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Hotels in Baltimore near Pimlico Race Course

Pimlico Race Course Introduction

Home to one of America's most prestigious thoroughbred horse races, Pimlico Race Course has been captivating racing fans since it opened in 1870. Every May it hosts the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the Triple Crown of American races – the others being the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The race course, which is 7.5 miles northeast of Downtown Baltimore, can hold up to 120,000 people. It's also used for music festivals, such as the Moonrise electronic dance music festival. From 2004 to 2008 it was the site of the US's first Virgin Festival.

Hotels near Pimlico Race Course

There's only a limited number of hotels within a short distance of Pimlico Race Course. Most of the nearby hotels are straightforward motels, although there are a few mid-range options, too. You'll find more choice and variety if you stay in the Downtown area. It's easier to find a bargain if you visit in April and May, or in September and October. June to August is peak season, so book well ahead if you want to find a deal. It's the liveliest time to visit Baltimore, as there's a busy calendar of events and festivals.

Where to stay near Pimlico Race Course

To get the most out of a visit to Baltimore, it's better to stay in one of the Downtown neighborhoods. Inner Harbor is a buzzing waterside district that's been transformed into a gleaming complex of shops and restaurants. North of Inner Harbor is fashionable Mount Vernon, which has a vibrant restaurant scene and is the setting for the annual Baltimore Pride parade. Little Italy, just east of Inner Harbor, has some of Baltimore's oldest architecture and more of a European flavor to its charming restaurants. It's an attractive place for a romantic break.

Things to see near Pimlico Race Course

Just 3.5 miles south of Pimlico Race Course in Mount Vernon is Maryland Zoo, the third oldest zoo in the United States. If you want to see one of the region's premier museums, you could try the Walters Art Museum, about 7 miles from the race course. This features everything from ancient Greek artifacts to Impressionist paintings. A well-known attraction in Inner Harbor is the National Aquarium, which is also 7 miles from Pimlico Race Course. From here, it's only a 12-minute walk to the interactive exhibits at the Maryland Science Center.

How to get to Pimlico Race Course

Baltimore's public transportation network includes buses, commuter trains, light rail, and a metro subway system. There are also water taxis that take passengers across the harbor, and the city offers a free shuttle service, the Charm City Circulator, that travels between the major sights. Pimlico Race Course is served by local buses that connect to the metro line that runs into the city center. If, for example, you're traveling from Inner Harbor to the race course, it will take about 50 minutes by metro and bus. Baltimore/Washington Thurgood International Airport is 18.5 miles from the race course.

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