Field Trips

AESS conference field trips offer attendees a chance to explore sights in and around the Baltimore region. From area kayaking tours to local hikes, there’s something for everyone.
All field trips this year will be self guided. Please click on the links below and sign up/buy tickets on your own if you plan to attend. Interested parties should also complete the field trip document below so that AESS can connect attendees for potential ride sharing and camaraderie.

Loch Raven Reservoir Watershed

  1. Self-guided hiking tour
  2. Transportation: Hotel shuttle leaving at 2pm and picking up at the drop off location at 4pm
  3. Must sign up through AESS Registration, space limited to 10 people on the hotel shuttle

Explore Art

In Baltimore, art is everywhere, but these three amazing museums take things to another level. The famous Walters Art Museum dives deep with art and artifacts from ancient Egypt and beyond. The Baltimore Museum of Art may be known for its collection of works by the old masters including Rodin’s “The Thinker” and the largest Matisse collection in the world, but the BMA’s new spirit of inclusion means you’ll find work from around thw world in display. And of course, the unique American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is the national home for outsider art that must be seen to be believed.

Walters Art Museum

  1. Free entrance, advanced tickets not required
  2. Closed on Mondays
  3. Transportation: Light Rail (Mount Vernon Stop), Taxi/Uber, Bus

Baltimore Museum of Art

  1. Free entrance, advanced tickets required
  2. Closed Mondays
  3. Transportation: Taxi/Uber, Bus

American Visionary Art Museum

  1. Advanced reservations required
  2. Cost: $15.95 for adults
  3. Transportation: Light Rail (Key Highway Stop), Taxi/Uber, Bus

Baltimore Walking Tours

  1. Self guided tours using GPSmyCity
  2. Cost: Free
  3. Transportation:  Light Rail, Taxi/Uber or Bus, depending on starting location

Inner Harbor Paddle Kayak Tour

  1. Reservations required 
  2. Cost: $30 (non-city resident)
  3. Time: 1-4pm on Sunday, June 19th
  4. Transportation:  Light Rail, Taxi/Uber or Bus 
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BoP Pass

With the free BoP Pass you can explore cultural institutions and landmarks like the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the Frederick Douglass-Issac Myers Maritime Park Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and so much more to learn all about the history of influential authors, musicians and leaders. Plus, get exclusive offers at some of our African American-owned businesses. See and do it all with one easy pass that the whole family will enjoy!

  1. Museums have varying entrance fees, BoP pass (which is free) offers discounts
  2. Transportation: Taxi/Uber, bus, Light Rail, walking, depending on destination

Hairspray at the Hippodrome

You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

  1. Advanced tickets required
  2. Cost: $85-179
  3. Showtimes: Sunday, June 19th at 1pm and 6:30pm
  4. Transportation: Taxi/Uber, Light Rail (Baltimore Street Stop)

National Aquarium

The nonprofit National Aquarium opened on August 8, 1981, the jewel of Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums and as Maryland’s largest paid tourist attraction, featuring thousands of fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals living in award-winning habitats.

  1. Reservations/Pre-purchasing of tickets strongly encouraged
  2. Cost: $39.95 for adults
  3. Hours: 9am-5pm
  4. Transportation: Light Rail, Taxi/Uber, Bus

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo is home to hundreds of amazing animals, from Maryland-native wildlife to endangered species from around the globe. Get outside and make connections with wildlife and your family and friends too. Plus, be a good neighbor to the animals and plants we share the planet with. A portion of every ticket supports conservation efforts.

  1. Tickets can be purchased at gate, but they are $2 cheaper when purchased online.
  2. Cost: $24 for adults
  3. Transportation: Taxi/Uber

Baltimore Orioles Game

The original retro ballpark remains one of the very best. So many other parks built in the ’90s and ’00s tried to duplicate Camden Yards, but none truly could, for one good reason: the warehouse. It already existed, so the ballpark was built around it. You can’t fabricate something like that. It has to be organic. It’s remarkable to think it’s been 27 years since Camden Yards opened and completely changed the notion of the modern sports facility. It is starting to show its age just a bit, but it remains a gem, often imitated, never duplicated.

  1. The Baltimore Orioles have home games on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  2. Cost: Varies based on seat selection
  3. Transportation: Light rail

Fort McHenry

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars… were so gallantly streaming…over Fort McHenry! The valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the U.S. national anthem. The fort’s history holds many other stories too, from the Civil War to WWII. Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine can start their visit before leaving home. Download the new NPS App which is the official app for all 420+ NPS sites.

  1. Pre-purchase of tickets encouraged
  2. Cost: $15 for adults (to visit the Star Fort)
  3. Hours: 8am-5pm
  4. Transportation: Taxi/Uber, Bus, Water Taxi (from the Inner Harbor)


Baltimore offers a variety of public transportation options to get around the city, including local, express and neighborhood buses, Light Rail, taxis, Uber, and Lyft.

  1. Lutherville Light Rail Station is approximately three miles from the hotel. If the hotel shuttle is available, it transports people within five miles of the hotel. There is a light rail stop on Pratt street convenient for the Inner Harbor and there is a light rail stop at Camden Yards.
  2. The CityLink Green bus travels from Towson to downtown. The bus stop at the Towson Town Center is less than a half a mile from the hotel.
  3. The Charm City Circulator is a free bus that travels different routes through downtown. It could be a fun way to explore different parts of the city.
  4. Taxis, Ubers and Lyfts can also be used to travel throughout the city.


Reservations, Rideshare, Meeting-up

Please make your own reservations/ticket purchases for all of the above self-guided field trips. If you are partaking in any of the above field trips and would like to ride share/company, please add your name to the 2022 Field Trip document and AESS will help connect participants.