Traveling with Peak Performance offers the added support of an on-site Tour Escort! The following is written by one of the fabulous Tour Escorts after a Performance Tour to Baltimore!
Assuming, of course, that you live within 3 hours of Baltimore! But let’s roll with that assumption and embrace all that Baltimore has to offer. Picture a perfect spring morning - clear skies, bright sunshine - the beginning to a warm and breezy day. Now think about starting that day at Ft McHenry. Taking a trip back in time to the War of 1812 and the battle that would rage through the night inspiring Francis Scott Key to pen The Star Spangled Banner. On a morning like this, it’s hard to imagine the conditions the soldiers had to endure, but it is easy to let your imagination take over as a Park Ranger explains the events that took place here and then to explore the nooks and crannies of this fort with your classmates that yield some interesting discoveries. Not the least among them being, if you stand straight up in the storage spaces you will bang your head!
From there it is just a 15 minute drive to Inner Harbor and one of my favorite outdoor performance venues. Lunch time concerts here always draw and audience, especially on a day like this one. These young people got themselves unpacked, set up and ready to share their joy in performing with passers-by and as a result many of those people became seated audience members. Always fun to witness! After the concert, a well deserved break - lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe! Everyone always seems hungrier after they have finished performing - maybe it’s the adrenaline.
After a yummy lunch and relaxation it’s over to the National Aquarium for a few hours of communing with the sea creatures! This aquarium has so many different things to see and do, the kids are never at a loss for how to fill their time. Then it’s back on the bus and head for home. Short and sweet, but oh so affordable and a perfect combo of education, performance and fun all in one day!
Are you hoping to invigorate your students with music tours that include a variety of components? If that’s the case, Baltimore, Maryland may be one spot to contemplate visiting. There are multiple venues in the city that would make wonderful, student tour stops. Here are several that may leave you and your students inspired:
Top of the World
Consider starting your Baltimore music tour at the Top of the World. Situated high above the city, the panoramic views from the building’s 11,000 square foot observation area are sure to give the students’ shivers of anticipation. The staff offer group tours of the building and the observation area is available for private gatherings.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Once your students make it back down to ground level, think about taking them to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It features a 2,443-seat hall, rehearsal space and an assortment of private meeting rooms. Understandably, the space is available for rent.
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center
Depending on your lesson calendar, a trip to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center may also be in order. It features rental space that is ideal for rehearsing and dining. There are opportunities to participate in various onsite clinics, workshops and special events as well. Examples include jazz vocal workshops and a class on the ba
sics of sound production.
France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center is another entertainment venue that is available for student group use. It features several dressing rooms, a 110 foot x 50 foot stage, onsite café, meeting space and more. In addition, there is lodging and parking nearby.
For more information on these and other Baltimore music tour stops, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. We can help you arrange music tours that include everything from meals, accommodations, transportation and workshops to dedicated hotel security
I recently took a a group of students on an educational tour through Maryland. On the first day, we began in Baltimore with a morning visit to the Fort McHenry National Monument for the students to learn how our National Anthem was written. After the tour guide taught them all about Francis Scott Key, we went over to the Star Spangled Banner Flag House so the students could see where the 30’ X 42’ United States flag was sewn. After that we went to the Inner Harbor to have dinner at Dick’s Last Resort, where the waiters and waitresses ‘act’ rude. So the students got a kick out of that! Then they explored all that the Inner Harbor has to offer before checking into the hotel.
On day two, after breakfast we boarded the coach bus to explore the city. The students saw the painted screens and marble Steps in East Baltimore –a traditional and symbolic icon of the city’s culture. Students enjoyed seeing the stadiums of the Ravens and Orioles. The tour then took a turn for a more educational journey, when we went to the Maryland Science Center to learn about dinosaurs and outer space. From the Science Center we went to the National Aquarium to get a glimpse of sea life and then to the B & O Railroad Museum to learn about American railroading. After museum hopping, the group tour went on a narrated speed boat ride on the Seadog through the Inner Harbor. After a full day, the students enjoyed dinner in Little Italy at a restaurant where the waiters were welcoming and taught them phrases like, “Va Bene,” which means “It’s good!” in Italian. That evening after dinner we took a ghost tour at the Harbor’s new, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. The students had an intense round of ghost hunting. I look forward to tomorrow; we are going to Medieval Times!
The third day, we spent the day in Annapolis, first visiting the Maryland State House. Students learned that it is the oldest State House still in legislative use, dating back to 1772. They even visited the home of Samuel Chase, one of the signers of the DeEducational Tours claration of Independence. Next stop was the Naval Academy, where the students saw the Naval Academy Chapel and the Crypt of John Paul Jones. We also toured Bancroft Hall where the Navy midshipmen live. After we had lunch on the grounds of the Academy at the Dry Dock Restaurant; we cruised the Severn River and got a view of the historic Annapolis Harbor. After the cruise we went to Terrapin Adventures for an outdoor adventure. The students soared through the air on the zip lines and climbed 43 ft. high climbing towers. After the workout we went to Medieval Times for a dinner with no utensils and eating chicken with our hands! During our four course meal we watched a two hour long jousting tournament show that emulated 11thcentury culture.
Day four was bittersweet because it was the last day of the group tour, we incorporated art and sports into the tour and visited cool museums. First stop was the American Visionary Arts Museum, where the students saw cool and quirky collections like the 38 ft. wide bird’s nest. Then we were off to The National Great Blacks in Wax museum, where the students came face to face with influential figures in African American history. Last stop was the Sports Legends Museum in Camden Yards, students learned about the history of sports teams in Maryland and how they have evolved over the years.
In four days we experienced a great deal of history, culture, and fun that Maryland has to offer student travel. For additional information on all there is do in Maryland, click here or call a Peak Performance Tours Peak Pro today for a no-obligation proposal.