Is there anything that says spring more than watching America’s favorite pastime? Luckily, there are 5 baseball teams in NJ playing at stadiums around the state where you can catch a game on opening day in April or all season long. And heading to 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 cheaper price). Ready to batter up? Read on about the 5 NJ stadiums to see the pro and minor leagues, and take the family out to a ballgame this season (featured photo credit: Jersey Shore BlueClaws).
Where to go to see baseball teams in NJ
Yogi Berra Stadium
Home to one of the professional baseball teams in NJ, the New Jersey Jackals, this team is part of 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. Check out their game-day promotions, including giveaways, firework 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.
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. Like the New Jersey Jackals, the Sussex County Miners are also part of the Frontier League, and they too have post-game firework shows after every Saturday home game. If your kiddos are 12 years old or younger, sign them up for the Miners Kids Club. They’ll get game-day vouchers, a club T-shirt, various discounts, and more.
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, 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.
1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, NJ 08611
Which is your favorite stadium to watch baseball teams in NJ? Let us know!
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