Camden Yards on opening day 2013 (Getty Images)
Have a baseball road trip coming up? Well, in a bid to help you with your upcoming journeys, Big League Stew has solicited the help of the locals. Over the next month or so, we'll be hitting up our usual guest blogger crew to feature 10 tips for enjoying each of the 30 ballparks like the locals do. Have a suggestion in addition to the ones listed here? Make sure to list it in the comments below.
So, you’re interested in visiting Oriole Park at Camden Yards? I don’t blame you; it’s gorgeous. We get a lot of visitors at the Yard each year, and as long as you don’t refer to our beautiful ballpark as Fenway South or try to tell us that Derek Jeter will go down in history as the greatest shortstop ever, we don’t mind the company. Stick with me and I’ll make sure you have the best experience possible.
1. Don’t pay $20 for that garage. There are many parking garages in the downtown area that might appeal to a person unfamiliar with the city of Baltimore, but if you’re planning on going straight to the game and don’t mind a bit of a walk, park in the stadium lots. There is a lot of parking available for $8-10 in the lots between Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Ravens). If you want to park in a garage so that you’re closer to the restaurants and other city attractions, check out the Penn Street Garage located at the intersection of Pratt & Penn. It costs $8 to park, the cheapest you’ll find in the area, and you can get back to I-95 or I-295 after the game without sitting in any stadium traffic. But keep that between us, OK? I don’t need my favorite garage to start filling up before I get there.
2. Don’t go to the Inner Harbor. If you’re the sort who wants a meal before the game, head to Federal Hill. The Inner Harbor is in walking distance of Camden Yards, but if you go there you’ll be stuck with Pizzeria Uno, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and the like. But Federal Hill, a popular neighborhood just south of the harbor, has a lot of restaurants and bars that feature good food and a lot of local flavor.
Pro Tip: Check out Abbey Burger Bistro and get the SimplyAJ, a burger created in honor of O’s center fielder Adam Jones, a frequent patron.
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