Take Me Out to the Ballpark: Top Ten Baseball Stadiums - Page 2
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7. Petco Park, San Diego
The San Diego Padres play in Petco Park, located in the city's Gas Lamp Quarter. The architecture of Petco makes it one of Mock's favorites, and he says its construction helped revitalize the area, attracting "lots of funky restaurants and shops." Apart from the park, San Diego is full of things to see and do. Home to perhaps the most famous zoo in the country, it also has the Wild Animal Park, which gives exotic animals the space to live in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Of course, when you're in San Diego, there's plenty of natural beauty to absorb. Lay back and enjoy the more than 70 miles of beaches, or, for sightseeing and active trips, head toward the Anza Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains. Head south to the Mexican border and you'll find an abundance of Mexican architecture, food, and culture. If you have kids, be sure to make a day of Sea World or Legoland California.
San Diego Travel Guide
6. Turner Field, Atlanta
Turner Field, the Home of the Braves, was built in 1997 by media mogul Ted Turner and is one of Mock's favorite places to take photographs: "From the upper deck you have a view of the Olympic Torch and the skyline." It is, he contends, "the most underrated ballpark," offering lots to do—especially for children—including an arcade area called Scouts Alley, and The Braves' Museum. Of course, Atlanta itself is full of Southern history. Oakland Cemetery, the Cyclorama in nearby Grant Park, and the Atlanta History Center will transport visitors back to the Civil War. Remember assassinated Civil Rights leader and Atlanta native, Martin Luther King, Jr. by visiting his birth home and the place where he preached, The Ebenezer Baptist Church, in the historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. His Nobel Peace Prize is on display at The King Center.
Atlanta Travel Guide
5. Coors Field, Denver
Coors Field is one of the nicest parks in the country. Not only does it offer fantastic views, but because of the use of brick and its unique entryways, Coors Field "has the most spectacular exterior in all of baseball," according to Mock. It also offers cool features like its mile-high upper deck. The row of seats—which is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level—is painted purple. The ballpark, Mock says, also spurred some urban renewal in the surrounding area, bringing in cool restaurants and shops. If you like skiing and beer, Denver is the place for you. The city is home to the Coors brewery, and the nearby Winter Park Resort gives adventurers a break from city life.
Denver Travel Guide
4. Fenway Park, Boston
Home of the "Bahsten" Red Sox, Fenway Park is wicked awesome and wicked old. Built in 1912, it's the granddaddy of them all. Bostonians are fiercely loyal to their park and would never hear of tearing it down in favor of something more modern. But that's what Mock loves about it. "The Red Sox have done tremendous things with Fenway," he says. Instead of building a new park, they built more seats: on the third base, first base, and right field roofs, and on the far left field wall, the legendary Green Monster. But because it's such an old park built along city blocks, Fenway has many obstructed views, especially down the right field line. But the view isn't exactly what Sox fans come to Fenway for; every game sells out. And much like its ballpark, Boston is historic and steeped in tradition. Walk the Freedom Trail and visit some of the key sites of the American Revolution. Shop 'til you drop on Newbury Street and Fanieul Hall. Boston also has fabulous museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science Boston, and the Isabella Gardener Stewart Museum. Kids will love the Boston Children's Museum and the New England Aquarium, considered one of the best in the country. If you have time, head south to Cape Cod and relax at the beach, New England style.
Boston Travel Guide