By Derrick Zimmerman
Grab some friends, buckle up and enjoy the ride on this conveniently diamond-shaped road trip tour of Wisconsin baseball stadiums. You’ll see up-and-coming prospects all the way up to some of the best players in the majors. Play ball!
Start your trip around the bases at Pohlman Field in Beloit, home to Oakland A’s Class-A affiliate Beloit Snappers, where you’ll see future big-leaguers aplenty. Pohlman is a superb venue to bring the family, with a playground and games for kids, party decks for the adults, and contests and entertainment between innings. Notable Snappers alumni include Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza and Rickie Weeks.
Eat Here: The Rock Bar and Grill is located right on the banks of the Rock River. Enjoy a delicious classic Wisconsin meal while relaxing with a drink at their tiki bar with a beautiful view of the Rock River.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the collegiate summer Northwoods League, dedicated to developing young players while providing a great family atmosphere. Visitors to the “Duck Pond” at Warner Park can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including a bounce house and playground for kids. For a truly unique experience, watch the game from the Duck Blind, a party deck with unlimited food, soda and beer.
Eat Here: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ has been serving up award-winning barbecue in Madison for nearly 40 years. Cooked in a wood-burning pit, this authentic barbecue has won prestigious national awards and is just a short drive away from Warner Park.
Miller Park’s retractable roof means that even on the rainiest days, you’ll stay dry! There’s plenty of excitement inside this Major League Baseball stadium. Anytime the Brewers hit a home run, the team’s beloved mascot, Bernie Brewer, takes a trip down the slide. The sixth inning features the famous Klement’s Racing Sausage Race, and the seventh features the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Roll Out the Barrel.” With lots of delicious food to eat, songs to sing and entertainment to watch, you’re sure to have a fun-filled experience.
Eat Here: No trip to Miller Park is complete without tailgating – when hot grills, cold beer and fun games turn the parking lot into party central. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the aroma of grilled brats and the sounds of a great time.
The Kenosha Kingfish are also members of the Northwoods League. They play at the historic, nearly century-old Simmons Field. Teams dating back to the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League to the Kenosha Twins called Simmons home before the Kingfish arrived. The stadium, also home field for local semi-pro team the Kenosha Kinds, features party decks, a general admission lawn seating area, seats from Baltimore’s Camden Yards and plenty of great entertainment.
Eat Here: The Spot Drive-In has been a Kenosha favorite since 1945. Get tasty hamburgers, homemade root beer in frosted mugs and lots of other delicious treats delivered right to your vehicle with classic car-hop service.
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