Did you know that the five largest sports in the United States are football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer? Well, if you’re a sports fan, you probably already knew that. But, did you know that you can plan your next vacation around sports? One place that’s becoming a popular sports vacation destination is Baltimore, Maryland. Here are some well-known—and lesser known—Baltimore sports spots that you should visit.
See Babe Ruth’s Birth Place
If you’re a baseball fan, you don’t want to miss Babe Ruth’s Birth Place Museum. The Great Bambino, as he was called, still holds the MLB record for the most seasons with over 40 home runs. At the museum, you can see childhood photos and his 1927 season bat.
Catch a Baltimore Orioles Home Game
You won’t want to miss the Baltimore Orioles home games at Oriole Park in Camden Yards. This became the Orioles’ official home in 1992. Inside the landmark 19th century railroad station, you can even take a behind-the-scenes tour if there are no Baltimore Orioles home games while you’re there. The park itself is worth seeing even if you don’t get to catch a game.
Visit Upton Boxing Center
If you’re a boxing fan, stop by the Upton Boxing Center. This is where some Golden Glove and Silver Gloves winners, US Olympic Team finalists, and Junior Olympic medalists have trained.
Look for the Johnny Unitas Statue
At the entrance of M&T Bank Stadium, football fans can see NFL Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Unitas.
Stop by Banner Field
Banner Field was donated to the city by sportswear manufacturer, Under Armour, which is based in Baltimore. Banner field is a multipurpose field where you can watch a free recreational league game or even play yourself.
Drink at Slainte Pub
Slainte Pub is a soccer fan pub named after Slainte in Fell’s Point. Here you will find 18 televisions that broadcast soccer games from around the world.
Eat at Pickles Pub
You can find Pickles Pub behind left field at Camden Yards. This is a popular fan spot where you can get beer-battered fried pickles or a shrimp salad sandwich.
There are numerous other destinations for sports fans besides Baltimore. You can even get some good deals on sports vacation packages nowadays to events like the Kentucky Derby, the 2020 Olympics, and the Rugby World Cup.