As you walk down the street toward the ballpark, you can smell the hot dogs cooking, hear the kids running around excited, and feel the breeze coming off of the water. The recently finished Community Maritime Park is the new home to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a Double A team in the Southern League affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.
We love to go to baseball games when we travel all over the United States. Unfortunately, we have an uncanny knack of planning trips to cities that host baseball teams but the team is always out of town when we are there. When this is the case, we make sure we tour the stadium and get an up-close look. Spring training is another great (and less expensive) way to see your favorites play ball. Although seeing some of the greats play in a Major League game, I like the family friendly nature of Minor League games.
Family Friendly Minor League Baseball
Minor League games are reasonably priced. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos tickets start at $5 for General Admission and go up to $10 for stadium seats.
There are lots of family friendly activities. After the Sunday games, which are Family Fun days, children are invited to run the bases and play catch on the field. On Saturday nights, the games finish with an amazing fireworks show. The team mascot usually wanders around the park taking pictures and stopping to give children a high five. The Blue Wahoos sign autographs during Tuesday night games right behind home plate.
What to Bring
First and foremost, slather yourself and your children with sunscreen. Many minor league stadiums are smaller and the majority of the seats are out under the sun.
Check the stadium policies before bringing a stroller. Strollers are allowed at the Blue Wahoos stadium but they need to be compact enough to fit under your party’s seats.
You should also check the stadium policies for bringing your own food. Food is not allowed inside the Blue Wahoos stadium.
Bring cash with you. Many of the vendors accept credit cards but some do not.
If you are traveling to Pensacola this summer, be sure to purchase tickets for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. See my guide to family fun at a Blue Wahoos game. Be sure to purchase tickets soon; they are selling quickly! If you need a few other reasons to visit Pensacola, plan a day at the beach, watch the Blue Angels practice on the flight line behind the Naval Aviation Museum, and explore one of the many free things to do.
Jennifer Close calls Pensacola home. She writes about family travel at Two Kids and a Map and exploring Pensacola with your family at Pensacola with Kids.