30 Ballparks in 30 Days: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

We’re headed down to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. First off many people do simply know it as Camden Yards. The park was the first of many “retro” ballparks. It is only a few blocks west of Inner Harbor and is also a neighbor to M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. There is not too much to do outside of the park but like Fenway, the street is an extension of the park.

The best concessions available are actually in the park. The best part is they are all within a short walk of each other. Camden Yards is a small park and everything is within reasonable walking distance. Their is a bistro in left field, and an outdoor eating area in front of the B&O warehouse, which also serves as the team’s offices.

The club and suite levels have a museum that has some remarkable Orioles hardware, That list of hardware includes the two World Series trophies, and many gold glove and silver slugger awards. The press level and club level is quite impressive and also has several gentleman’s lounges that allow those who have access to watch the game in nice air conditioned areas on those hot Maryland days.

The main concourse has plenty of general concessions and small souvenir stores that contain common Orioles apparel. I also recommend roaming around and search for the Baltimore Bird, the teams official mascot. He’s an interesting mascot but make sure you don’t have popcorn on you.

Finally, Baltimore is home to George Herman “Babe” Ruth. The Babe Ruth museum is not too far away from the park. I also mentioned that the park is near scenic Inner Harbor. If you visit the park in May, there is a huge warship exposition that includes many different ships from the War of 1812 (many of which were docked in Baltimore), and the Civil War. We’ll be back tomorrow in the nice dome conditions of Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays

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