7 Must-See Ballparks in America

Going to baseball games is a long-standing American tradition and since baseball is practically the only major league team sports that plays consistently in the summer months, it became a quintessential part of summer family fun. There are over 30 teams in major league baseball and every single one of them has their own stadium they call home, but these seven are the best ones to experience America’s favorite past time.

7 Best Ballparks in America

Yankee Stadium, New York

Best Ballparks in America: Yankee Retired Numbers, Monument Park
Yankee Retired Numbers, Monument Park: Photo by Wally Gobetz / CC 2.0

No other sports franchise in history is as decorated the New York Yankees and even though the old stadium where hundreds of memorable moment were made was demolished to pave way for this more up to date replica, it’s still deserves to be on your best ballparks in America list. Pay homage to Yankee greats whose numbers you’ll see immortalized in Monument Park and get your hands on a parm chicken parm sandwich while watching a game at Yankee Stadium.

Fenway Park, Boston

Best Ballparks in America: Fenway Park
Fenway Park: Photo Chrissy R / CC 2.0

Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox and is the oldest baseball stadium still in use by an active team. The stadium is just as iconic as the Old State House and is one of the most visited paid attractions in Boston. The atmosphere inside the ballpark is always great so if you can score a single game ticket when staying in Boston, don’t even think twice about going. Watch the homeruns go past the famed Green Monster and chow down on a classic Fenway frank. Just don’t ever wear a Yankee hat.

PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Best Ballparks in America: PNC Park in Pittsburgh
PNC Park in Pittsburgh

It’s tough to say whether any other ballpark can compete with the all around views that PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, offers. Every seat in the house has gorgeous views of downtown Pittsburgh and of Roberto Clemente Bridge thanks to its intimate design, limiting the ballpark to just two decks as opposed to three or four at other stadiums. The concessions are also top-notched with options like Cuban pretzel dog, Primanti Bros. sandwiches especially the Capicola ham and cheese with tomatoes, coleslaw, and French fries on white bread, and numerous local craft beers.

Camden Yards, Baltimore

Best Ballparks in America: Camden Yards in Baltimore
Camden Yards: Photo Doug Kerr / CC 2.0

Cheap tickets (except when the Yankees and the Red Sox are in town), great craft beer selection, and a pioneering retro design makes Camden Yards one of the best ballparks in America. The home of the Baltimore Orioles features a unique addition to its architecture, the B&O Warehouse; a classic 19th century brick building that now serves as offices for the team and its franchise. Another reason that makes Camden Yards a must-see is Eutaw Street. During game days, the street is closed off to vehicles and becomes an extension of the ballpark where you can watch the game and hear the excitement.

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Best Ballparks in America: Wrigley Field Outfield
Wrigley Field Outfield: Photo Wally Gobetz / CC 2.0

Despite the long title drought, Wrigley Field will always be filled with generations of fans that keep the faith alive for their beloved Chicago Cubs. This historic ballpark is the second oldest ballpark in America just behind Fenway Park. Its trademark ivy on the outfield walls and its manual-operating scoreboard certainly contributes to the great baseball ambiance that’s always apparent on any home game. Plus there’s no better place to eat a Chicago hotdog.

Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Best Ballparks in America: Busch Stadium, St Louis
Busch Stadium, St Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals is a history-laden franchise that’s second only to the New York Yankees in number of World Series titles. Busch Stadium is their home and is a favorite by many baseball players and commentators. What makes it one of the best ballparks in America is its open design, fantastic views of the famed Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ city skyline, and awesome food and drink selection. A couple of the new concession offerings this year include a breaded chicken waffle sandwich and an Oreo churro. Busch Stadium also has a large entertainment complex called Ballpark Village that features the Cardinal Hall of Fame Museum.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Best Ballparks in America: Gilroy Garlic Fries at AT&T Park
Gilroy Garlic Fries at AT&T Park: Photo Wally Gobetz / CC 2.0

The scent of Gilroy’s Garlic Fries, the throngs of kayakers awaiting a homerun ball on McCovey Cove, and the darling views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and downtown San Francisco from the cheap seats should be reasons enough to add AT&T Park on your best ballparks in America list. It’s really hard to compete with having the city of San Francisco as a backdrop and with awesome food and drinks to boot, it’s really a no contest.

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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