Baltimore to the 9th-largest downtown retail area in the United States. Baltimore is also close enough to Washington, DC, for attendees to enjoy sightseeing before or after the meeting.

Cities would be remiss in not keeping the visitor areas protected and Baltimore makes huge efforts to keep visitors safe with its Waterfront Partnership. Attendees must also be smart and cautious when out and about in any city. Pre-planning to the places you are going, transportation to and from—especially late at night, whether you are out alone or not—and how you will pay for everything is important to plan before you leave the hotel. Whether you are used to living in a large city or are traveling from a small town with the excitement of being in a big city—safety should always be forefront in your mind when you decide to go out at the end of the day. Please click HERE for a Baltimore map showing points of interest.

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Safety Guides 

The WPB Safety Team provides a visible presence that serves as an extra set of eyes and ears to reassure visitors’ safety at the waterfront. From foot, bike, and Segway patrols to after-hours business checks and safety escorts, the Safety Team provides a watchful eye around the district.

Service Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Friday – Saturday)

Safety Escorts: 443-278-4701
9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Friday – Saturday)
*Please allow 10 minutes for our guide to arrive at the requestor’s location. 

Please keep all of this in mind and enjoy Baltimore and the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting.