Catonsville bosts the Baltimore area’s first escape room attraction called Escape This Live. This concept originated in Europe and Asia years ago and is steadily growing in the United States. This attraction involves a live-action adventure game that locks a team of people in a room and challenges them to escape in a designated amount of time. In the case of Catonsville’s Escape This Live, participants will have 60 minutes to follow clues around the room in order to win their freedom.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

CUMBERLAND – The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has set an official roll out date for restored 2-6-6-2 no, 1309. The locomotive will pull its first public revenue trains beginning July 1, 2017. The July 4th week will feature a variety of regular trains, special moves, celebratory events, and railroad activities. The two-year rebuild will bring the locomotive back to “better than new” condition. WMSR anticipates making test and training runs in June, and offering a full schedule of regular runs beginning in July.

MGM National Harbor Casino Resort

The MGM National Harbor Casino Resort just opened last fall, bringing their iconic brand of dynamic entertainment and world-class amenities to the shore of Maryland’s Potomac River. It’s a sure bet that high-rollers will be impressed by the 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games at the casino, and they will also delight in a visit to the luxurious 21-story hotel and spa, seven restaurants featuring both local and celebrity chefs, and a 1,200 seat theater.



Canal Quarters – Lockhouse 21

POTOMAC – Lockhouse 21, locally known as “Swains Lockhouse” after the family who inhabited it for years, will be the seventh lockhouse rehabilitated for use into the Canal Quarters Program since 2011. Swains Lockhouse will be the first multi-purpose lockhouse due to its larger size (thanks to a 1890s expansion), will sleep up to eight guests, and will provide water and electricity.The C&O Canal (Chesapeake and Ohio) parallels the Potomac River for 184.5 miles and was once traversed by mule-drawn barges carrying goods and materials. The canal’s rich history began with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 4, 1828, but its life as a National Historical Park only began 45 years ago on January 8, 1971.

Hotel at the University of Maryland

Opening soon, College Park continues construction of the Hotel at the University of Maryland on the east side of campus opposite Turner Hall. In addition to the hotel’s 297 guest rooms, the conference facility will include rooftop banquet area, two full-service restaurants and a 900-space parking garage.


Light City: First of its kind festival in United States

The city of Baltimore presented the first large-scale international light festival in the United States March 28 through April 3, 2016. The festival is a celebration of light, art, music and innovation that will bring together local, national and international artists, musicians and thinkers. In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns. It’s with this spirit of invention and transformation that 200 years later Light City will invite the world to join in a celebration of light.

Baltimore Museum of Art
Premiers October 23, 2016

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are collaborating on a major traveling exhibition in 2016-2017, pairing works by French artist Henri Matisse and American artist Richard Diebenkorn. Matisse/Diebenkorn will feature over 90 objects—including more than 30 paintings and drawings by Matisse with 60 paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn – all gathered from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. This is the first time these two artists’ works have been exhibited together, and the Baltimore Museum of Art is the only East Coast venue to host this collection.


Patuxent River Naval Air Station Museum
May 2016

The “Pax River” museum enthralls visitors with an indoor/outdoor collection of nearly two dozen Naval test aircraft,  flight simulators, ejection seats, massive motors, rotors and radars, several immense “builders models” of aircraft carriers complete with “catch wires”, and a many other exhibits that tell the story of the base and the technologies developed here. The new LEED certified building, complete with green technology for basic HVAC systems, opens in May and is the only location in the world to house both the X-32B and X-35C Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrators.



Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park & Visitor Center
March 10, 2017

This new center will immerse visitors in Tubman’s world through exhibits that are informative, evocative, and emotive.  Understand the value of Tubman’s early years in Maryland, experience a rescue mission on the Underground Railroad, and become inspired by her work as a freedom fighter, liberator, leader, and humanitarian.  Further appreciate the life and legacy of this great American hero by attending a ranger led program or exploring additional sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.