Venue

The Maryland Science Center is located on scenic Baltimore’s Inner Harbor downtown. It’s a 503(c) (3) private non-profit organization and community center focused on science and technology.

They’re truly aiding to foster the growth of our WordPress community in Baltimore by providing a centrally located venue for our WordCamp. Details on their location and directions are below:

Directions

We recommend using Google Maps for the best directions, simple directions are included below. The address is 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

From Points South of the City (including BWI)

I-95 North to Baltimore. Follow the sign to Downtown Baltimore. Take the exit to I-395. Follow the signs to the Inner Harbor downtown area. Turn right onto Conway Street. Follow Conway Street to Light Street. Turn right onto Light Street, move to the furthest left lane, and follow to the traffic light at Key Highway. Bear left onto Key Highway (it’s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left.

OR

I-295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, North to Baltimore. In Baltimore this route becomes Russell Street. Russell Street past stadiums on your right. Turn right onto Pratt Street after you pass Camden Yards. Turn right onto Light Street. Move to the furthest left lane and bear to the left at traffic light at Key Highway (it’s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left.

From Points North of the City

I-95 South to Baltimore. Once you pass through the Fort McHenry Toll Facility, go through the far right tube of the tunnel, and stay in right lane. Once you emerge from the tunnel, the Key Highway exit (#55) is immediately on the right. Take the exit and move to the right lane. Make a right at the traffic light onto Key Highway. Follow Key Highway to the Maryland Science Center, which will be on your right.

OR

I-83 South into Baltimore until the expressway ends. Turn right onto Lombard Street and follow it to Light Street. Turn left onto Light Street. Stay to the left and follow Light Street to the traffic light at Key Highway. Bear left onto Key Highway (it’s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left.

Parking

You can park in the garage behind the Royal Sonesta (Lee St, between Light and Charles) and we will have a large but limited supply of $10 vouchers. You may need to move your car before the after party/happy hour – further details will be given day of event.

Here’s general information on the parking:

Parking lots and pay spaces on Light Street and Key Highway are within walking distance of the Science Center. Metered spaces along Light Street and Key Highway are also available.

We encourage you to use one of the recommended surface lots for parking during your stay. On-street parking is limited, and fines are increased in this area due to residential parking permits and frequent special events in the area. Vehicles in violation of local parking restrictions are subject to fines and/or towing.

Lodging

We’re working on finding group rates for a hotel but here’s a Google Map of nearby accommodations:

There is a Yankees versus Orioles game Friday, Sept 7 – so group rates were hard to come by this year. Here are some specifics for recommended hotels near the venue:

4 Responses to Venue

  1. For those coming from out of town, there’s also a hostel that’s a 10 minute bus ride north of the science center that’s less than $25 a night. http://hiusa.org/baltimore

  2. By the way, does anyone know of a good place to get Crabs and Beer in the Inner Harbor area? It’d be great to get some attendees together on Friday night before WordCamp. I’m originally from the Baltimore area, and I’d love to show out-of-towners how to pick crabs. (Of course, locals would be welcome, too. :P)

  3. Phillips is on the harbor, near Hard Rock (eastern side of harbor). There’s also a good spot called Riptide on the Bay in Fell’s Point (Thames St). There’s probably a few other spots, but I’m not 100%. I’d recommend Riptide if you’re up for the walk or cab ride. Only about a mile from the harbor.