You are looking for something exciting and different to make your trip to the BWI region even more memorable, right? Why not stop by DodgeBow Baltimore for an adrenaline rush like no other?
You might be wondering, what is DodgeBow? Well, imagine dodgeball, paintball, and combat archery magically merge into one exhilarating action-packed game. Now set your imagination aside because that action-packed game is happening 7 days a week in the BWI region.
The rules for DodgeBow are simple and, not to mention, quite familiar. If you get hit with an arrow, you are out. If you catch the arrow speeding toward you, the shooter is out. On the playing field, there are plenty of inflatable obstacles for you, your team, and opponents to strategize or hide behind. For those who have never shot an arrow before, DodgeBow Baltimore has you covered with a 10-minute orientation to help you get acclimated with the art of the game.
DodgeBow Baltimore takes the effort out of planning a good time. All you must do is purchase your tickets online first and show up with active clothing, running shoes, and a lock. Finally, have fun. DodgeBow Baltimore supplies all the necessary equipment, including a bow, foam-tipped arrows, a face mask, arm guards and inflatable obstacles. Unlike paintball, there is no pain involved in DodgeBow, so a face mask and arm guards are all the protection you will need.
DodgeBow is fun for the entire family. Men and women can be found on the field of play spiritedly and strategically shooting at their friends, family, and even strangers. All participants must read and sign a waiver and release form before they join a match. Participants under the age of 18 are welcomed to join in on the excitement; however, a parent or guardian must sign an online or on-site waiver.
DodgeBow is a perfect way to reinforce the comradery amongst friends while celebrating bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you are hosting a corporate group event, DodgeBow is also great for team building.
7476 New Ridge Rd Suite F, Hanover, MD 21076
*No event tickets sold on-site.
Ready to wrap this year up with something new and exciting? Get settled into your suite at Live! Casino & Hotel, grab a bite to eat at one of the 11 restaurants, and climb the grand casino staircase to the new three-story entertainment hotspot, The Hall at Live!, for a show-stopping performance.
With concerts by legends like the three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling poet, Jill Scott, and world-renowned comedian favorites like Iliza and Gabriel Iglesias, The Hall at Live! is prepared to ring in a truly happy new year in the BWI region. The Hall at Live! will be featuring an array of national headliners from musical acts and comedians to live podcasters and quartets. For all of the boxing fans out there, you have not been overlooked. The future brings championship boxing matches to The Hall at Live!
Want a better view of the show? Sit back, relax in plush seating, and enjoy the show from one of the private VIP boxes. Whether you desire to see the stage from up high or in one of 4,000 seats on the floor or risers, there is a space for you in this 75,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind venue.
Traveling to The Hall at Live! to see your favorite headliner? Why not make it a mini-vacation? Plan a whole day, or two, around your showtime. After all, Live! Casino & Hotel is a one-stop-shop for fun and relaxation. Start your vacation with a tranquil Live! signature massage or a phyto-organic facial at the onsite spa. Next, treat your taste buds to American, Italian or one of the many comfort cuisines offered on property. Once you are mindfully relaxed and nutritiously satisfied, visit the casino floor and try your luck at a table or slot machine. After the casino, head into The Hall at Live! and enjoy the show you have been waiting for with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Finally, complete your stay with a refreshing night’s sleep in your Live! Hotel suite.
Cannot get enough of The Hall at Live!? You can host your events there too. The Hall at Live! has over 40,000 square feet of customizable space, and the capacity to seat 1,600 people banquet style. You can say your I Do’s and have your reception all in the comforts of one modern and artsy space. If you are hosting a corporate meeting, retreat or other celebration, there is plenty of room to get creative with the style and layout of your event.
If you are looking to bring in the 2020 New Year at The Hall at Live!, join Kustom Made & DJ Transit for a New Year’s Eve celebration filled with food, drink, good music and of course, lots of fun.
Here is the current 2019-2020 line up for concerts and shows:
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(7002 Arundel Mills, Circle #7777, Hanover, MD 21076)
Images courtesy of The Hall at Live!
The holidays are upon us, and while it can be a hectic time of year, there’s plenty going on to help boost morale and spread the cheer! Get out and about with family and friends to blow off steam, recover from shopping, and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some fun events to consider while making plans this December in the BWI region.
Glen Burnie Outdoor Ice Skating, 103 Crain Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Winter is here, so why not embrace the cold!?! Glen Burnie’s outdoor skating rink gives you the chance to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit. They offer different schedules to accommodate school closings, as well as seasonal pricing. More details are available here.
1419 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills, MD 21054
For a change of scenery, grab some popcorn and check out a few Christmas favorites on the big screen. Regal Waugh Chapel is offering showings of The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Saturday, Dec. 14th & 21 at 1:00 pm.
Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, Severna Park, Maryland 21146
Who doesn’t love a Santa sighting? St. Nick and his helpers will be making their way down the B&A Trail on Saturday, Dec. 14th. The event is free and a full schedule of times and locations can be found on Facebook.
60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401-1687, United States
The Talent Machine Company is continuing its 25 year-long traditions with this production of holiday classics and entertaining dance numbers. The show features 60 talented kids, ages 6-18, from all over the region. For more information on dates, times and tickets, head over to Facebook!
Everyone loves a good light show! Luckily there are several being offered throughout the region, giving you the opportunity to bask in the most wonderful time of the year. There are different options depending on whether you prefer walking or driving through the displays.
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
8109 Telegraph Rd, Severn, MD 21144
Miracle on 34th Street
720 West 34th Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
Heading to the Military Bowl on Friday, December 27th? If so, why not turn your trip into a mini-vacation getaway by coming a few days early or spending the weekend with us when the game is through?
If that’s your game plan, the BWI-Arundel Mills Region offers you maximum flexibility. It’s just a twenty-minute drive from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, less than ten miles from downtown Baltimore and 32 miles from the heart of Washington DC. That translates into maximum flexibility – and maximum savings – for you! The BWI-Arundel Mills Region offers affordable rates at dozens of full and select-service hotels – two dozen of which are within a ten-minute drive of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Many of the hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport – adding to the ease and convenience of your visit.
After checking in, head to Arundel Mills Mall to dine like royalty at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, test your skills at Mission Escape Room or rack up prizes at Dave & Busters. Right next door, you can try your luck at Live! Casino, pamper yourself at Live! Spa, dine at the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse, The Prime Rib, or take in a concert at the new Hall at Live! at Live! Casino & Hotel. If you’re into international intrigue, head to the National Security Agency’s nearby National Cryptologic Museum to learn the history of code making and code breaking from the 1500s to the present day. The National Electronics Museum displays the history of U.S. defense electronics. In the mood to relax with a good brew? Head to the nearby Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrell House. For more dining and entertainment options, click here.
Military Bowl Parade in Annapolis with Budweiser ClydesdalesIf you arrive in the area on December 26, head to West Annapolis for “A Budweiser Clydesdale Miracle on Annapolis Street.” As part of the 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. celebration on Annapolis Street at Giddings Avenue, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will circle the neighborhood from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in a casual meet and greet atmosphere. On game day, December 27, the Budweiser Clydesdale will lead the Military Bowl Parade that kicks off at City Dock in Annapolis at 9:00 a.m. and processes to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
When the game is through, take advantage of a host of post-game celebrations at restaurants throughout Annapolis, the Annapolis Countryside and the BWI-Arundel Mills region. The following day, you’re in the perfect location to take a quick trip down the road to visit Baltimore and/or Washington, DC. When you return at day’s end, the BWI-Arundel Mills Region has a lot more in store for you!
Tis’ the season to be jolly, and jolly it shall be because Santa is making his rounds and spreading holiday cheer all around the BWI region. From breakfast to carolers, Santa and his many friends will be helping to create experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Here are some wonderful places and events you will find Santa before he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.
Come out and enjoy festive music from local youth carolers and special appearances from Baltimore’s favorite mascots, Poe and The Oriole Bird, and of course – Santa! It is a joyful event perfect for all ages.
4103-4211 Mountain Road
Pasadena, Maryland 21122
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 AM — 2:00 PM EST
Ever wondered whether Santa prefers strawberry jam or grape jam on his biscuits? Well, this year you just might find out because La Fontaine Bleue and Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill in Glen Burnie are hosting special holiday breakfasts, and you guessed it—Santa will be there too.
La Fontaine Bleue
7514 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Sunday, December 8, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-holiday-brunch-2019-tickets-69438475349
Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
105 Chesapeake Center Ct
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
After a good breakfast comes a great lunch, of course. Santa is making no exception to this unwritten law. Join the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company for lunch with Santa, and snap a picture while you are there. There will be activities for children, plus children 12 and under eat free.
Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company
161 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, Maryland 21146
Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
For those who still want to stay in shape during the holiday season, you can get your hike or bike on and join Santa as he rides the B&A Trail. Starting in Arnold, Santa will be collecting non-perishable food items and handing out candy canes in a tractor-pulled sleigh. Find out where he will be stopping via the Santa on the Trail Facebook event page.
Baltimore & Annapolis Trail
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Good music and exciting crafts plus delicious cookies are surely a recipe for fun times. Add photos with Santa to the mix and your bright-eyed young ones are in for a magical evening at the Severna Park Community Center.
Severna Park Community Center
623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Severna Park, Maryland 21146
Friday, December 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Just want a festive picture with Santa for your refrigerator door or this year’s holiday cards? Take the children for a photo session at the Arundel Mills Mall. Be sure to tell Santa what is on your Christmas list!
Arundel Mills: Photos with Santa
7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Bass Pro Shops: Free photo with Santa
7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Photos courtesy of the author.
September is here which means Fall weather is right around the corner. This is the perfect season for outdoor activities because it is not too hot nor too cold. The weather is just right, which means it is a good time to get out and enjoy time with family and friends, surrounded by nature and beautiful hiking trails in the BWI region without the smoldering heat of summer or the bitter chill of winter.
Whether you are looking to take a long walk in the park before dark or a refreshing stroll along a sandy beach, there is something for the entire family to enjoy within a stone’s throw of BWI. Here are a few affordable places to unwind, have fun, and experience nature.
Who said trails were only made for walking? The BWI Trail at Dorsey Road comes with a three for one special. Some people are into feathered birds, others metal birds. If you are looking for the metal kind you will have a front-row seat as you watch planes and other aircrafts landing and taking off at the Thomas A. Dixon Jr. Aircraft Observation Area.
On any given day, you will meet a beautiful array of people and animals, pets and wildlife, sharing the 12-mile BWI Trail. You will encounter cyclists, skaters, skateboarders, joggers, and runners passing and greeting walkers young and old. Even if you just want to find a park bench to catch up on some reading, you can. Or maybe the children want to play and make some new friends; if so, they will enjoy a day at Friendship Park, the onsite playground. Have a sweet tooth? You can even grab a snowball with a marshmallow on top from the park’s vendor while the weather is still warm.
Fort Smallwood is the one-stop-shop for outdoor fun, plus it doubles as a piece of United States’ history. Once serving as a seacoast defense gun battery and barracks, Fort Smallwood is now a fully functioning recreational park. For all of the feathered bird watchers, the Bill Burton Fishing Pier is the perfect place to observe many species of birds or cast a line into the bay. Fort Smallwood also features a year-round boat ramp for anyone looking to spend their day on the water and beach access for others wanting to spend their day in the water. If you are more of a land-body, there are plenty of walking trails, volleyball courts, and picnic areas available. Even the children can let loose and blow off some steam at the children’s playground.
*Daily Vehicle Parking Fee: $6.00 per vehicle
If you enjoy fishing as a pastime, the overlook deck at Lake Waterford is the place to be. It is also the perfect place to watch the geese and other waterfowl flock and float about in the 12-acre lake. With various nature trails that run along the water and deep into the beautiful 180-acre woods, you can always go for an adventurous hike. There is a boundless playground for children to run and be free in as well. The park also features tennis courts and even basketball courts if you want to get in a quick pickup game or a round of HORSE.
Winter is swiftly approaching, and while these places will be open for the season, you want to enjoy them all while it is warm. Pick one of these spots and plan a day of outdoor fun in the sun. Let us know on Facebook (@experiencebwi) or Instagram (@experiencebwi) about all the good times you had.
Blog written by Egypt English.
Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, the Arundel Mills Entertainment District has what you need to forget your busy schedule! From Maryland’s largest outlet mall and one of the state’s favorite casinos to tons of things to do with the whole family, you’re likely to find a little something for everyone in the Arundel Mills District.
Maybe you’re in the BWI Region on business. Maybe you live nearby and want to let loose for a night without the little ones in tow. Whatever the reason, you’re in the right place!
Spend the night in one of Live! Hotel’s new, plush rooms before heading downstairs to catch a world-class act in their event center. There’s a good chance a nationally-recognized band will be performing at Live! Center Stage at the same time. If you’re feeling lucky, head over to Live! Casino (open 24/7) and try your hand at more than 200 live-action table games, including a Poker Room; up to 4,000 of the latest slot machines; and two high limit rooms.
If you want to let your inner child out, check out Dave and Buster’s. Bowling, anyone? If you prefer, head to Cinemark’s Egyptian 24 for a movie, or enjoy a host of dining options at Arundel Mills Mall’s dining pavilion.
For even more dining options, trek on over to Live! Casino & Hotel where David’s will greet you with a host of favorites. In the mood for a juicy steak? The Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse, The Prime Rib, offers a superb fine dining experience. Live! Casino’s culinary delights don’t end there. Experience Bobby’s Burger Palace, by celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Phillips® Seafood Express; the multi-station Live! Buffet; Morty’s Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli; and Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine. Two new eateries include 8 at Luk Fu, featuring sushi and sashimi; and En Vivo, offering classic varieties of soft tacos and pupusas.
If shopping is more your speed, Maryland’s largest outlet and values retail shopping destination is sure to please. With more than 220 stores and restaurants, Arundel Mills Mall features favorite name brands as well as local boutique vendors – in one convenient location.
If you’d like to top off Arundel Mills’ family-friendly events with a real crowd-pleaser, treat you family to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Experience the pageantry and excitement of a royal court of old at an electrifying show, complete with heroic knights exhibiting thrilling swordplay and astounding athletic feats on spirited horses.
Enjoy a “hands-on” feast as an evening of horsemanship and falconry unfolds before you. Medieval Times is sure to keep you and the kids entertained. If the show puts you in the mood for a challenge, test your skills at Mission Escape Rooms. With a new location at Arundel Mills, Mission Escape Rooms uses riddles, puzzles, moving pieces and hidden objects to help kids of all ages escape from a room.
In the mood for an artsy getaway? Look no further than the BWI and Arundel Mills Region! After settling in at your hotel, pop over to the Inner Harbor for some art and cultural enrichment. The American Visionary Art Museum, the Crystal Moll Gallery and the Robert McClintock Gallery are worth exploring. All of them host innovative artists in captivating settings.
Just outside the city in northern Anne Arundel County, you’ll find the Chesapeake Arts Center, featuring events, the creations of local artists, performances, classes and more! It’s your opportunity to experience art that draws its inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay and the local community, breathing life into the BWI Region.
Experience world-class art at Live! Casino & Hotel. Their one-of-a-kind collection features works by Andy Warhol, Jennifer Steinkamp, Charlie Ahn, and others. As collectors and art enthusiasts, Suzie and David Cordish believe the arts bring people together and enlighten the experience of Live! Casino & Hotel. Because the new hotel has ample wall space, the art displayed at Live! Casino & Hotel creates a delightfully unexpected gallery for visitors to enjoy. The casino’s Live! Center Stage is a premier performing arts venue. Be sure to catch a comedy show or a concert here!
Take a short drive to Annapolis’ Arts District. It’s flooded with restaurants, art galleries, and performance art studios. Head down to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for a wide range of arts programming for individuals of all ages, including galleries, classes, a theater and artists in residence. If you want to discover your bliss, wander the streets and let the art find you! A fascinating display of sculptures, murals and other public art showcasing Annapolis’ rich history awaits the creative at heart. Top off your day with a delicious dinner in the “maritime district” of Annapolis, Eastport. The Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Restaurant Row on Severn Avenue features a host of delicious dining options.
Travel to Washington, DC, to see world-renowned museums, awe-inspiring galleries, and rich culture. Check out the 29th Century church with its colorful exterior in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Visit the renowned National Gallery of Art and its breathtaking sculpture garden. Take in pop culture at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Pilsners, Stouts, IPAs – Oh My! If your taste buds are tingling for local Maryland brews, look no further than the BWI and Arundel Mills Region.
The first stop is Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House. Opened in 2018, it’s the first Guinness brewery on American soil since 1954. Their outdoor space is filled with community tables, games and a lawn space shaped like a Guinness glass. During the summer months, a food truck and outdoor bar serve guests listening to local musicians performing on the patio. Inside, brewmasters take pride in their craft, and ambassadors for the Irish staple are happy to help you discover the perfect brew. The taproom serves pub fare, at least four brewed-in-Maryland beers, as well as classics imported from Dublin and some experimental brews. Guided tours are available. If you like, you can add a flight tasting to your tour. You can even bring the kids – since children of all ages are welcome throughout the grounds. Sláinte!
Travel southeast to the Crooked Crab Brewery in Odenton, Maryland. Three Maryland natives saw a need for the first local brewery with brewmasters from Anne Arundel County. Crooked Crab Brewery hosts 12 taps year-round, changing every few months to experiment with the seasons. Space provides activities for adults and kids, including a giant chalkboard wall and board games. Local musicians perform a few nights a week. Since opening in 2018, Crooked Crab has partnered with local food trucks to provide a fun dining option. Don’t miss trivia night every Wednesday! Tours are available. Just ask the brewmasters behind the bar! #getcrooked!
While you’re at it, you may want to check out two of the predominant breweries in Maryland. Towards Baltimore, the family-owned Heavy Seas Brewery has been brewing in Maryland since the 1980s. Taste their award-winning favorites – including Loose Cannon and Cutlass – in their taproom. Take a tour of the taproom and receive a souvenir pint glass and beer sampling!
Finally, don’t forget to check out Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, Maryland. The microbrewery is known for producing great tasting ales. While enjoying your brew and some house-made pub favorites from their new kitchen, you’ll see the brew team hard at work creating the next batch of golden goodness!
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.