These Midwestern stadiums are some of the best baseball destinations in the country.
By Emily Wolfe
Any baseball fan knows that sometimes a beautiful stadium can make up for a lackluster ballgame—and living in the Midwest means having access to some of the most beautiful parks in Major League Baseball.
These MLB parks in the AL and NL Central divisions are some of the best baseball destinations in the country. If you’re a Midwestern baseball fan looking to cross another ballpark off your bucket list, odds are one of the stadiums below is in driving distance.
The second-oldest baseball park in the MLB, the Cubs’ century-old park is famous for its ivy-covered outfield wall. Known by Chicagoans as “the Friendly Confines,” Wrigley is also set apart by its hand-turned scoreboard.
The stadium is iconic for a reason, but tickets at Wrigley are guaranteed to be more expensive, so plan your budget accordingly. And of course, Chicago holds tons of non-baseball activities for visitors as well—read our guide to the city here.
The easternmost stadium in either Central division, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park offers some of the best views in baseball—you might hear the joke that the view makes up for the lackluster baseball taking place on the field. Luckily, that means tickets at PNC are on the cheaper end of the scale, and Pittsburgh has lots going on to fill the rest of your day.
Great American Ball Park
The gorgeous riverfront stadium is an iconic part of Cincinnati’s downtown landscape—and Cincinnati’s famous Skyline chili is available at multiple locations within the park. Adjacent to the ballpark, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is also worth a visit.
The Kansas City Royals have been one of the worst teams in the MLB several years running, but their stadium remains a beautiful place to watch a game of baseball. Kauffman Stadium—often just called the “K”—is cited alongside Dodger Stadium as one of the best examples of modernist stadium design.
Busch Stadium is set apart by its view of the Gateway Arch. The Cardinals’ passionate fanbase means that the stadium has one of the highest attendance records in the MLB, so any game you attend is guaranteed to have a high-energy crowd.
Once ranked the top baseball stadium experience in America by ESPN, Target Field is the most urban ballpark in the MLB. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, Target Field offers great views of the city along with Twins baseball.