Maryland Wineries Association curates the abundant spread of wineries and vineyards that dot the state’s landscape, keeping tabs on the more than 400 wines they produce. Holders of the Maryland Wine Passport wind their way through the state’s six wine trails, tracking their progress as they taste vintages and take photos with their favorite vines. The site also keeps track of local wine news and upcoming winery events.
An estimated 575 vendors plan to attend the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, a four-day exposition held at the Baltimore Convention Center. On display will be more than 200,000 treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, and antique and estate jewelry.
The Trawler Fest Boat Show is an in-water showcase of more than 60 cruising motorboats and also includes a shoreside expo, seminars (at extra cost), and demonstrations of boating equipment and procedures. Baltimore is the last stop on this five-port event, which kicked off back in January in Ft. Lauderdale, hitting San Diego, Anacortes (WA), and Warwick (RI) along the way. Produced by PassageMaker Magazine, Trawler Fest is a playground for boat lubbers and abandoned fish-people looking for a way back home. This deal gives you access to afternoon activities, including interactive demonstrations on topics such as life-raft inflation, man-overboard recovery, and engine-room inspections. Nautical newbies can learn a thing or two from PassageMaker Magazine and Ocean Voyager, two publications included in your complimentary welcome kit, along with a reusable tote bag and an assortment of yachty schwag, which is far less abominable than its homophonic cousin, yeti schwag.
"So You Think You Can Sing Opera" gives amateur aria-artists an opportunity to spread their lungs and take flight in front of a live audience. These open auditions for future productions by the Baltimore Concert Opera showcase the area's untapped operatic ability, with performers (hopefully) soaring their way through seminal pieces from the operatic canon—think American Idol, except with fewer power ballads and more Puccini. Dress code for the event is business casual, so dust off your opera glasses and opera Foam-Dome and enjoy an evening of high notes and high pressure with today's Groupon.
Baltimore Sightseeing Tours whisks guests through the historic heart of Charm City, hitting major attractions while rolling through notable neighborhoods in comfortable climate-controlled trolley cars. Kicking off in front of the National Aquarium, the 90-minute excursion starts with an up-close view of modern downtown before charting a course to famous locations and landmarks such as the Carroll Mansion, City Hall, and Mount Vernon––a quaint neighborhood dating to the 19th century and named after the estate home of American actor Vernon Washington. Roll down the cobblestone streets of Fell's Point while learning about its legendary maritime history, marvel over the awe-inspiring architecture of the 1821 Baltimore Basilica, and lift your kazoo in tribute at the Fort McHenry National Monument, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the "Star-Spangled Banner."
Situated on 160 acres of Druid Hill Park and founded in 1876, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third-oldest zoo in the United States. Visitors (adult admission is valued at $16 on Saturdays and Sundays, and rates for adults, seniors, and children vary throughout the week) are welcomed into the homes of more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. For those worn out by the broken promises of a four-leaf clover, the zoo's newest exhibit features Panamanian golden frogs, considered lucky in Panama. In the Polar Bear Watch exhibit, late-blooming Arctic explorers can set forth on a tundra buggy to view Anoki, Magnet, and Alaska, the bear the state was named after, cavort in and out of the polar ice pool. In addition to exotic species, displays of local fauna can be found in the Maryland Wilderness section of the zoo, home to the Children's Zoo.