Spring baseball is heating up (hello, NJ native and Yankee rookie Anthony Volpe), and if your family is itching to get in on the action, you can without going across the state lines. Thanks to the 5 baseball teams in NJ playing at stadiums around the state, you can catch a pro ball game close to home. And watching a game at one of New Jersey’s major ballparks is like hitting the family outing homerun—with rising stars moving up the ranks (the teams are pipelines to the majors), stadium extras like food, luxury box suites, fireworks, and dedicated kid areas, going to one of these games rivals the big leagues (at a way more affordable price). Ready to batter up? Read on about the 5 NJ stadiums to see the pro and minor leagues, and if you are looking for more spring activities check out our activity guide. (featured photo credit: Jersey Shore BlueClaws).
Where to go to see baseball teams in NJ
Yogi Berra Stadium
Located on the Montclair State University campus, Yogi Berra is home to the New Jersey Jackals, one of the professional baseball teams in NJ in the Frontier League (a partner league of MLB, so you’ll be seeing up-and-coming players). Even if your kids are only mildly interested in the game, they’ll still have fun with game-day promotions, including giveaways, fireworks shows, and more. After the game, let your kiddos run around the kid zone, and for your budding baseball buffs, stop by the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, which celebrates Montclair’s most famous Yankee and the sport.
8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls, NJ 07424 (on the Montclair State University campus)
Skylands Stadium is home to another professional independent league baseball team in NJ—the Sussex County Miners. With a bunch of activities for adults and kids, like a food truck festival, a play area, an ice cream stand, and post-game firework shows on Saturdays, watching a game is a family affair. And make sure to check out their themed events, like Star Wars Night and Sundays, when kids’ tickets are discounted.
94 Championship Pl., Augusta, NJ 07822
Sure, fans love to see the minor league baseball team, the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, play, but kids will also love to take advantage of all the family-friendly extras at the stadium. They can test their skills on a shore-themed mini-golf course, win a plushie at one of the boardwalk games, or hop on an inflatable ride in Center Field. And later on, catch live music in the Biergarten.
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
TD Bank Ballpark
Watch a big-time game of the minor league baseball team, the Somerset Patriots, at this stadium they call home. Make sure to go during one of their promotional games, including ones with a post-game firework show, a baseball-themed bingo game, and various giveaways. There are even a handful of “Kids Run The Bases” events, where kiddos (and their families) can run the bases after the game and meet Somerset Patriots’ mascot Sparkee, the schnauzer.
860 E Main St., Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807
Arm & Hammer Park/Trenton Thunder Ballpark
Arm & Hammer Park is home to one of the minor league (collegiate summer) baseball teams in NJ, Trenton Thunder, and its mascot, Boomer the Blue Thunderbird. He’s been known to race kiddos across the field, sing “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating birthdays, and encourage fans to cheer loudly for Trenton Thunder. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for bat dog Rookie, who’s been known to make an appearance during the first inning.
1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, NJ 08611
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