Other Things to Do in Baltimore (When You Aren’t Learning How to Get Your Practice Back on Track)

Hey, quick question—what are you up to the third weekend in May? Got anything special planned?


Good. Because we’d absolutely love it if you’d come join us in Baltimore for a long weekend of learning, networking, and figuring out how to take your practice to the next level!

If you’re an AAPPM conference veteran, you can forget what you think you know—we’re mixing things up for our spring event. There will be more collaboration, conversation, interactive workshops, and facilitated roundtable events than ever before! If you’re struggling in your practice and need the wisdom and council of your peers desperately, you need to be at this conference.

You can download the full conference agenda here, or click the buttons below to register and book your hotel!


While you’re definitely going to want to make the best possible use of your time at the conference, we also encourage you to explore the great city of Baltimore while you’re here. Extend your trip by a couple of days, or just get out and take in some of the historic sights, cultural landmarks, fine dining options, and more!

To whet your appetite, here are just a few of the activities and events you might want to check out if you’re looking to extend your stay or enjoy some R&R after a day’s worth of conference events.

The Inner Harbor

You’re going to want to bring a good set of walking shoes on this trip, although we’d expect that from podiatric professionals!

Our host hotel is located smack in the middle of the Inner Harbor, a historic seaport redeveloped over the second half of the twentieth century into a premier tourist destination with art, parks, culture, and fine dining around every corner.

Here are just a few top attractions located within easy walking distance of our conference location:

  • Historic Ships in Baltimore. This maritime “museum” allows visitors to board and explore four historic vessels: an 1854 sloop-of-war (the last sail-only warship ever built by the U.S. navy), a 1935 cutter (the only remaining vessel that fought at Pearl Harbor still floating), a 1944 WWII submarine, and a 1929 lightship.
  • American Visionary Art Museum. There’s no other museum quite like it. The “national museum for self-taught art,” AVAM contains 67,000 square feet of exhibition space dedicated to “outsider art,” with planned exhibitions on parenting, the work of Albert Lee Wagner, and the life of Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz.
  • The National Aquarium. Widely recognized as one of the best aquariums in the United States, the National Aquarium is home to more than 700 species of aquatic life. Highlights include the open ocean shark tank and seven Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
  • Spirit of Baltimore. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Patapsco River, with spectacular views of the local landmarks, delicious buffet food and cocktails, onboard entertainment, and more. Lunch and sightseeing cruises are also available during the daytime should you choose to extend your stay.
  • Top of the World Observation Level. “Top of the world” might be a bit of an exaggeration, but this enclosed observation level—located on the 27th floor of the gorgeous I.M Pei-designed Baltimore World Trade Center—offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city, harbor, and Chesapeake Bay.


Fell’s Point Wicked History Pub Tour. Love history? Love beer? You’re in luck. This 2.5-hour tour takes visitors on a journey through Fell’s Point, a historic neighborhood that was once crawling with seedy characters, sailors, and crime—and also legendary figures like Edgar Allan Poe and Billie Holiday. You’ll learn a bit about the city’s colorful history and hit some local pubs on the way. Offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Baltimore Improv Group. If you’re looking for laughs, consider making the trek up to the Station North neighborhood! In addition to improv, this performing arts theatre company and school offers sketch comedy and stand-up. There are shows running every night of the week, and they’re all 100% free.

2019 Preakness Stakes. Okay, we’re not really recommending that you skip out of any lectures on Saturday to sneak off to the race track. But after the conference wraps, why not at least hit up a local sports bar to catch the 144th running of the second jewel of the Triple Crown on TV? If you can’t be at the track yourself, enjoying it with the Baltimore locals is the next best thing.

Rhiannon Giddens with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a night of genre-crossing music featuring one of the nation’s best symphonies with Rhiannon Giddens, a Grammy-winning singer, banjoist, and violinist best known for her work with the old-time country, folk and bluegrass band Carolina Chocolate Drops. Available on Thursday night only.

Other Attractions

Fort McHenry. If you’re in town early or stay an extra day, take the water taxi from Inner Harbor out to this historic landmark where, after an 1814 victory over Britain in the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words to our national anthem. You can still see what remains of the original 30 foot by 42 foot “Star Spangled Banner” that captivated Key on display.

Fell’s Point. Even if you skip out on the pub crawl tour, this waterfront neighborhood is still very worth exploring at your own pace. In addition to the charmingly preserved 18th and 19th century architecture and cobblestone streets, you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunities to shop for antiques and unique gifts, grab a great meal, or stop in at a local art gallery.

Art Museums. If you didn’t get your fill of art at the American Visionary Art Museum, you have two other world-class choices. The Walters Art Museum specializes in ancient and medieval art and sculpture from around the world, while the Baltimore Art Museum is more focused on 19th-century, modern and contemporary exhibitions, and includes the world’s largest permanent collection of Henri Matisse paintings.

Camden Yards and Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. Although the Orioles won’t be playing any games during the conference window, baseball lovers can take a 90-minute tour of the beloved ballpark, including a stop at the home dugout. While you’re in the area, why not check out the birthplace of Babe Ruth, one of America’s greatest-ever sports heroes? It’s just a couple of blocks from the park.

B&O Railroad Museum. If you’re a train lover, you have to make a stop here to check out the nation’s largest and best collection of 19th-century locomotives and railroad artifacts. The museum is housed in the former Mount Clare Station, where the first-ever American passenger rail service began in 1930—and the first ever telegraph message was received in 1844.

That’s our short list, but of course there’s so much more to see and do. We look forward to seeing you there!