Summer is here, and Major League Baseball’s 2016 season is nearing its halfway point. East coast travelers looking to add some of America’s pastime to their vacations should see a game at one of the region’s baseball stadiums. Here’s a short list of America’s favorite East Coast ballparks.
Located just a ten-minute drive from the Independent Collection’s Boxer Boston Hotel, Fenway Park is one of the league’s oldest parks at 114 years old. Surrounded by a bevvy of sports bars and a string of gardens in its eponymous neighborhood, the historic stadium hosts concerts and hockey games in addition to the Red Sox underneath the iconic giant wall in left field—The Green Monster.
Fenway Park: 4 Yawkey Way, 877.733.769
This modern park in Downtown Miami draws a lively following of fans with local offerings like Cuban sandwiches, a nightclub and two massive fish tanks behind home plate. Marlins Park opened in 2012 with a retractable roof to shield fans and players from the city’s infamous afternoon cloudbursts. A short drive from IC’s Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels in South Beach, it’s a convenient spot for travelers to enjoy some baseball.
Marlins Park: 501 Marlins Way, 305.480.1300
Just under ten years old, the new Yankee Stadium is a startling reimagining of the iconic House that Ruth Built. Next door, fans of the historic Yankees franchise can see the outline of the original playing field in Heritage Field, a park with baseball diamonds built over the old location. Just off the 4 Train in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium is an easy subway ride from our Duane Street Hotel.
Yankees Stadium: 1 E. 161st St., 718.293.4300
Citizens Bank Park
Home to the oldest continuous franchise in American sports and the wacky mascot known as the Phillie Phanatic, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, built in 2004, is a must-see when visiting the City of Brotherly Love. The park has skyline views, and is just a ten-minute walk from our Independent Hotel in Philadelphia.
Citizens Bank Park: 1 Citizens Bank Way, 215.463.1000
Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer are leading the Nationals to one of its best seasons in the franchise’s history, so this is the year to visit Nationals Park. Opened along the Anacostia River in 2008, National’s Park is an easy commute from all three Independent Collection properties in DC.
Nationals Park: 1500 S Capitol St. SE, 202.675.6287