5 Must-visit Ballparks

Pros and Cons of Cutting Cable TVBaseball is still America’s Pastime, but you don’t have to be a big fan to enjoy a day out at the ballpark. An afternoon in the sunshine with a snack and the sights and sounds of a baseball game will put you in touch with the good old days.

Check out these five great ballparks for a classic experience that will make you glad someone took you out to the ballgame:

1. Camden Yards, Baltimore
Camden Yards looks old, but it was built in 1992 and is largely responsible for ushering in a retro-cool era of design in baseball — and perhaps the country. By contrast, the food is modern and appeals to all tastes, with everything from gourmet hot dogs to classic Maryland crab cakes.

2. Fenway Park, Boston
Fenway Park is America’s oldest ballpark. It was built in 1912 and has been filled with passionate Red Sox fans ever since. It’s an intimate, old-fashioned place, but modern fans also enjoy high-end meals on the concourse. Arrive early to stroll Yawkey Way before the game.

3. Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Cubs finally ended their 100+ year World Series drought, so expect the Friendly Confines (Wrigley Field's nickname) to be even more pleasant now that the heartbreak is over. No trip to Wrigleyville is complete without a loaded Chicago Dog covered in peppers, onions, tomato, pickles, mustard and relish.

4. Citi Field, New York
Though often overshadowed by their crosstown rivals, the Mets have arguably the better baseball stadium in New York. Citi Field is modeled after Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; there’s not a bad seat in the house – thanks to carefully designed sight lines. Be sure to allow enough time to explore the Jackie Robinson Rotunda to learn about the man who broke baseball’s color barrier.

5. Nationals Park, Washington, DC
The Nationals are relative newcomers, having moved to DC from Montreal in 2005, but fans here are passionate about their hometown team. Nationals Park is the first "green" stadium in the country, and spectators are encouraged to use the Metro or take advantage of valet bicycle parking to be even more environmentally friendly.

No matter where you choose to take in a game this summer, be sure to take a walk around the concourse to get a sense of the history and local flavor at your nearest ballpark. The sights and sounds of the game await!