Baseball is considered the national pastime, and for good reason: It doesn’t get more enjoyable than a trip to the ballpark with family or friends. If you’re looking to catch an upcoming ball game, but don't have a Fenway budget, you’re in luck, because New England is home to many great minor league venues. Be sure to consider some of the region’s top baseball destinations when planning your next sports-minded outing.
Pawtucket Red Sox (Rhode Island)
McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket is the smallest state’s biggest baseball attraction, and the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The stadium, built in 1946, has the distinction of having hosted the longest game in baseball history — a whopping 33 innings against the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. Keep an eye out for the team’s polar bear mascot, Paws, and take advantage of special activities for kids like base runs after every Sunday home game.
The Portland Sea Dogs (Maine)
Baseball fans in Portland flock to Hadlock Field to see their minor league home team, the Portland Sea Dogs. Kids love the team’s doggie mascot, Slugger, and the park is also a popular spot for visiting celebrities and public figures like Bill Parcells and former President George H.W. Bush. In left field, catch a glimpse of the Maine Monster, a 37-foot replica of the famous Green Monster from Boston’s Fenway Park.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (New Hampshire)
A popular spot for taking clients, family, friends or even a date, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is an award-winning baseball destination in Manchester, New Hampshire. Not only was the stadium named the state’s favorite family sporting event for two years running, but its Samuel Adams Bar and Grill is considered one of the best restaurants around.
New Britain Rock Cats (Connecticut)
New Britain, Connecticut, is home to New Britain Stadium, where the Rock Cats come out to play. Families with kids have plenty to look forward to at this local stadium this summer, with events like Family Fun Day, post-game fireworks, and even “Kids Eat Free” games. The ballpark raises awareness and funds for a different charity each month, so be sure to check out the Charity of the Month on their website.
The Lowell Spinners (Massachusetts)
As a Class-A Short Season Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Lowell Spinners receive a lot of support from their hometown of Lowell as well as the rest of the state. Located on the banks of the scenic Merrimack River, LeLacheur Park is a great place to root for your home team, and contains plenty of extra amenities for families with kids. The Swampland Kids Area, for example, is a huge play area featuring slides, a bounce house, prizes, an obstacle course and more.
No matter what part of New England you live in, the area is full of fun and exciting destinations for those looking to catch a baseball game. Whether you root for the Sea Dogs or the Paw Sox, check out some of the region’s top baseball stadiums the next time you’re planning an outing with family or friends.