Pre-game attractions for Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The BallParkGuide.com Pre-game attractions for Oriole Park at Camden Yards
by Malcolm MacMillan
Highlights
  • Camden Yards is just steps from Baltimore's vibrant Inner Harbor, which offers days' worth of activities
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a tourism hotspot and features a long list of things to enjoy before and after games.

If you’re attending a night game at Camden Yards, you’ll want to get to the area as early in the day as you can. That’s because the area around the ballpark offers one of the best selections of things to see and do in all of baseball. Camden Yards is an easy walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and if you’ve watched the Orioles on TV, you’ve almost certainly seen shots of the harbor during game broadcasts. Although the Inner Harbor was historically a seaport, it’s now the city’s biggest tourist area and you’ll have no trouble spending most of a day – or maybe even chunks of a couple days – here.

There’s a seemingly endless list of attractions in this area. Museums include the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the American Visionary Art Museum, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and the Civil War Museum. In this area, you’ll also find the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore World Trade Center, which holds the unique distinction of being the tallest regular pentagonal building in the world. It features the “Top of the World” observation area on the 27th floor, giving you a superb view of the city — and of Camden Yards, of course. The Pratt Street Power Plant, a historic building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, holds a Hard Rock Cafe and huge Barnes & Noble.

There are also a number of historic ships docked around the harbor, including the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, which survived the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, and the USS Torsk, a submarine notable for sinking the last enemy ship of the Second World War. If you’re more into doing than seeing, you can rent paddleboats, take water taxi rides and enjoy other attractions on the water.

Otherwise, the area features a long list of restaurants, including many that will satisfy your cravings for crab. The area is so picturesque that you might simply be inclined to lace up your running shoes and take a walk – you can enjoy a long stroll around the harbor and climb to the top of Federal Hill Park to enjoy a perfect vantage point of the city’s skyline.

Although technically not at the Inner Harbor, you won’t want to miss the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. It’s located at 216 Emory St., just three blocks west of Camden Yards.