There’s a reason Baltimore is dubbed “The Greatest City in America,” especially for any visiting sports fanatic. You’ll find current events and a rich athletic history through one or more of the city’s sports, such as baseball, basketball, football, and even horse racing and lacrosse. From learning about historic athletes to catching a Raven’s game in person, below are some of the things you have to do in Baltimore to satisfy your athletic passion.
Visit The Bambino’s Birthplace
If you’re traveling to Baltimore, stop by at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Explore the Babe’s roots and upbringing, his legacy, and the records that he shattered during his baseball career through the museum’s artifacts. There are plenty of museums within walking distance, but this one is in the historic Camden Station Building, which is just two blocks away from Oriole Park where you can continue looking through the museum’s exhibits.
Stop by Sports Legends
Whether you’re looking to catch an Orioles game or to dive deeper into Maryland’s athletic history, stopping by Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a must while you’re visiting Baltimore. This baseball-only facility is in the heart of downtown Baltimore and cropped up at a pivotal point in baseball history, helping sculpt the standards set for newly built stadiums. Just outside the ballpark is Sports Legends, an interactive tour with over 10,000 artifacts and 20,000 square-feet dedicated to showcasing Maryland’s athletic history and accomplishments. Exhibits ranging from iconic baseball figures to present-day Baltimore Ravens are sure to catch your eye on your way to the ballpark.
Go to Royal Farms Arena
Downtown Baltimore is also home to the Royal Farms Arena, which is the city’s largest indoor sports facility with a variety of experiences to offer. Attend NBA preseason games, and Harlem Globetrotters matches or witness one of many special events, like monster truck shows or Disney on Ice performances. With so much happening in the arena, traffic and parking can be a little hectic. Booking one of the area’s many hotels is a good idea, especially since much of the surrounding attractions are within walking distance.
Enjoy Ravens Haven
If you’re more of a football fan, stop by the M&T Bank Stadium. While this is the Raven’s Stadium, you can watch college football, soccer, and lacrosse matches here frequently. If you can’t actually make it to the field itself, stopping by some of the sports bars in the area is the next best thing. Cheer on the Ravens at places like Gameday Firehouse, which is “your Baltimore Stadium Events Headquarters,” or at the Baltimore Taphouse, which has 14 different beers on tap to choose from.
Athletic culture is the cornerstone of Baltimore’s history. If you’re a sports buff or if you just like exploring historical figures and artifacts, Baltimore should be on your list of places to visit. Experience the past through rich museums and monuments or get caught up in the here-and-now by catching a game at one of Baltimore’s famous stadiums or arenas.