Visitors to the Sailabration won’t have as much trouble as the British did getting to the Inner Harbor, but these few tips should make for smooth sailing.
Parking: Lots and garages in and around the Inner Harbor are plentiful, but a stay of more than five hours will probably set you back about $25. The cost can drop dramatically — sometimes by half — if you arrive before 9 a.m. So leave home early. Or use Panda Parking (www.parkingpanda.com/
Sailabration-Parking) to reserve a space in advance.
If you are planning to visit other major attractions, check their Web sites for parking suggestions. The National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum are among those that offer parking discounts at specific garages. The city’s visitors bureau offers maps of local garages at baltimore.org/transportation/
If you want to attend the air shows over Fort McHenry, you must get to the fort by bus or on foot. Special free shuttle buses will connect parking lots at M&T Stadium to the fort on Saturday and Sunday. Parking at the stadium is $20. Organizers are urging visitors to get to the fort by 10 a.m. to see the shows. Picnicking is allowed. Once Fort McHenry has reached capacity, air show visitors will be redirected to viewing sites at MedStar Harbor Hospital and Port Covington, which are accessible by car.
Bus: Once the car is in the garage, consider hopping on a Charm City Circulator bus to travel among neighborhoods. The buses are free and connect the Inner Harbor with Fells Point, Little Italy, Federal Hill and several other areas of interest.
A special Banner Route will connect the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry during the Sailabration. Visit www.charmcitycirculator.com for routes and hours.
Water taxi: Get a different perspective on the visiting ships with a ride on a water taxi. The taxis have 13 landings in the area, including one at Fort McHenry. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to
11 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to
9 p.m. Adults $7 one way or $12 for an all-day pass; $6 for age 10 and younger. 410-563-3900. Visit www.baltimorewatertaxi.com.