Ball Park Roadies

There are plenty of amazing MLB parks within easy driving distance this summer

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Ball Park Roadies

Summer road trips and baseball go hand in hand as a part of the American experience. Fenway Park in Boston is one amazing park that is an easy overnight trip.

Summer road trips and baseball go hand in hand as a part of the American experience. Fenway Park in Boston is one amazing park that is an easy overnight trip.

John Harlow

Summer road trips and baseball go hand in hand as a part of the American experience. Fenway Park in Boston is one amazing park that is an easy overnight trip.

John Harlow

John Harlow

Summer road trips and baseball go hand in hand as a part of the American experience. Fenway Park in Boston is one amazing park that is an easy overnight trip.

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Summer is nearing and there aren’t many things better to do in the summer than baseball and road trips. There are many beautiful Major League ballparks within driving distance from Bellwood that are definitely worth going to.

Fenway Park

The Green Monster at Fenway Park has become a place for fans to enjoy one of the collest views in baseball, but it has always helped set the park off from the rest.

Jim Payne
The Green Monster at Fenway Park has become a place for fans to enjoy one of the coolest views in baseball, but it has always helped set the park off from the rest.

Home of the Boston Red Sox

Distance from Bellwood: 7 Hours and 11 Minutes

Fenway Park is perhaps the most historic park in the Majors. The Red Sox first played games here starting in 1912 and have played here ever since. The 37 foot tall left field wall, also known as the Green Monster, would be enough to make your trip worthwhile. However, if you need more incentive to make this journey, it would be to see Red Sox great David Ortiz play there one last time as he plans to retire at the seasons end.

PNC Park

The Clemente Wall at PNC Park stands 21 feet tal in honor of No. 21, Roberto Clemente.

Nick Cushion
The Clemente Wall at PNC Park stands 21 feet tall in honor of No. 21, Roberto Clemente.

Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Distance from Bellwood: 2 Hours and 3 Minutes

Built in 2001 PNC Park is one of the nicest ball parks in the Majors. In addition to the breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh seen from anywhere in the ball park, you would be able to see one of the best teams in the National League battling for their fourth consecutive post season berth.  The signature feature of this stadium is the Clemente Wall and view of downtown Pittsburgh. The Clemente wall is 21 feet high in honor of Roberto Clemente’s number.

PNC offers one of the best views of a city skyline in Major League Baseball, peering from the North Shore to the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Brian Igou
PNC offers one of the best views of a city skyline in Major League Baseball, peering from the North Shore to the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Nationals Park

Nationals Park brought baseball back to the nation's capitol.

Brad Maule
Nationals Park brought baseball back to the nation’s capitol.

Home of the Washington Nationals

Distance from Bellwood: 3 Hours

Located in Washington D.C., Nationals Park should be on the top of your list of parks to see this summer. The Nationals are an exciting team to watch and are led by 23-year old phenomenon and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. One great features of this ball park is the view of the Potomac, the Washington Monument and the Capital Building from the concourse.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Camden Yards in Baltimore saved baseball from the cookie-cutter ashtray stadium in the early 1990s, and it still stands as one of the most scenic parks in MLB.

Jessie Hanna
Camden Yards in Baltimore saved baseball from the cookie-cutter ashtray stadium in the early 1990s, and it still stands as one of the most scenic parks in MLB.

Home of the Baltimore Orioles

Distance from Bellwood: 2 Hours and 53 Minutes

The park is found in downtown Baltimore only a few blocks away from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Camden Yards opened in 1992 when the ball park started the trend in the Majors to build “retro” parks that have similar features to ball parks from the past. Camden Yards is widely recognized as one of the nicest parks to use this retro theme. One visual treat of this stadium is the B&O Warehouse. When the ball park was built, the question was posed whether or not the warehouse should be torn down. Needless to say, they kept it and an icon was created.

The B&O Warehouse beyond the right field wall is one of the defining features of Camden Yards.

Jessie Hanna
The B&O Warehouse beyond the right field wall is one of the defining features of Camden Yards.

Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia has in intriguing batter's eye that entices long ball hitters.

Brad Maule
Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia has in intriguing batter’s eye that entices long ball hitters.

Home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Distance from Bellwood: 3 Hours and 46 Minutes

Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 and is where the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. The ball park features natural grass and dirt playing field and also features a number of Philadelphia-style food stands, including several which serve cheese steaks, hoagies, and other regional specialties, like the Schmitter, named after Phillies Hal of Famer Mike Schmidt. What sets this ball park apart from the rest of them is the batters eye covered in ivy in center field, and the widest causeways with a view of the playing field in MLB.

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