The War of 1812 Bicentennial comes to Baltimore with a big splash next month as a flotilla of tall ships from around the world call in our historic harbor. They will be joined by other masted schooners and US Navy vessels in several locations.
On the weekend of June 16-17, the Navy's elite Blue Angels Squadron will perform over the harbor and nearby Patapsco River.
In all, it will be nearly a week of exciting activities celebrating Maryland's maritime heritage as well as our role in defending our young country against a formidable naval power.
As thousands of visitors are expected each day, and attractions are staged in various parts of the harbor, the best plan to enjoy a hassle-free experience is to park and shuttle to the sites.
Which brings us to another important role Camden Yards plays in the operations of downtown Baltimore -- transit station to the masses.
Starting Thursday, June 14, MSA will be providing parking with a free shuttle service to Locust Point (where the tall ships will be open to visitors) for $20.00 in Lots G and H. These lots, east of the light rail track at M&T Bank Stadium, are easily accessible via the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, I-95 and 395.
On the weekend of June 16-17, when the Blue Angels are performing, all day parking will be available in Lots A, B, and C for $20.00, which includes transit on the shuttle going directly to Fort McHenry.
At Camden Yards, visitors are within walking distance of the Inner Harbor as well as downtown. The light rail stops at both locations, so it's convenient for the world-premiere performance of composer Philip Glass' Overture for 2012, on Sunday, June 17 at the Meyerhoff .
There are many details to come on the Star-Spangled Sailabration, so we suggest you check their website frequently. But start planning now to make your first stop at Camden Yards where you can leave your car and be assured convenient transport to your destination.