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Take me AWAY to the Ball Game!
May 19, 2016
Baseball - America's Favorite Pastime. Even if you are not a sports enthusiast a trip to the ball park is always a fun time! Good food, happy people, and entertainment for the whole family. Although the age old-saying is to "Root, Root, Root, for the Home Team," sometimes it's nice to get away.
Traveling for baseball is a great way to experience a new city. First, every stadium is different and typically offers an experience unique to that city. Secondly, as most games are in the evening, you will have most of the day free to tour the host city. At game time, you can ditch the tourists because you'll probably be seated near locals. Lastly, as the season runs April through October, more than likely you are going to get some great weather!
We have compiled a list of the best "Baseball Vacations" for each MLB Division!
AL EAST - Visit Camden Yards in Baltimore!
Must Eat: Pit Beef Sandwich with Raw Onions & Special Sauce
Nearly 25 years old, Camden Yards is still a fan favorite and often voted "Best Ballpark in the MLB". Constructed over an old railroad station warehouse, the retro feel of this park revolutionized the design of nearly every stadium built thereafter. Located downtown, it's a short walk to the Baltimore Inner Harbor where you can enjoy other attractions like the National Aquarium.
AL CENTRAL - Make your way to Minnesota!
Must Drink: Bloody Mary
Pick a seat with a good view of center field because you'll want to see "Minnie and Paul" shake hands after every homerun while the Mississippi River flows between them. If the game sells out, you can catch some of the action through one of the multiple "knotholes" along the side of the stadium! Don't forget to save some of your spending money for a trip to the Mall of America located just 11 miles from Target Field!
AL WEST - Sit down at Safeco Field in Seattle!
Must Eat: Mariner's Fish N’ Chips
It doesn't really matter where you sit at Safeco Field, as the Mariners have the largest Jumbotron in the MLB! It’s definitely a fan friendly stadium with the Bull Pen Market, Outside Corner Picnic Patio, and the Children's Hospital Playfield featuring baseball themed playground equipment. Don't leave town without visiting the Space Needle, Great Wheel, and Pike Place Market!
NL WEST – Get going to the Golden State
Must Eat: Crazy Crab'z
AT&T Park is a fan favorite due to the unique structure, charm, and breathtaking views. Another family friendly stadium, kids and adults alike can have a great time in the Coca-Cola Fan Lot with a Photo Booth, Giant 26 ft. tall Baseball Glove, and Coca-Cola Fan Slide. If the current streak continues, the Giants are due for another World Series Championship in 2016! Expect a good game and maybe even see a homerun hit to the kayakers out in McCovey Cove! If you have extra time ride the ferry to Alcatraz Island and see the first lighthouse built on the West Coast!
NL CENTRAL - Pack your bags for PNC PARK in Pittsburgh!
Must Eat: Brunch Burger
Enjoy views of the city skyline and scenic Alleghany River at PNC Park. Expect great views of the field too, as this is one of the most intimate stadiums in MLB. You can catch some great views outside of the stadium by taking the incline up to Mount Washington! If you are looking to stay grounded, visit the Phipps Conservatory or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for some interesting and educational fun!
NL EAST - Crawl on over to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia!
Must Eats: Crab Fries & Cheese Steaks
Citizen's Bank Park always makes for a fun game because it is a great "Batter's Park." For every Phillies Home Run you can watch the giant "Liberty Bell" in Center Field chime in support! If the game is a flop, you are bound to be entertained by the antics of the 'most sued mascot in sports', the Philly Phanatic.
While in Philly, don't forget to see the real Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A trip like this doesn’t have to break the bank! Have some fun this summer and plan a baseball getaway! Better yet, let us plan it for you! Pick some travel dates, determine your budget, and let us plan you a Top Secret Trip! Just let us know you are interested in baseball, and prepare yourself for a game you’ll never forget!