Its convenient central East Coast location and proximity to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport makes the BWI Region a perfect place for hosting a family reunion or large group gathering. After checking into your hotel, head to Arundel Mills Mall and experience the new show with Her Majesty, The Queen at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Dine like royalty as you watch jousting, sword fighting, medieval games and more. Test your prize-winning skills at Dave and Busters! Try your luck at Live! Casino & Hotel with over 300,000 square feet of slot machines and table games. When you’re all gamed out, you and the kids may well enjoy the nearby National Cryptologic Museum, where games of international espionage are recounted and retold from the National Security Agency’s perspective.
Next, head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to visit the National Aquarium. If there’s a dinosaur-lover in your crew, be sure to trek on for interactive exhibits at the Maryland Science Center. For a different perspective on Charm City – and a little history to boot – take a Watermark or Spirit cruise. While you’re at it, don’t forget to book your Maryland staple, a crab feast! With so many restaurants and catering services available, hosting a crab feast in a park pavilion or a restaurant is infinitely doable. Want to be a hero? Consider bumping the crab feast to the top of your family reunion list! Looking for the perfect location for a farewell reception? Consider a county park. There are more than ten options to choose from within five miles of the BWI region.
No stay in the region is complete without a visit to Annapolis! Maryland’s capital city is just a short drive from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, but it’s a world away from the everyday. Sip a craft-made cocktail while enjoying a beautiful sunset on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Schooner Woodwind. Cruise the Annapolis Harbor aboard the Harbor Queen, tour the U.S. Naval Academy or book a historic walking tour or ghost tour and bond over more than 300 years of history.
With so many experiential activities in the BWI Region, it’s no wonder it’s the ideal destination for corporate group meetings, team-building exercises, and family reunions. What better way to promote team building than by conquering a ropes course or learning to sail together? Check out the sample itinerary below that’s sure to make your team stronger!
Terrapin Outdoor Adventure Park prides itself on team building activities. Soar through the air together on their zip line through the woods or on a giant swing that falls from high in the sky. Scale one of the twelve Terrapin Tower routes or conquer the high and low elements of the ropes course. With kayaking, mountain biking, river tubing and more, the outdoor challenges are destined to bring your coworkers together as a team.
The castle at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament stands ready to play host to your next team outing. Leave your indoor voices at the office and cheer on your favorite knight in battle. With company packages catered to your needs, your crew will indulge in a feast fit for kings and queens. To make it more interesting, divide up your team into small groups and have them sit in different sections of the jousting arena. Each group will be routing for a different knight. Who will win?
Mission Escape Rooms at Arundel Mills Mall will test your teamwork through high energy clue solving experiences. A real-life got to get out escape room is designed for groups of up to ten people. For larger teams, rent out more of their rooms and turn it into a race to see who beats the 50-minute limit and gets out first. The goal is simple – find your way out of a locked room by solving clues, puzzles, and riddles. Mission Escape keeps it fresh by frequently changing the themes of the rooms.
Located conveniently off of I-95, Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events is a unique place to get your team together. A dedicated event team manager provides catering options and joins you for the day to make sure you meet your team goals. More than a raceway, it offers events, including ax throwing which is believed to be an old European sports tradition. It’s a great way to get a little competitive and liven up the team-building experience.
Dave & Buster’s at Arundel Mills Mall has options to tear down communication barriers and get your team working together. You have four options to choose from. “Mission Possible” brings minds together where the team needs to complete three missions. “Arcade Relay Racer” puts small teams in arcade relay games where pictures are required to move on!
If your group is looking for an experience unique to Maryland, they can try their hand at helping the crew of the Schooner Woodwind set sail in Annapolis Harbor. Your teams will sail past the U.S. Naval Academy and out into the Chesapeake Bay! The friendly and professional Woodwind crew will share the nuances of sailing a 74-foot schooner. Team members can learn how to trim a sail, basic navigation, boat steering techniques, or they can simply enjoy the cruise – with a local craft cocktail in hand.
If you have time to play, the BWI Region is your perfect home base for exploring Washington, DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore. A major hub for Southwest Airlines, BWI Thurgood Marshall makes it easy to convene regional, national and international meetings and events in the BWI Region. If you book a room at one of the many BWI and Arundel Mills area hotels that offer shuttle service to Amtrak, MARC train and Light Rail service, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your leisure time when work is through.
Getting into DC is a snap. Simply take the hotel shuttle to BWI Airport’s MARC train station and board a train to Union Station. Once at Union Station, DC’s entire metro system is at your disposal. The Red Line provides easy access to the National Mall, home of the White House, the Capitol building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums. Change to the Green Line to explore the Southwest Waterfront – home of the new and trendy Wharf. The Orange Line will take you to George Washington University and the ever-popular Georgetown Waterfront.
If you’ve set your sights on Baltimore, head north on the Light Rail line from BWI Airport to Charm City’s Inner Harbor. It’s home to the National Aquarium, Science Center and Fort McHenry, a national monument and historic site that played a pivotal role in defending Baltimore from British invasion during the War of 1812. A short walk east takes you to Camden Yards at Oriole’s Park and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. For some history and culture, stroll a few blocks north to Mount Vernon. Don’t miss the Walters Art Museum, Washington Monument, and the George Peabody Library. As the sun sets, Mount Vernon’s nightlife takes center stage at a host of bars, restaurants, and clubs with a style and energy that will keep you coming back for more.
If you want to get out on the water, a visit to America’s Sailing Capital is a must. Located just 15 miles from the BWI Region, Annapolis is the gateway to North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Take a public sail, cruise the Annapolis harbor, kayak or people-watch at Ego Alley. Then, tour the U.S. Naval Academy, visit the oldest State House in continuous legislative use, check out the home of a Declaration of Independence signer – or simply stroll the brick-lined street of the Museum without Walls that features more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation. If you work up an appetite, Maryland’s capital city is home to dozens of restaurants serving the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.