Baltimore Guys Weekend Ideas Worthy of the History Books
Baltimore has the unfortunate fate of being in the shadow of Washington DC but that doesn't mean there's nothing here. In fact, this is a great city for guys to visit and explore history, sports, craft beer, and of course seafood!
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Between the ships such as the USS Constellation (sister ship to the USS Constitution "Old Iron Sides" in Boston) and attractions such as the National Aquarium this is one place you can't miss. The National Aquarium houses approximately 16,000 species of aquatic animals. Watch the sharks at Blacktip Reef and the amazing archerfish in the Australia exhibit. The Inner Harbor is also home to many historic ships that span in age from the mid-1800s to the 1980s. Guests are welcome to board each vessel and imagine life at sea. Various outfits also offer cruise tours along the waterfront. Gothic literature fans make a point of visiting the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. Get a spectacular view over the city by venturing to the 27th floor of the World Trade Center.
In spring or summer, a trip to Baltimore would not be complete without attending a game at Camden Yards. Home of the Orioles, the park lies in the center of the city surrounded by great bar, pub, hotel and restaurant options. Game tickets are readily available online or as part of an accommodation package. Guests also have the chance to tour Oriole Park, which features a visit to the dugout, the scoreboard control room, the press room and the Suite Level.
Check out the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel for a baseball package that comes with accommodations, game tickets and drinks at the park. The Inner Harbor Marriott is another option. Just up the street from Camden Yards lies the birthplace and museum of Baltimore’s own Babe Ruth.
Pimlico Race Course "Preakness"
Pimlico Race Course is the home of the legendary Preakness Stakes and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States behind Saratoga (in upstate New York). Pimplico opened in October of 1870 and except for a few years in the early 20th century has operated continuously. Today, while there are races throughout the season it is best known as being part of the fabled "Triple Crown" along with the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. While you can certainly experience the race dressed to the nines, the infield offers are a completely different experience for the most hard core of party animals.
If in the mood for tempting lady luck, the casino is within walking distance from Camden Yards. The facility is fairly new and boasts an expansive gaming floor complete with 2,500 poker and slot machines along with more than 100 gaming tables and a 25-table poker room. The venue also offers great dining options. Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar, Johnny Sanchez and Jack Binion's Steak are but a few of the choices. Feast on anything from grilled steaks to Asian cuisine.
History and military fans enjoy touring the facility that played an important role during the War of 1812. Seeing the flag flying at the fort the next morning while being held captive on a British ship inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner. The unique star-shaped fort features many different exhibits that include the enlisted quarters, officer's quarters, the guardhouse and the powder magazine. Park rangers offer talks and volunteers often present reenactments. Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument are other local historic attractions.
Food and Nightlife
Maryland is the crab capital of the world - or at least in terms of the deliciously sweet Chesapeake Bay Blue crabs. You'll find some of the best crab cakes as well as oysters, fish, and of course steamed crabs here since Baltimore is located right at the top of the Chesapeake Bay with fresh seafood coming in daily. While not as well developed as other parts of the country, Baltimore does boast more than 25 craft breweries and it's growing daily.
Music lovers might venture over to the Pier Six Pavilion for an outdoor concert during the summer. The venue schedules a variety of bands offering classic rock or country to heavy metal and R&B. The location also offers refreshments. Pop's Tavern is the oldest in the city and regularly features live dance bands for a night of fun. Belvedere Square in the northern region of the city hosts free live concerts on Friday nights during the summer. Brews and snacks are available on site. The location is also surrounded by various shops and a food market that sell everything from homemade foods to gourmet treats.
- Written by James Hills
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