Sampling the Scene in Baltimore
It’s that time again - when racing fans across the country look promisingly toward Baltimore (Pimlico, to be exact) with hopes of the promise of a potential Triple Crown winner. Fans were riveted last year when I’ll Have Another claimed the Kentucky Derby-Preakness double before he was scratched the week of the Belmont.
This year, we look toward Orb, a bay colt who looks to have all of the parts of a legitimate Triple Crown contender in the making. If you’re headed to Baltimore to cheer your pick for the Preakness to (hopefully) victory, it will be worth your while to head to the “Old Line State” a few days early – there’s lots to do and see in this state.
Begin your getaway with a rowdy warm-up to sports at Camden Yards, home of MLB’s Baltimore Orioles. Camden Yards is the ballpark that quite literally ‘paved the way’ toward a new boutique style of baseball stadiums. The throwback style and feel of the stadium parallels the historic feel that surrounds Baltimore – don’t worry, beer, hot dogs, and popcorn are still staples! Better yet, all students pay just $6 for admission with their ID – sold! The Orioles will challenge the Tampa Bay Rays for an American League East thriller on May 17.
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown
In addition to catching nine innings of baseball, head back in the direction of our four-legged counterparts – Secretariat style! Forty years ago, Secretariat captured the imagination of the country with a brilliant, record-breaking performance in the 1973 Triple Crown, a feat I will raise a glass to given any opportunity. Toast this anniversary with an incredible evening where guests can personally meet and mingle with the Meadow Team, the ‘dream team’ of Secretariat. Guest will be treated to a star-studded Roundtable Discussion with Secretariat’s legendary owner Penny Chenery, jockey Ron Turcotte and biographer Bill Nack. The roundtable is completed with a group of racing VIPs, who will discuss and answer all questions behind the elusive career of Secretariat.
The May 14 evening’s events will include an ESPN Roundtable, AFI Silver film screening and VIP reception. Tickets can be purchased for $40, with a special discounted rate of $20 available for children 14 and under – an absolute steal to sit amongst some of racing biggest legends (who ever thought they would have the chance to chat with Penny Chenery?!)
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National Aquarium, Baltimore
Bringing the family along for your Preakness adventure? Here’s the perfect spot for kids (and adults) of all ages – check out Baltimore’s National Aquarium. Considered one of the world’s best aquariums, the mission of this aquarium is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures, a cause all animal lovers alike can support. The National Aquarium in Baltimore features three pavilions of exciting attractions and a living collection including more than 16,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals. Attractions including daily dolphin shows, a tropical rain forest with sloths and piranhas, a 4-D Immersion Theater (no, that was not a typo – 4D!!) and an eerie shark walk are among the many highlights. The Aquarium's 4D Immersion Theater combines the high-definition drama of a 3D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment – could get interesting! This is definitely one stop worth making while in the Baltimore area.
Ready for some hands on history? Waltz over to the Historic Ships on Pier 1 in Baltimore for an experience you won’t likely forget any time soon. This monumental Pier is the home port to USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy, as well as the submarine USS Torsk which sank the last two enemy combatants of World War II. A historical homerun that was pivotal in tasks ranging from fighting the Transatlantic slave trade to completing daring rescues on the Chesapeake, this port has truly seen it all. Check out the museum, open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where artifacts and audio tour wards will enhance your experience before stepping aboard the ships themselves with uniformed crewmembers in tow. Take a step back in time before the races, and learn a little about what makes our nation so unique!
Every racegoer is entitled to some fun before, during, and after the races; so dive in! Whether it’s learning about the history surrounding the “Old Line State” or cheering the Orioles with a beer in one hand and hot dog in the other, this city has an activity fit for every budget, lifestyle, and personality. Check it out and let me know what you think (and don’t forget the bet the ponies while you’re enjoying your Baltimore getaway!). Cheers!