If you’re stuck on a long layover in Baltimore, you may find yourself with several hours to cozy up to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). If you’re looking for something more interesting than a few drinks at an airport bar and slick new magazines, try some of these suggestions for making the most of your layover.
Splash Away at a Comfortable Hotel
If you have an exceptionally long layover or an overnight stay between flights, you may have the opportunity to book a cheap airport hotel near the BWI airport. Fortunately, BWI has plenty of options nearby with soothing amenities that will offer a relaxing evening, even if you never leave the property. Check out the health club and indoor pool at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport. The Sheraton BWI boasts a comfortable indoor pool as well as a full service restaurant on-site.(image by Four Points and Resorts)
Stretch Your Legs on the BWI Hiker-Biker Trail
The BWI bike trail circles the airport, offering travelers a chance to escape the bustling terminals and get back to nature for a bit. While some points on the trail admittedly offer views of arriving and departing flights, other sections are more rustic, truly taking you away from it all. You can rent a bike from Zagster Bike Share at the Light Rail station outside the Concourse E terminal. Add the Zagster mobile app to your arsenal of valuable applications and you’ll be ready to sign your bike out in no time.
Enjoy a Leisurely Meal
A long layover is the perfect opportunity to enjoy something more substantial than fast food fare. BWI has several options to choose from. If you’re in the mood for crab, Obrychi’s Restaurant & Bar is the place to go. They offer crab soup, crab cakes, and decadent soft crab. The California Tortilla, lovingly known as Cal Tort to locals, has all things Mexican with over 75 hot sauces to complement your dish. The Ram’s Head Tavern is a smart stop for classic bar food or steak.
Relax in the Observation Gallery
If you have children with you, the Observation Gallery between concourses B and C is the perfect place to pass the time. Recently renovated in 2013, the gallery features a play area for children, the Maryland Youth Art Gallery, and the massive Sky Azure cocktail lounge and concessions. Charging stations are on hand so you can juice up your phone or laptop if you need to make last-minute Baltimore hotel arrangements due to an unexpected delay.
Clear Your Mind in the Meditation Room
The upper level of BWI between concourses D and E is home to the meditation room. This peaceful retreat is the ideal option if you’re exhausted from the bustle of the airport. Sit back, clear your mind, and let your cares melt away. Whether you meditate or not, this is an excellent retreat for quiet and reflection.
BWI’s amenities make it a great stop whether you’re laying over or choosing Baltimore as your destination. If you’d like to fly to or through this city, check out this handy guide to booking your cheap flight to Baltimore.(Image by liquidsunshine49)
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove program.
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