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 Educational Tours Declaration 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.