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Friday, August 24

Tour 1: A Day on the Bay
8:30am – 4:00pm

Registration Fee: $35

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Experience four centuries of history in one of the most charming State Capitals on the Bay, home of the United States Naval Academy, and once considered the Sailing Capital of the world. Stroll through the historic district’s brick covered alleyways to enjoy its unique architecture with a “colonial” as legends come alive! You will visit the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the country, where George Washington resigned his commission. Get a feel for the rich history – Annapolis is home to four signers of the Declaration of Independence, Francis Scott Key’s alma mater remains as one of the most unique schools in the country, and Kunta Kinte’s “roots” all began here to name a few. Expect a few haunted stops along the way, since they abound! Your tour will include a visit to the United States Naval Academy, home of 4000 midshipmen who will be our future officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. Your trip would not be complete without getting out on the water on state-of-the-art Lady Sarah yacht while you lunch and cruise the waterways, then spend a little time shopping the unique boutiques or just enjoying the sights on the water.

Tour 2: Roundhouse and Warehouse
8:30am – 2:15pm

Registration Fee: $35

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You’re on the right track with this itinerary exploring the history and legacy of the nation’s very first commercial railroad, the B&O. Your experience begins with a tour of the B&O Railroad Museum, the Birthplace of American Railroading. Located in what were once working machine shops for the railroad, the museum now boasts the largest collection on Civil War era rail artifacts in the United States. The turntable in the center of the beautifully preserved roundhouse still works! After your visit, you’ll head east toward the site of another railyard once maintained by the B&O where now sits the ballpark that forever changed baseball: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The mid-19th century passenger station and 1,100-foot-long freight warehouse built by the railroad are still standing and have been incorporated into the stadium’s design. Your behind the scenes tour will take you from the press box to the dugout for an unforgettable baseball experience! Conclude with lunch aboard Entertainment Cruises’ Spirit of Baltimore for a scenic cruise of Baltimore’s expansive harbor.

Tour 3: Fort & Flag
8:30am – 2:15pm

Registration Fee: $35

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Travel back to the 19th century with this historical itinerary highlighting people and events in Baltimore that helped shape our nation. You’ll begin at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. Here you’ll learn the stories of remarkable African-Americans with roots in Maryland that left an indelible mark on the fabric of the United States. You’ll learn how Frederick Douglass worked in Baltimore shipyards as a young man before escaping slavery and becoming one of history’s most important abolitionists. You’ll also learn how Marylander Harriet Tubman became the “Moses of Her People” as a conductor of the Underground Railroad. From there, you’ll head next door to the tiny house that once belonged to another pioneering 19th century woman, Mary Pickersgill. It was in this house that Mary would sew the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write what would eventually become our National Anthem. Of course, no Star-Spangled experience would be complete without a visit to the fort itself: Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Here you can stand on the very same ramparts as Baltimore’s defenders did over 200 years ago and learn about the critical role the fort played in the War of 1812, topping off a day filled with history and heritage! Conclude with lunch aboard Entertainment’s Spirit of Baltimore for a scenic cruise of Baltimore’s expansive harbor.

Tour 4: Uniquely Baltimore
8:30am – 2:15pm

Registration Fee: $35

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Baltimore is nothing if not unique and this itinerary includes attractions that you won’t find anywhere else! You’ll begin in an old oyster cannery that now serves as the home of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This museum celebrates important industrial developments that originated in Baltimore and played a significant role in the industrial development of the country at large. Baltimore truly is a city of firsts: the first canned goods, the first bottle cap, the first telegraph, and the first umbrella factory in America, just to name a few! From there you’ll head around Key Highway to another one-of-a-kind museum, The American Visionary Art Museum. This museum only features works created by artists with no formal training or schooling, including a scale model of the Lusitania made entirely from toothpicks! Make sure you visit the gift shop before heading out! Your final stop is Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. Located in a historic 19th century train station adjacent to Oriole Park, this museum traces the evolution of pop culture throughout American history. From comic books, to dolls, to board games, there is no shortage of fun on display! Conclude with lunch aboard Entertainment’s Spirit of Baltimore for a scenic cruise of Baltimore’s expansive harbor.

Tour 5: Zoo and Brew – SOLD OUT!
9:30am – 3:00pm

Registration Fee: $35

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What’s all the “brew haha” in Baltimore? A fabulous, fun zoo and a vibrant craft beer scene. Join us for a birds eye view of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and experience their new student group tour product. Tours America’s third oldest zoological park spanning 135 acres that features elephants, giraffes, big cats, chimps and the New African Penguin Exhibit. Then, tour Union Brewery’s new factory and swig a pint of craft beer in their taproom located in Hampden, a funky mill town neighborhood with several craft breweries and eclectic shopping.

Tour 6: Walk, Talk and Shop

9:30am – 1:00pm

Registration Fee: $35

Experience the charm and history one of Baltimore’s oldest and most popular maritime neighborhoods-Fells Point. Arrive by water taxi and enjoy a walking tour that features the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum, glimpses into the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, 18th century buildings, the current headquarters of Under Armour, television and movie sites, the local haunt of Edgar Allan Poe and Baltimore’s newest hotel-the Sagamore Pendry. You will also have time to shop and browse the many shops along Thames Street. Note: This is a walking tour.

Tour 7: Fish and Ships

9:30am – 1:00pm

Registration Fee: $35

Located at the Inner Harbor is an aquatic and nautical wonderland. Begin at the Top of The World Observation Deck to see Baltimore from new heights. Then climb aboard one of Baltimore’s Historic Ships- the USS Constellation, the submarine Torsk, the lightship Chesapeake or the last surviving ship from Pearl Harbor, the Coast Guard Cutter Taney. You’ll then have ample time to explore the National Aquarium with over 2 million gallons of water and 17,000 specimens. There is an open ocean shark tank, a tropical rainforest, Australian Outback and Marine Mammal Pavilion. Note: This is a walking tour.

Tour 8: Wet, Wild and Wonderful

9:30am – 2:45pm

Registration Fee: $35

Along Baltimore’s waterfront at the Inner Harbor is an educational extravaganza. Start at the Maryland Science Center with an IMAX, Planetarium and exhibits for every interest. Then let your imagination go wild at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Complete your experience with a 50-minute narrated cruise of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Note: This is a walking tour.

Post FAM Tours

Gateway to the Mid-Atlantic: BWI/Washington, DC (Tour Operators Only)

Hosted by: BWI/Arundel Mills Hotels and Destination DC

Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, August 30
Note: Only one Tour Operator per company may participate in this FAM

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Educate your senses with what is cool and new in the BWI, Arundel Mills & Washington, DC area! FAM participants will explore brand new ideas to make itineraries truly shine in an array of experiences. See new and future members of the museum family, including NSA’s Crypotological Museum, Museum of the Bible, and updates throughout the Smithsonian Institution collection, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get a feel for different learning opportunities. Experience the tastes and smells of undiscovered restaurant partners. Eat, Drink & Play at Dave & Busters Arundel Mills. Hear the sounds of the vibrant DC arts community during an evening show. Through this BWI, Arundel Mills & Washington, DC FAM, participants will return home with a brand-new insight into student travel.

Hallowed Ground to Historic Downtowns (Tour Operators Only)

Hosted by: The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and Visit Frederick

Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, August 30

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Visit Frederick and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area are teaming up to showcase an American adventure like none other. Join us as we explore the byways and battlefields where the Civil War was waged. Bust myths and trace the legacy of the Civil War at national and local museums before getting outside to experience the landscape by trail or waterway. Then hit the historic downtown, where the past adds authentic flavor to the dining, shopping, and entertainment of the vibrant present.

Our sojourn through Mid-Maryland will provide tour operators with practical strategies for groups to enjoy a safe, affordable and convenient base camp for visits that may also include excursions to the nation’s capital and popular destinations such as Gettysburg or Harpers Ferry. Our guests will experience first-hand the transformative power of this place, where every footstep falls on hallowed ground. Plus, you’ll have a blast!

Get Inspired in Gettysburg, PA (Tour Operators Only)

Hosted by: Destination Gettysburg

Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, August 30

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Get inspired and experience the different ways students can make their own history in Gettysburg, Pa. Experience interactive history with hands-on and behind-the-scenes programs that will engage students of all ages. See history come to life with living history presentations and civilian stories. Discover evening entertainment options that will enthrall student groups like Civil War magic and fireside stories, live performances, period-style music and improv games. From new museums and restaurants to new hotels, Gettysburg, Pa is a “must-do” for all student groups—even those who have been here before.

 

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