Your Travel Guide to the National Sports Collectors Convention

For a quick trip to Baltimore to perhaps catch an Orioles game or maybe attend an event at the convention center, like the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in August, knowing something about the area can help save time and money. There are many fine dining restaurants in the area but sometimes grabbing an affordable bit to eat is more convenient when on a tight schedule. Also, staying in a hotel that is in close distance to the stadium and attractions can make finding your way around much easier.

The Baltimore Convention Center is one of the more popular convention centers for expositions and tradeshows in the Mid-Atlantic area. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, close to the historic Little Italy and the famous Inner Harbor, visitors have easy access to many nearby attractions and public transportation.

Camden YardsIt is also just a 12 minute walk to Oriole Park at Canden Yards if you’re in town to catch a baseball game or to take a tour of this historic ballpark.

The M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play is also just a hop and a skip from the Inner Harbor.

Sports fans may also be interested in visiting the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame exhibit and perhaps the birthplace and museum of Babe Ruth, which are also located close by. There is also the Sports Legends Museum where a huge display of artifacts and exhibits can be seen.

For hotels that are near the Baltimore Convention Center the Holiday Inn is conveniently located across from the convention center and Camden Yards. It is also located just three blocks from the Inner Harbor and all of its attractions. There are three restaurants on the premises for added convenience.

Days Inn is also located in this same vicinity. They have one restaurant. Rooms start at $135.00 and up. Located just 3 blocks from the convention center, the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore historic hotel offers good rates, starting at $93.75 and up. This hotel is considered a Historic Landmark Hotel offering lots of charm here in Charm City.

The Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotel was recently renovated and is situated within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and is connected to the convention center by a skywalk. The National Aquarium and Oriole Park are also nearby. Rates start at $159.22.

There are many restaurants near the convention center. For those on a tighter budget, Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop offers a cafe, bakery, ice cream desserts and late-night dining. It is inexpensive and only 0.26 miles from the convention center. It was also voted the restaurant with the Best Desserts. If you’re in the mood for a burger and fries try Five Guys. It is located just 0.33 miles from the convention center and is inexpensive.

For moderately priced restaurants within walking distance from the Baltimore Convention Center, the Pratt Street Ale House offers American traditional pub food. This is a sports bar where you can enjoy watching the game while eating and drinking a few beers. The Metropolitan offers breakfast, cafe, late-night dining and a wine bar. And of course you can’t go to Baltimore without enjoying some world famous Baltimore seafood. Faidley Seafood is 1/2 mile from Baltimore Convention Center where you can experience their delicious crab cakes or a seafood dinner. Another nearby restaurant is Corks. They offer brunch, late-night dining, wine bar and Bistro.