Take Me Out to the Ballgame: MLB Deals for Travelers & Locals
Summer is upon us, and families from coast to coast are hitting the road to take advantage of Travelzoo’s vacation deals. Few things define summer across America like a sunny afternoon at a baseball stadium. The crack of the bat, the shimmer of freshly cut grass, the smell of peanuts and the taste of a perfectly grilled hot dog all speak to our collective cultural identity.
Catching a game while traveling can be a great way to try local cuisine and capture the essence of a city. So whether you’re snapping photos of the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, or somewhere in between, be sure to check out a game and soak in the atmosphere at one of these stadiums across the country:
New York Mets – Citi Field
New York is known as one of the best food cities in the world, and Citi Field does not disappoint. Located in Queens on the same site as the former Shea Stadium and a short walk from the U.S. Open tennis venue, foodies will be right at home here. The ballpark features food from Pat LaFrieda Chop House, Shake Shack, and Rao’s Specialty Foods. Plus, the stadium just got a grilled cheese stand from chef Josh Capon.
Exclusive Deal: Tickets start at $11; Field Level seats with food are $45-$65 (reg. $69.50-$86.50). Games through June 14.
New York Yankees – Yankee Stadium
Big, beautiful and impressive (just like New York City), this massive stadium is 500,000 square feet larger than the old Yankee Stadium. No visit would be complete without seeing the Yankee Museum (on the stadium’s second level and free to ticketholders on game days), which pays tribute to the most storied franchise in baseball. Artifacts include Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s uniform and Mickey Mantle’s cap, plus the jersey Derek Jeter wore when he achieved his 3,000th hit.
Exclusive Deal: Tickets are up to 50% off; choose from five games through June 22, including Father’s Day.
Pittsburgh Pirates – PNC Park
Don’t pass up the chance to catch a game at the stadium ESPN and Fox Sports dubbed the best ballpark in Major League Baseball — PNC Park. ESPN goes one step further heaping on praise, saying “this is the perfect blend of location, history, design, comfort and baseball.” Walk to the park across the Roberto Clemente Bridge (closed to vehicle traffic on game days).
Exclusive Deal: Tickets start at $11 for a matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on June 10.
Washington Nationals – Nationals Park
Nationals Park boasts some of the best ballpark eats in the country, including small-scale versions of cult favorites like Shake Shack (“one of the best meals in the park” according to the Washingtonian) and Ben’s Chili Bowl. And new in 2015, check out this fan freebie alert: fans will receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich after each save recorded by a National pitcher at Nationals Park. But don’t get stuck in line for food during the fourth inning, when five presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt & Taft — “race” for glory. Roosevelt’s inability to win for seven years spawned a viral fan campaign #LetTeddyWin.
Exclusive Deal: Choose from three upcoming games through June 23; tickets start at $11.
Milwaukee Brewers – Miller Park
Trust us — Brewers fans know how to tailgate. Miller Park has been called “a tailgating mecca” and “the biggest public party in baseball” by Fox Sports. The atmosphere outside the stadium is just as great as the atmosphere inside, so arrive early and do what the locals do: eat brats, drink beer and talk baseball. With a craft beer in one hand and a brat with “Secret Stadium Sauce” in the other, you’ll be set for the afternoon.
Exclusive Deal: Save $20 on premium tickets that include a full buffet, two beers and private bar access. Select games through Aug. 4.
San Francisco Giants – AT&T Park
Nestled along the waterfront, AT&T Park sports breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Bay, and Hall of Fame columnist Peter Gammons called it “the best fan’s ballpark … the views from the worst seats in the house still give you a view of the Bay Bridge and marina.” This progressive park features a social media cafe, wireless Internet and was named the most vegetarian-friendly MLB ballpark in the country. More traditional and California-centric food options abound, including garlic fries, Giants Dogs, grilled crab sandwiches, California wines and gourmet Mexican food. The excellence continues on to the field (or perhaps begins there), where the Giants have won three World Series in the past five years.
Exclusive Deal: Tickets start at $8 for matchups through June 28 against National League teams, including a bobblehead giveaway and fireworks night.