Of course everbody’s busy with classes
and research, but what do you do to chill? There is plenty in
the Baltimore-Washington area to keep you entertained on your
down time. Here are some favorite places our graduate students
suggest (but that Department of course does not endorse!)
National Mall (free museums!) (a map
of the Mall and the surrounding museums)
(various locations in the Baltimore area)
(at Arundel Mills – see “Shopping”,
or in Columbia)
– a Tapas lounge in Baltimore
, nearby locations at the Inner Harbor and in Columbia
, if you trek to Annapolis (35 min by car) visit
this waterfront classic
Federal Hill, an eclectic, fun neighborhood on Baltimore's south side, 15 minutes from campus
Merriweather Post Pavillion
bars and restaurants in this small Baltimore neighborhood, along
ODonnell and Boston Streets.
O’Shea’s is Govenor O’Malley’s favorite
Irish pub, but there are numerous places on Charles Street between
there and north to the Washington Monument in the Mt. Vernon area.
UMBC teams play a full schedule of 19 intercollegiate sports including
basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The athletics
and physical education department also sponsors a variety of intramural
offerings throughout the year. Other facilities available to graduate
students are an indoor track, fitness trail, golf driving range,
tennis courts, Olympic-size outdoor and indoor swimming pools,
sauna, locker rooms, exercise areas, several weight machines and
a full 15-piece Nautilus Fitness Center complete with electronic
exercise bicycles and computer health analysis. Aerobics, lap
swimming, pick-up basketball and use of the exercise equipment
are available on a daily basis. The Indoor/Outdoor Recreation
Center provides the usual collegiate activities of billiards,
board games, table tennis and soccer, darts and video games. Tourneys
for men and women are held each year in these and other indoor
games and sports. The Outdoor Club offers rental of canoes, sailboats,
tents and other recreational gear, as well as a resource library
describing the excellent local and regional outing areas.
Research at UMBC takes place not only in the laboratory but also
in the concert hall, theatre, gallery and dance studio, where
outstanding artists and faculty in the visual and performing arts
reinterpret the classics and explore new modes of expression before
audiences composed of colleagues, students and the general public.
The visual arts are strongly represented by the imaginative
and critically acclaimed exhibitions of the Albin O. Kuhn Library
and Gallery, which often draw on its vast photography collection,
and in the Fine Arts Gallery, one of the finest spaces in the
region dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms.
The University sponsors a full season of performances by the
UMBC Symphony Orchestra and the renowned Maryland Camerata,
UMBC's resident chamber choir.
UMBC is also home for a variety of professional companies and
ensembles that tour nationally, such as the Phoenix Dance Company,
and Doug Hamby Dance.
Museum of Art