Every summer, the smell of pine and the crisp sound of baseballs hitting gloves fill the air. Our national pastime consumes our summer. Ever thought about planning a trip to see different Major or Minor League Ballparks? Whether taking the family on the road with your favorite team or going on a father and son ballpark tour, this can be a fun vacation!
Here are a few steps for planning a great trip!
2) Schedule. Having the list of ballparks, check the schedules of the teams that play there and see when they will be in town. Having some flexibility or planning ahead can make your life easier. This way you can find days when you can visit some, if not all, the ballparks you have selected. It will also help you plan out your trip and prepare for off days.
3) Tickets. Search for tickets, do not settle for the highest price. There are many places online where you can get official tickets, such as Stubhub. You may be able to find tickets here for a fraction of the cost and sometimes be able to buy pre-paid parking.
4) Sites. Plan out the sites you want to visit in addition to the ballpark. This way, when you are going to bed the night before you have an idea how much time you will need before the game to see all the sites.
5) Hotel. Once you know what ballparks and games you will be going to, selecting the hotel can be the next most important thing. To help limit driving distances and give you more time during the day before a game, finding a hotel that is in the direction of your next ballpark is the way to go. This will give you a head start the next day.
6) Research. All ballparks are not the same. Food is different, seats are different, fans are different. Find out about the ballpark you are visiting so that once you get there, you know what you want to see and what you want to eat. It’s also a good idea to research the parking situation to be prepared.
7) Weather. Check on the weather for the cities you are visiting. It may be summer, but some ballparks can be chilly at night. It will make your life easier to be prepared for what to expect and avoid having to spend a lot of money on an in-park purchase.
8) Book. Go book your trip!