06/18/2012 07:56 am ET Updated Aug 18, 2012

A Summer Road Trip To America's Great Baseball Stadiums (PHOTOS)

The best ballparks play to their particular strengths, whether it's an easily accessible location with skyline views, exhibitions honoring bygone greats, or craft beers served by fire pits overlooking left field. Some classics like Fenway Park, which celebrates 100 years in 2012 and still has hand-operated scoreboards, keep baseball's history alive, while others have introduced decidedly modern features like the synchronized music and light show that follows every home run at Detroit's Comerica Park.

Kids can unleash their inner baseball star via MLB 2K12 consoles at Target field in Minneapolis or tackle the Coca-Cola Superslide that stands 465 feet from home plate at San Francisco's waterfront AT&T Park. Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy wines sourced from nearby Napa Valley and paired with Dungeness crab sandwiches.

The fun may not always be old-fashioned these days, but it's still part of the all-American tradition of a day out at the ball game. As Walt Whitman put it: "Baseball has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere. It is the place where memory gathers." So take yourself out to one of the best baseball stadiums and start building those memories. --Yelena Moroz, See America's Best Baseball Stadiums

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