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Minor League, Major Fun: Iowa Baseball Road Trip

May 1, 2018

Minor League, Major Fun: Iowa Baseball Road Trip

Fresh-cut grass. Ballpark franks. The crack of the bat. There’s really nothing better than a day at the ballpark, is there? Enjoy America’s favorite pastime with these teams and attractions across Iowa.

Iowa Cubs

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Principal Park, Des Moines

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Chicago Cubs

FORMER ALL-STARS: Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Kerry Wood, Mark Prior - the list goes on. It's also where injured Cubs come to get themselves back into shape before returning to Chicago.

DID YOU KNOW? With the sparkling gold dome of the Iowa Capitol just off in the distance, this might be the best view in baseball.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Veterans Stadium, Cedar Rapids

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Minnesota Twins

DID YOU KNOW? Themed promotions mark the halfway point to winter holidays, including Halfway to Halloween in which costumed kids can scramble on to the field to collect candy dropped from a helicopter.

Quad Cities River Bandits

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Houston Astros

DID YOU KNOW? The field includes a carousel, a Ferris wheel and a 300-foot zipline running from behind first base to just outside the left field corner of the park.

Burlington Bees

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Community Field, Burlington

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Los Angeles Angels

FORMER ALL-STARS: Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Paul Molitor; several mid-1980s Oakland A's players

DID YOU KNOW? It's the self-proclaimed "most affordable night out" in baseball. A family of four can attend a game, get hot dogs, soft drinks and a program for less than $50.

Clinton Lumberkings

Photo Courtesy Clinton Lumberkings Facebook

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Ashford University Field, Clinton

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Seattle Mariners

FORMER ALL-STARS: More than 200 Major League players started their careers here.

DID YOU KNOW? Want a big-time promotion? Here's your chance. The Lumberkings do everything from big-screen TV giveaways to fireworks and nightly food specials.

Sioux City Explorers

Photo Courtesy Sioux City Explorers Facebook

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Lewis & Clark Park, Sioux City

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Part of the independent American Association

DID YOU KNOW? A fan favorite contest is "Dance for your Dinner," where fans are selected from the stands to go down to the field and dance for free food.

Waterloo Bucks

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Riverfront Stadium, Waterloo

BIG LEAGUE AFFILIATE: Members of the Northwoods League

DID YOU KNOW? After every Bucks home game, kids (and adults!) can come down to the field to run the bases and get autographs from the Bucks players.

Clarinda A's

Photo Courtesy Clarinda A's Facebook

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Clarinda Municipal Stadium - Eberly Field, Clarinda

FORMER ALL-STARS: Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Von Hayes

DID YOU KNOW? Amateur players have been getting their start in Clarinda for more than 60 years.

Field Of Dreams Movie Site

You can't talk about baseball in Iowa without mentioning the Field of Dreams Movie Site near Dyersville. The classic movie was filmed more than 20 years ago, but visitors flock to the field each year. Bring a ball and glove and play a game of catch with your kids or just run the bases. Visit on a Ghost Player Sunday when costumed actors play a game. New in 2017, the first floor of the home filmed in the movie has been opened as a museum. Tours must be booked in advance. If you build it, they will come.

Iowa Baseball Museum

In 2006, The Final Season was filmed in Norway, Iowa, telling the story of the Norway baseball team’s 20th and final state high school baseball championship title. Watch the movie, then discover the story behind the film at the Iowa Baseball Museum.

This content was republished from Travel Iowa. Access the original content here.

 

 

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