All eyes are on Baltimore this weekend as Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome hits the ground running (see what we did there?) to keep the dreams of a Triple Crown alive at the 139th Running of the Preakness Stakes. And while this famous horse race is sandwiched in between two other uber-famous derby days, some of us would like to argue this one's the best.
The host city has a little something for every type of traveler. Bonus: There's nothing like Baltimore in May.
So come to Charm City for Preakness, but stay for all of this...
139th Running of the Preakness Stakes
Avoid the craziness of Pimlico on raceday and head over a day early for Black-Eyed Susan day. If you're interested in the real deal and want to experience Infieldfest at its very best, buy your tickets and get ready for some serious fun.
Crab Feasts, Crab Feasts and More Crab Feasts
To come to Baltimore and not have crab should be a crime. Crab feasts are, of course, the most authentic ways to dive in headfirst to some Old Bay-covered steamed crabs, but if the timing isn't right, it just isn't right. There are plenty of spots around town that take their crabs very seriously, so you won't miss out even if there is no feast to be found. A few places we'd recommend... Faidley Seafood in Lexington Market, the Rusty Scupper and of course, the infamous Phillips Seafood.
Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar
You'll find Baltimore's best-of-just-about-anything at this Sunday-only bazaar. From fruits and veggies, to seafood (hello again crabs!), baked goods and multicultural cuisine, your tastebuds will get a serious workout. If you're not an adventurous foodie, there are plenty of other shopping opportunities at the market, don't you worry.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Arguably one of the best ballparks in the whole country, Camden Yards really is spectacular. Although there aren't any home games during Preakness weekend, we'd recommend heading down to the park to have a look anyway. It's only a short walk from the Inner Harbor and you'll get a "two for the price of one" feel, as M&T Bank Stadium (where the Ravens play) is right next door. Pop into Pickles Pub for a drink and a bite to eat to really fill out your Baltimore Orioles experience.