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05/19/2014 08:24 am ET Updated Jul 19, 2014

10 Iconic Baseball Stadiums To Visit This Season

Nothing represents a classic American summer day quite like enjoying a sunny, late-afternoon baseball game with a hot dog in hand. Teams may have their ups and downs each season, but these iconic stadiums make a trip to the ballpark a memorable experience year after year--even if the action on the field is forgettable. Whether you're an avid baseball enthusiast or just a casual fan, here are 10 of the best parks where you can enjoy America's greatest pastime.-- Abbey Chase

  • Wrigley Field, Chicago
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    Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the iconic Windy City ballpark is home to the Cubs, the oldest active American professional sports team to stay in its city of origin. Squeezed between the L tracks, townhouses, and four of Chicago's major streets, Wrigley Field is a throwback stadium smack in the middle of the city—the park was the last in the league to install lights (in 1988) and still does not have a Jumbotron. Wrigley has been the site of some of the most infamous instances in baseball history, including the 2003 Steve Bartman incident and the yet-unbroken Curse of the Billy Goat. Chicago's most beloved (and perennially underachieving) team may not have won a World Series in more than 100 years or a National Pennant since 1945, but the Wrigleyville neighborhood is a great place to hang out after the game and enjoy a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants steps from the park's entrance. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Chicago Guide
  • Fenway Park, Boston
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    Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the MLB and what it lacks in modern amenities, it makes up for tenfold with character and charm. Another urban stadium, Fenway is a short jaunt from central Boston and home to one of the most unique experiences in baseball, notably the playing of "Sweet Caroline" during the seventh-inning stretch. Similar to Wrigley Field, Fenway Park is boxed in on all sides by the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, a must-see area for any fan. The Park's unique features, including the oddly shaped center field, unusually short right field foul line, and, of course, the famous Green Monster in left field all make Fenway not only a great place to watch the game, but also an American landmark. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, Fenway has been home to the Red Sox, eight-time World Series champions, since 1912. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Boston Guide
  • Camden Yards, Baltimore
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    Though just over 20 years old, Oriole Park at Camden Yards perfectly captures the retro charm of older ballparks with a modern flare. Built on what was once the Ohio Railroad's Camden Station, the stadium incorporated an old B&O warehouse into its design, which still lines right field. Though new buildings have somewhat obscured the view, the park is positioned perfectly so fans can watch the game with the Baltimore skyline rising above the outfield. Feeling hungry midway through the game? Head over to Boog's Barbecue, owned by former Orioles first baseman John "Boog" Powell, for a signature sandwich or plate of ribs. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Baltimore Guide
  • Yankee Stadium, New York City
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    Now just over five years old, the new Yankee Stadium, located across the street from its old namesake, acts as a tribute to the most decorated team in the sport. While admittedly it is not the House That Ruth Built, this new limestone, granite, and concrete behemoth doffs its cap to the team's illustrious history, featuring a replica of the frieze from the former stadium and the Great Hall, a massive hallway with a seven-story ceiling and a collection of over 2,000 photographs depicting Yankees' history. Also check out the New York Yankees Museum, bursting with the team's memorabilia and hundreds of signed baseballs. Yankee Stadium also hosts concerts during the summer and has been the site of four soccer matches featuring top European teams. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide
  • AT&T Park, San Francisco
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    Home to the Giants since 2000, AT&T Park is one of the most picturesque in all of baseball, featuring sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay just beyond right field. The smartly-designed stadium features low-rising seats in this part of the park, making the gorgeous view that much more accessible to fans. With a location so close to the water, some fans watch the game from boats in hopes of catching a home run in the bay. AT&T Park is also known for having some of the best food in the MLB (try Orlando's Caribbean BBQ or Mijita). If you're headed to the game with kids, check out the 56-foot Coca Cola Superslides behind the left field bleachers. As a nod to more traditional stadiums, the Park features a manually operated scoreboard displaying scores from other MLB games in addition to the Jumbotron. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's San Francisco Guide
  • PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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    The hallmark feature of PNC Park is its intimacy, with the furthest seat in the house not even 90 feet from the field. An extensive out-of-town scoreboard and tilted seats that bring fans even closer to the action make this park a can't-miss experience for any baseball fan. The Pirates may not always put on an impressive display, but thanks to the Great Pierogi Race, a race featuring four food-themed mascots between innings, at least some of the action will have fans on the edges of their seats. In honor of the great Roberto Clemente, the right field wall stands at 21 feet; Clemente wore the now-retired No. 21 jersey for 18 years for the Pirates and was a member of two World Series teams—the Pirates have only won one championship since he retired. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Pittsburgh Guide
  • Busch Stadium, St. Louis
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    Built in 2006 in the retro-classic style, Busch Stadium features an open design, allowing for a panoramic view of the St. Louis skyline, with the Gateway Arch rising over center field. Perfectly coordinated with the Cardinals, the park is awash in red, making any game on a sunny day an eye-popping spectacle. The Cardinals gave their new park a fitting welcome, winning the World Series there during Busch Stadium's first season in 2006. Before or after the game, head over to Ballpark Village, built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium, to explore the still-in-development residential and entertainment area; the first phase was completed in March. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's St. Louis Guide
  • Coors Field, Denver
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    While the Rockies don’t often give Denver fans something to cheer about, making just three postseason appearances in 20 seasons, their retro-classic downtown ballpark does. Opened in 1995, Coors Field has become one of Denver's most popular summertime hang-outs. Because the stadium is at 5,280 feet, balls will fly faster than at sea level, making it a little easier for fans to snag a pop fly or a homerun ball to take home. A massive scoreboard over left field makes Coors Field a modern baseball-viewing experience, while water features and pine trees behind the center field wall give the park a distinctly Colorado feel. Coors also has its own Blue Moon microbrewery and the cheapest seats are less than $5. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Denver Guide
  • Safeco Field, Seattle
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    Like many stadiums on our list, Safeco Field is greatly enhanced by the views, in this case of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline just past the outfield. The simply designed stadium is a baseball fan's dream, offering unobstructed views from nearly every seat in the park. The Bullpen Market in left field, modeled after Pike Place Market, adds local flavor, and be sure to get a picture with the team's mascot, Mariner Moose, before you leave. A retractable roof also means fans will never miss a moment of the action due to bad weather. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Seattle Guide
  • Miller Park, Milwaukee
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    Home of the Brewers since 2001, Miller Park is the perfect place for no-fuss baseball fans looking to enjoy the game with a bratwurst in hand. Every home run at Miller Park is an event, with the team's mascot, Bernie Brewer, jumping down the yellow slide in left-field each time. Also with a retractable roof, Milwaukee fans won't need to brave bad conditions during blustery late-fall games. Large glass panes allow natural light to fill the stadium even when the roof is closed. Join in the fun during the seventh-inning stretch when Miller Park plays "Roll out the Barrel" in honor of Milwaukee's illustrious beer-making history, in addition to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Milwaukee Guide

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