Maryland's favorite springtime activity is officially here – baseball! Opening Day showed us that the Baltimore Orioles are back in action, bringing in more than 45,000 fans to watch a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Twins. With plenty of home games scheduled at the yard, plan a trip to the country's second best ballpark in the coming months and celebrate America's pastime with some Orioles history and local fan favorites.
1. Tour Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Learn the history behind the stadium that changed the landscape of baseball forever, and why OPACY is continuously named one of the top baseball stadiums in the nation year after year. While you're there, take a photo with one of our legendary player's sculptures.
2. Dine with former O's players
Spot some former players while grabbing a bite to eat! Head to the ballpark and decide if you're in the mood for a pit beef sandwich from Boog's BBQ stand or a sit-down meal at Dempsey's Brew Pub, operated by former Orioles Boog Powell and Rick Dempsey.
3. Babe Ruth's a Baltimorean
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum celebrated Opening Day with a block party and is ready to greet fans all throughout baseball season. Schedule a visit and learn about the Baltimore native's life and how he became the American sports hero known as the greatest figure in baseball.
4. Brews and Baseball
The largest brewery in the city, Peabody Heights, is located at the Old Oriole Park site. Stop in for a brewery tour and hear owner Richard O'Keefe recap the history of the site and facility, while tasting one of the 15 available beers on draft.
5. Bert Simmons' Museum
Just a short metro ride away, the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball is located at the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. A former Baltimore Elite Giants player, Bert Simmons dreamed about opening a museum to honor those who played in the Negro Leagues. He achieved his dream – with the first museum officially opening in 2009 – two months before his passing.