The MLB offers many astonishing ball parks throughout the league, and here on this list are my top 10 Family Friendly stadiums for you and your whole family to visit. And don’t worry, I have made sure that all of these parks have multiple large bathrooms, fun activities throughout the park and affordable tickets for the modern day family. Be sure to book your vacation time off now, and buy tickets for the fam as soon as possible and I promise that you wont be dissapointed.
10. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay tickets are among the cheapest tickets in the MLB and provide an awesome trip for the entire family. I personally attended a game in this stadium as a child and I have memories that still have not faded. There is a giant 10,000 gallon tank where kids can interact with live stingrays during the game, as well as being allowed to run the bases after the game on occasional family nights. Tropicana field is also only 85 miles from Orlando’s Disney world and Universal Studios so why not make a whole trip of it and see a ball game and visit the happiest place in the world.
9. Angels Stadium, Los Angeles Angels
Of course the Angels will have a kid friendly stadium because after all they’re owned by Disney Land! There are plenty of kid friendly activities in this ballpark including family zone, halo toss, kids area and a speed pitch to help contain the kids all afternoon long.
8. Petco Park, San Diego Padres
This Park is the perfect family friendly ballpark, from the captivating views of the surrounding ocean, the iconic three porch restaurant in left field, and the beautiful pavilion, it has been known as one of the nicest parks since its entrance into the league. Perhaps the most family friendly aspect about the park is how close it is to so many other fantastic family friendly places such as Balboa Park, Legoland, the world famous San Diego zoo, or plenty of vast beaches to enjoy the rest of your day at.
7. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros
The Houston Astros are home to their memorable “Family Sundays” which include a kids fun zone with plenty of inflatables, games, a giant slide and a giant ball pit. There are video games including Wii and MLB 2K Sports, face painters, and plenty of balloon artists. If that isn’t enough fun there will be plenty of photo opportunities with all of the Astros mascots and even a chance for kids to run the bases after the game. When creating the stadium the Astros kept all of this in mind and made sure to include plenty of washrooms on each level to insure that when the kids need to use the washroom, you won’t have to miss 3 innings waiting in line.
6. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers
The Tigers home park has many things that no other MLB park has, however perhaps the largest signature item is their Ferris wheel and carousel that kids are allowed to ride before Tigers games. If your child is older and beginning to get into his teen years Commerica also has a spot for you in their “Walk of Fame” that chronicles the team’s history, and sculptures devoted to Detroit’s greatest ballplayers.
5. Busch Stadium, StLouis Cardinals
The experience at Busch stadium gives a retro vibe unlike any other stadium in the MLB. This beautiful, family-friendly venue is in the heart of downtown and walking distance from the Gateway Arch (visible from throughout the park). Before the game begins be sure to take in the view 630ft above the playing field by looking out at the field from the top of the Gateway Arch. While in the pavillion in between innings or during a replay review be sure to check out the Build a Bear Workshop that allows kids to customize their own version of FireBird the Cardinals mascot.
4. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park is arguably a hidden gem among big league parks. Although Pittsburgh is not known for beauty and elegance, PNC Park showcases both in the same spot. Built along the shore of a river PNC Park is breath taking both day and night, the Roberto Clemente Bridge lurks in the background and matches the color scheme of the Pirates which is an additional pleasing effect. No fan has a bad seat in this stadium as all seats are less than 88 feet above the playing field to insure you stay in the action throughout the entire game. Children ages 5-10 can get their energy out behind right field in the Kids Play Land, and before Sunday home games, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., nearby Federal Street turns into the Kids Fun Zone with numerous games and activities for those 14-and-under. The Pirates are also the team who gives away the most swag to their younger fans so be sure to check their season promotional schedules to attend a game where your young fan can receive free Pirates merch.
3. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are home to the Phillie Phanatic who is the most legendary mascot in the game. Be sure to snap a pic or a selfie with him and show it off to all your friends back home. In addition to their awesome mascot the Phillies also added lots of new cool events for your young family, there is the Phanatic Shoe Slide and Rock Climbing wall, the Phanatic Phun Zone, Phan Photo booth and Phan Trivia. If you attend a game in Phillie I can guarantee you will be leaving the ballpark with a smile on your face whether the Phillies win or lose.
2. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers
Starting with the iconic racing sausages the Brewers have lots of MLB history and Bernie the Brewer (Their team mascot) has been around to witness it all. To recognize Bernies contribution the the team the Brewers rewarded Bernie with multiple attractions around the ballpark named after him: Bernie’s clubhouse, Bernie’s dugout and slide and Bernie’s dugout kids slide. If this wasn’t enough the Brewers also hold homerun challenges and races to first base to potentially scout any future Brewers
1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park takes home #1 seed on the list and its for a good reason. Many people in the baseball world consider AT&T the most beautiful field in the league and I would have to agree, with McCovey Cove glistening behind the outfield wall of the stadium it makes for one of the most iconic pictures in all of baseball. The Giants are also one of the most child friendly ballparks in the league, the Giants have a Fan Lot where kids can sit in a giant baseball glove, zoom down four superslides, and take a shot against the pitching machine (or human hurler) in a 50-by-50-foot replica of the ballpark. As well as being allowed to run the bases of the actual field after most Sunday games. The Giants have also made additions of new technology to the park including multiple kiosks of playstations around the park just for your child!