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Navy Warships visit Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Navy Warships visit Baltimore's Inner Harbor
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The USS Oak Hill arrives in Baltimore Harbor as crew members stand along the rails
USS Oak Hill in Baltimore's Harbor 2014
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Blue Angels dive leaving dramatic white trails of smoke in the sky
Blue Angels dive dramatically leaving a trail of smoke over Baltimore
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About Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore
Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore
Where and when are events taking place?
Which Navy ships will be docked at the Inner Harbor?
Will we be able to board and tour Navy ships?
Is there a Festival at the Inner Harbor?
What information is available about Air Show Baltimore so far?
Where are the best places to view Air Show Baltimore?
Is there a cost for event admission?
May I watch the Air Show Baltimore from my boat?
What will I be allowed to bring?
Can we see the Air Show from Martin State Airport?
Is ear protection necessary?
Which events and areas will be ADA accessible?
Will events take place rain or shine?
What's the best way to get in and around Martin State Airport?
What's the best way to get in and around Baltimore?
What about traffic and road closures?
What public transportation options are available?
Where can we park?
Where can we stay?
When will we get updates?
How can I volunteer for Fleet Week?
Whom should I contact about sponsorships and advertising?
What other sights and attractions can I experience while I'm in Baltimore?
Is there a general information telephone number I can call?

Contacts for more information:
Looking for the Lost and Found?

What is Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore?
MARYLAND FLEET WEEK & AIR SHOW BALTIMORE (October 10-17) celebrates the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation.  U.S. Navy and Canadian Navy vessels will be in port October 13-16 (viewing days) at the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point.  There will be a prelude of events beginning October 8 and the Blue Angels, along with other aviators, will be in the skies over Baltimore City, October 15 & 16.

Where and when are events taking place?
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore events will occur October 10-17, 2016, at locations around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at Fort McHenry and in Baltimore County at Martin State Airport.
The weeklong event will feature interactive activities, tours aboard Naval vessels, spectacular air shows, schooner races, educational outreach programs, live music, a Chesapeake inspired food area, and much more. Please note:  The Air Show over Baltimore and Open House at Martin State Airport take place on October 15-16, 2016. For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Fleet Week map thumbnailWhich Navy ships will be docked at the Inner Harbor?
More than a dozen U.S. and Canadian vessels will be docked in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point. Find a complete list of vessels and view on map.
For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

 

Will we be able to board and tour Navy ships?

Yes, however, be prepared to pass minor security clearance to do so. Please check back at a later for updates on specific admission procedures. The Bag Policy describes the standard for Navy Fleet Week events.
Visitors should plan on wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. If you are bringing a handbag or camera case, it may be searched prior to entering. A ship is an industrial environment, so avoid high-heels, necklaces that can get caught and bags that will be too heavy to comfortably carry.

There is no age requirement to access naval vessels during Maryland Fleet Week; however, there may be steep ladders and/or stairways to climb and uneven surfaces to traverse during a ship tour, and thus, tours may not be appropriate for small children and may be difficult for parents carrying young children. Also, ship tours may not be appropriate for individuals with heart conditions, breathing difficulties, or other medical conditions impacting their ability to navigate such challenges.

Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but are not allowed on the ships.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Is there a Festival at the Inner Harbor?
Exhibitors, food and drink, live music, and more will be on hand at the Inner Harbor, between Pratt and Light streets. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13-16. A beer garden will be open at West Shore Park, 401 Light St., from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and noon-6 p.m. Oct. 16.

To view a complete list of festival events, click here.

What information is available about Air Show Baltimore?
Air Show Baltimore will take place over a two-and-a-half-hour period on October 15 and 16, featuring precision flight demonstrations from the U.S. Navy, Marines, Air Force,Coast Guard; the Royal Canadian Navy; the renowned Geico Skytypers; and an exciting aerobatic performance by Scott Francis Airshows. The featured act will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The air show will take place over the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.
Air Show Baltimore is scheduled to start around 1:00 p.m.  The air show will take place rain or shine unless there is very severe weather. There may be delays based on severe weather and lightning, but the show will likely resume following any storm. For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek.

 

Where are the best places to view Air Show Baltimore?
Make sure to plan ahead as there will be lots of people interested in experiencing this exciting portion of Fleet Week.  The air show will be accessible to view from:
 - Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

   

[Note: On Saturday 10/15, due to capacity issues at Fort McHenry, and road closures in the area due to the Baltimore Running Festival, we encourage visitors to consider alternative viewing sites for the air show.]

- Inner Harbor area
- MedStar Harbor Hospital parking lot (3001 S. Hanover Street)
- Chartered Boats/Sightseeing Cruises - http://baltimore.org/attractions

Several less-crowded public parks provide "peek-a-boo" views of the performance airbox:

  • Canton Waterfront Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Cherry Hill Park
  • Reed Bird Island Park
  • Garrett Park

There is no admission fee at any viewing sites (except sightseeing tours) and space is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Seats or risers will not be available at any public viewing locations, but you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, bag chairs, etc. to "peek-a-boo" viewing sites.  Once Fort McHenry has reached its full capacity, it will be closed to visitors.
For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Is there a cost for event admission?
Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore events are free and open to the public and includes air show viewing and tours of naval vessels.

Admission to Air Show Baltimore is free for all visitors. Please note that once capacity has been reached at Fort McHenry, visitors will not be granted admittance and may then opt to tour the visiting ships*  or other attractions within the city or at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Baltimore County.

*No ship tours at North Locust Point on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

We expect all locations to draw large crowds and reach venue capacity at each site very early in the day. Venue capacity will be determined for each air show viewing site based on various factors, including but not limited to, weather, air temperature, and how many people each venue can safely hold. Interested spectators are asked to check the website, Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on venue capacity throughout the air show day on October 15 and 16.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

May I watch the Air Show Baltimore from my boat?
Yes and it is encouraged, particularly for Saturday, October 15 due to the Baltimore Running Festival/Marathon.  The USCG has created a regulated area in and around the air box.  The zone will be patrolled for safety.  The regulated area will restrict vessel traffic on the Patapsco River and its tributaries, and will be enforced Oct 13-16, from 11am to 6pm each day. See Maritime Safety and Security Bulletin for details.

Any area outside of the USCG regulated area is open for boaters to view the air show.   

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page.

What will I be allowed to bring?
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, a security screening and bag policy has been implemented that conforms to best practice standards for large-scale events. The City’s public safety team continues to evaluate security policies and is always adapting to provide the safest and most secure environment. Developed with the event organizers, this policy represents best practices nationwide and takes into account both safety and visitor experience.  Go here for more information and a complete list of permissible and prohibited items.
For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Can we see the Air Show from Martin State Airport?
You will not be able to see the air show from Martin State Airport in Baltimore County, however you can enjoy watching the Blue Angels and the other pilots take off from and land at the airport. The Blue Angel pilots will also be signing autographs at the airport following the air show on both Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Is ear protection necessary?
Ear protection is recommended for children and anyone with sensitivity to loud noise.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Which events and areas will be ADA accessible?
An area will be designated for ADA access to the air show viewingat Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Please alert a park ranger when you arrive and they will direct you to the area. Please note, this is on a first-come, first-served basis and ADA seating is limited. 

Getting to the Fort on Friday, Oct. 14  - Drive to the Fort with valid identification for handicap parking area. On Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16  - No vehicles will be allowed past Andre on Fort Avenue, the MTA is offering their Mobility Shuttle from Francis Scott Key Elementary School.There is no parking at the school - passengers may be dropped off or come to the school by mass transit to begin with (see https://mta.maryland.gov/mobility). On Sunday only, there is an ADA accessible vehicle  "Fleet Week Shuttle" running from the Baltimore Visitor Center to Francis Scott Key Elementary school. From the school, passengers would ride the Mobility Shuttle to the Fort McHenry gate.

All shuttles will drop off passengers at the entrance of the Fort McHenry. From there, it is an approximate 200 foot walk to the ADA area and another 500 to the seating area. The total seating area is 2000 feet long. 

On Saturday, Oct. 15, it is strongly recommended that alternative viewing sites, such as MedStar Harbor Hospital or Canton be used.

Seeing the ships - the ships are built for warfare and, therefore, are not recommended for handicapped visitors. The USS Constellation, one of the Historic Ships of the Inner Harbor, is accessible and will be open.The Inner Harbor area is accessible, as are the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Harborplace & the Gallery, as well as nearby hotels and restaurants.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Will events take place rain or shine?
The air show will take place rain or shine, except in severe conditions. The safety of attendees and pilots is paramount. Inclement weather may delay flying activities but every effort will be made to produce an afternoon air show, unless deemed unsafe.  The weather is monitored very closely and  in case of severe weather, air show experts will issue instructions. Please check the website and facebook for air show updates throughout the week.For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

What's the best way to get in and around Martin State Airport?
Martin State Airport can be accessed by MTA MARC Train's Penn Line and by car.  Baltimore County Police will guide you to one of several parking lots made available by area businesses.  Be sure to leave items in your car that are not permitted at Martin State Airport.

After you park, board one of the circulating shuttle buses that will take you into the Airport grounds.  Some shuttles can accommodate those who may need help accessing the Airport.  One additional person may accompany anyone who needs accessible transportation from the parking area to the airport.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

What's the best way to get in and around Baltimore?
During Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore, you may experience a heavier volume of traffic due to the special events taking place throughout the city.  Please be patient, check the website for updates and road closures, and strongly consider taking public transportation into downtown Baltimore.

Plan Your Visit!  If you are driving to Baltimore, you will likely experience a heavier volume of traffic within the city due to large crowds.  Alternatives include taking public transportation (MTA Busses or Light Rail), using the Charm City Circulator, riding bicycles, or hopping on water taxis to navigate in and around the Inner Harbor.  And, "Use Your Feet to See the Fleet" so once you get downtown, consider walking to and from Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor. See our ideas for transportation here.

On Thursday, October 13, Friday, October 14 and Sunday, October 16, from 1 pm to 6pm - Take the Fleet Week Shuttle to U.S. Navy Ships in Locust Point (leave from Inner Harbor Visitor Center - 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). Everyone using the Fleet Week Shuttle must have a valid state or federal issued photo I.D.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

What about traffic and road closures?
Yes, there will be temporary road closures and parking restrictions but Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore will be a truly unique experience so simply plan ahead.
Specific closures and restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, October 15, as early as 12 a.m. and as late as 4 p.m. due to the Baltimore Running Festival/Marathon. Details about those road closures are available here: http://www.thebaltimoremarathon.com/race-resources/community/road-closure-info/

Traffic will be limited and restricted on Fort Avenue near Fort McHenry on October 15 and 16 due to the air show. Please note there will be LITTLE OR NO ACCESS OR NO ACCESS TO FORT MCHENRY IN PASSENGER VEHICLES ON THESE TWO DAYS so plan to take the bus, bike, Water Taxi or walk!!

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

What public transportation options are available?
Use Your Feet to See the Fleet (and the flights and the festival).  Take public transportation to get into the city and once you get downtown, consider walking to and from Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Where can we park?
Parking, at times, may be difficult but be patient and plan ahead!  There are multiple public garages available around Baltimore City within walking distance of visiting ships and air show viewing areas. Parking will be VERY limited and restricted on Fort Avenue near Fort McHenry on October 15 and 16 due to the air show.

And, if you choose to park on the streets, please pay close attention to any and all parking restrictions throughout the city, as they vary from location to location.  There will be strict enforcement of all parking and no stopping zones during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore. Two options for parking are Parking Panda and

Parking Near MD Fleet Week


For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

When will we get updates?
More information will become available as it is confirmed by the U.S. Navy and other organizers. Bookmark http://mdfleetweek.com and check back often for updates. You can also follow Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news.

How can I volunteer for Fleet Week?
There are great volunteer opportunities during this busy week to work alongside the Fleet Week/Air Show team.  Click here to enter your basic information.  When we contact you, we will ask about your skills, interests and availability. Volunteers assist behind the scenes during set up; help with registration, provide directions and explain schedules to visitors.  Volunteers can work directly with the public at the Inner Harbor's Fleet Week Festival. Or ask about assisting at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine where volunteers check credentials and welcome special Air Show guests and visitors.  Or work with air show managers either at Fort McHenry or at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County. If you are in a group and want to volunteer together, please email Rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org.

For the most recent updates or questions, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek

Whom should I contact about sponsorships and advertising?
Sponsors and advertisers are invited to contact Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore about sponsorship and advertising programs.  Support the non-profit organizer, Historic Ships in Baltimore!  Various sponsor programs have been developed to match your goals and help us reach ours. 

See more at:  http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/maryland-fleet-week-air-show-baltim...

What other sights and attractions can I experience while I'm in Baltimore?
Baltimore is a city rich with history and culture, an array of world-class museums and attractions, a top-notch culinary scene and an impressive selection of hotels. Our many one-of-a-kind neighborhoods – which continue to expand with the opening of restaurants, shops, cafes and more – as well as an exciting calendar of annual events, bring enjoyment to those of all ages. In Baltimore, you can honor the past while enjoying endless opportunities to explore, learn and have fun.

For centuries, Baltimore has played a significant role in our nation’s history. Many of our museums and attractions paint a spectacular picture of how Baltimore has helped shape America through exhibits, special programs and events, interactive activities and “hands-on” history.

Among these are Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – the “birthplace of our national anthem” – and other sites you will only find in Baltimore, like the B&O Railroad Museum, which contains the country’s oldest, most comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts; and the Maryland Historical Society, which houses the original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Adventure seekers can climb the newly-restored  Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, the nation’s very first monument dedicated to our first president; tour various historic ships in the harbor, like the USS Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk and the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney; or take a walking tour along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail or Civil War Trail.

Baltimore has a celebrated African American history as well, which can be explored at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African History & Culture, the largest African American museum on the East Coast; the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the only wax museum of its kind in the country; the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, which recounts the history of these two influential men and the nation’s first black-owned shipyard; and more.

In addition to our rich historical attractions and museums, the whole family can enjoy other spectacular Baltimore attractions, including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the free Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and many more. Afterwards, stop at one of our renowned restaurants for a great meal or stroll and shop in any of our charming neighborhoods.

A visit to Baltimore is sure to be full of fun and excitement and an experience that is not only one-of-a-kind, but memorable, too.

Is there a general information telephone number I can call?
Yes, please call 1-866-639-3526.

Contacts for more information:
General Info Questions: info@mdfleetweek.com
Media inquiries: media@mdfleetweek.com
General Information:  1-866-639-3526.

Looking for the Lost and Found?
If you are missing or have found an item, please go to the Info-Guest Service desk at the Constellation-Pier One, 301 East Pratt Street


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