Among the numerous historic cities of interest to visit in Maryland is Annapolis, the state capital, which has been designated as a national historic district. Baltimore, like Annapolis, is also noted for its numerous places of historic interest. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Baseball Center has exhibits and films about the sports legend. The National Aquarium on the Baltimore waterfront contains 12 major themed exhibits, including marine mammals. Historic buildings are numerous throughout the state. Of particular interest are the fine old mansions and churches of Annapolis, Frederick, and some of the picturesque communities on the Eastern Shore. In southern Maryland is Saint Marys City, the site of the first settlement in the state, dating from 1634.
Horse racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in Maryland. Well-known races include the Maryland Hunt Cup, which is a steeplechase held in Baltimore in April, the Preakness Stakes, in Baltimore in May, and the Maryland Million Day, at Laurel in October.
Maryland Day is celebrated in late March in Saint Marys City. In June, at Columbia, a Fine Arts Festival is held. June also marks the Bay Country Music Festival, in Centreville. On June 14, a Flag Day celebration is held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. The Maryland State Fair opens annually in late August at Timonium. Jousting tournaments, the official state sport, are held in several locations during the summer. Defenders Day is commemorated in September by a mock bombardment of Fort McHenry in the harbor at Baltimore. October is marked by the celebration of Olde Princess Anne Days in Somerset County. In early December is an annual candlelight tour of historic Havre de Grace.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is the home of Baltimore’s major league professional baseball team. The Washington Bullets basketball team and Washington Capitals hockey team play at Landover. In late 1995 the owner of the Cleveland Browns professional football franchise announced his intention to move the team to Baltimore. The team, renamed the Baltimore Ravens, began to play in Baltimore in 1996 at Memorial Stadium. During the 1998 season the Ravens moved into a new stadium built next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. "Maryland" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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