Hey Batter Batter!
Summer means it’s finally time for two of our favorite activities: vacations and baseball. And if you still haven’t decided on your summer destination, maybe it’s time to combine the two by visiting some of the top MLB ballparks with your crew. Because there’s nothing quite like being in the stands, hot dog in hand, and hearing the craaaaack of a triple. Especially when it’s your team.
So grab a cheap flight and pick one, two, or all of our favorite MLB ballparks for an All-American summer vacation experience!
Citi Field (New York Mets)
Think MLB snacks means nachos covered in bright-yellow cheese? Think again, because Citi Field is here to prove you wrong. The food options at Citi Field are beyond mouth-watering. Shake Shack, El Verano Taqueria, and Pat LaFrieda’s offer everything from steak sandwiches to brisket to rice balls. And if you’re really craving a traditional ballpark snack, Emmy Squared’s got you covered with pizza and burgers.
Beyond the food, Citi Field is a well-designed ballpark. Even in the middle of the city (oh hey, LaGuardia flights), they’ve managed to make it feel like an MLB oasis, with good views from almost every seat. And they’ve incorporated tributes to the Mets’ original home, Shea Stadium, with the retro blue and orange decor and classic Home Run Apple.
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Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
Those Boston teams – you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em! But it’s a different story when it comes to the actual stadium. Fenway Park is nothing short of spectacular. From the moment you sit down in the cramped wooden seats to the minute you stand up for “Sweet Caroline,” you can feel the history of the park surrounding you.
The oldest active major league baseball park is full of traditions. It’s outfield wall, known as the Green Monster, has been a 310-foot challenge to players for decades.
And then there’s The Seat. The lone red seat in Fenway’s bleachers marks the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park, a 502-footer by Ted Williams in 1946. Because like we said, Fenway = traditions.
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Oracle Park (San Francisco Giants)
At what other ballpark can you see a homerun splash into the bay? Don’t try to answer that… Oracle Park is one of a kind, right down to fans on kayaks trying to catch those homers.
Day or night, the views are one of the main draws of this ballpark (#sorrynotsorry Giants fans). The designers of this ballpark obviously knew what they were doing. From the grandstand, you’ll get gorgeous views of SF Bay, and from the outfield you’ll be looking out at the city skyline.
It’s also a super-accessible park, with more transit options than any other of the top MLB ballparks. You can arrive via car, bike, boat, ferry, bus, or train.
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Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
The second oldest ballpark, Wrigley Field has something for everyone: a private club for high rollers, the outfield for socializers, and the grandstands for everyone else. And not a lot of ballparks can top the charm of Wrigley’s iconic ivy or manual scoreboard.
But Wrigley wouldn’t be Wrigley without its Bleacher Creatures: arguably the most die-hard fans in all baseballdom. From chants of “throw it back” to standing up and cheering on a 3-2 with 2 outs in the 9th, Cubs fans are without a doubt the loudest fans in the entire MLB.
Pro Tip: If you’re in town for two games, catch one at Wrigley and one on a… rooftop. Yes, a rooftop. The buildings overlooking the outfield host some of the best viewing parties in town.
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