Baseball kicks off the new season with opening day Monday, so we at TripAdvisor have stepped up to the plate to name the 10 U.S. ballparks that really hit a home run with visitors. From classics like Fenway and Wrigley to the big league’s modern favorites such as PNC Park and Camden Yards, TripAdvisor travelers love taking in a game at these amazing spots.
1. PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 1,401 reviews)
Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, this ballpark offers stunning views of the Steel City skyline, the Allegheny River, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans can chow down on local fare including potato pirogues and Primanti Brothers sandwiches stuffed with French fries and coleslaw.
2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 1,212 reviews)
Opened in 1992, Camden Yards ushered in a new era of baseball stadiums with its retro design boasting a brick exterior and asymmetrical playing field. Visiting fans can also make a stop at Babe Ruth’s birthplace, which is located just two blocks from the park. “The downtown location is convenient, and the old-time appearance and ambiance is second to none.”
3. AT&T Park, San Francisco, California (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 1,618 reviews)
Travelers can enjoy more than extra innings and fantastic game day grub at this ballpark by the bay. Open year-round, the Fan Lot allows guests to experience what it’s like to run the bases and also boasts a 26-foot tall baseball mitt sculpture.
4. Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 3,395 reviews)
Home to Boston’s beloved team since 1912, visitors to America’s oldest ballpark can take in the action and intimate setting while enjoying famed Fenway franks. Tours of the stadium give fans an up-close look at its many unique features including the legendary Green Monster left field wall and the lone red seat where Ted Williams hit the park’s longest home run.
5. Busch Stadium, Saint Louis, Missouri (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 967 reviews)
Often referred to as “New Busch Stadium,” this retro-style ballpark opened in 2006 and features panoramic views of the city skyline including the iconic Gateway Arch. New for the 2014 season, visitors can check out Ballpark Village, a 100,000 square-foot entertainment complex featuring the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum and sports bar.
6. Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 862 reviews)
Located in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District, this ballpark can accommodate nearly 40,000 fans and has been home to the Minnesota Twins since 2010. In center field, travelers will recognize the “Shaking Hands” sign featuring Minnie and Paul which illuminates when the “Twinkies” hit a homer.
7. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 394 reviews)
Celebrating its 42nd season this year, Kauffman Stadium features state-of-the-art technology and its left-field area is home to The Hall of Fame which boasts exciting and interactive exhibits, perfect for those with children.
8. Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 2,158 reviews)
Built in 1914, this Windy City ballpark is best known for its ivy-covered outfield wall, hand-turned scoreboard and baseball’s most renowned rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by the crowd in the 7th inning stretch. “The Friendly Confines” celebrates its 100th season in 2014.
9. Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 669 reviews)
Located in downtown Detroit, baseball fans will marvel at all this stadium has to offer. Children will enjoy the “Liquid Fireworks” display in center field which synchronizes music to its spraying fountains, and those craving game day fare can choose from a variety of goodies at the Brushfire Grill or the Big Cat food court.
10. Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington (4.5/5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, 1,017 reviews)
Safeco Field, opened in 1999, offers magnificent views of the Seattle skyline and vivid sunsets over Puget Sound, a wide variety of culinary delights from sushi to garlic fries, and even features unique art displays throughout the park.
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