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Baseball and Camping


- by Contributing Writer -


Cool Tears has actually posted about football and camping before. The two activities can make for an interesting combination, whether it means camping with fellow fans during a major game or event, camping in close proximity to a bowl game you have tickets to, or something as simple as bringing a ball to toss around during an outdoor excursion. But following up on these discussions, what about camping and America’s pastime?

We’re talking about baseball, which may not be quite as popular as it once was, but remains a quintessentially American game, an iconic form of recreation in warm weather, and something plenty of people with an appetite for the outdoors undoubtedly appreciate.

As it happens, we came up with several reasons to link camping and baseball, and specifically to consider a summer camping tour roving from one American ballpark to the next!


First and foremost, it must be noted that the summer ballpark tour is already a tried-and-true tradition. It’s something people do for all kinds of occasions, from a summer road trip with college friends to a first vacation after retirement. You an find suggestions for strategic routes from city to city, lists of the best stadiums to visit if you can only make it to a few, and even recaps and accounts from people who have done the full, nationwide tour. Granted, most people aren’t doing it all via camping excursions, but the ballpark aspect of the experience is established, with plenty of blueprints out there for you to follow.


The real beauty of a trip like this isn’t just moving from city to city either, or the act of getting out on the road. One reason ballpark tours are popular is that each stadium is so different from the last. Arguably more than in any other sport, baseball’s stadiums are unique. This is in part due to the fact that the actual dimensions of the field are not fixed, meaning each team can have a slightly different design, and the stadium around it can be built accordingly. And when you factor in a heavy focus on concessions (now often including cities’ local favorites), occasional family attractions on the concourses, and the actual architecture of the stadiums, you really do get a different experience at each stop.