Minor League Vacations Can Be Major League Fun

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Baseball season is here, but while many flock to the major league parks, why not check out something a little different? Minor league parks have plenty of exciting things to do and places to see, so we took a look at some of the best parks in the area and everything you’ll be able to do around them.

Plan your visit to one of these minor league ballparks today, and make the most of your trip with this handy guide!

Arvest Ballpark – Springdale, Arkansas

Arvest is celebrating it’s 9th year in operation while its team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, are coming off back-to-back runner up titles in the Texas League. The milestones and successes makes this one of the best times to visit Arvest Ballpark and catch a Naturals game.

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But catching a game isn’t the only thing you’ll want to do when you visit Arvest. To get the full experience out of your trek to Springdale, you’ll want to see what the area has to offer – and there’s quite a lot!

A trip to Tontitown Winery is a must-see for the the wine enthusiast. A wine tasting or a concert is the perfect way to spend an afternoon before heading to the ballpark, which is a quick ride away. Of course, if you’re around for a few days, you may want to step just outside Springdale and into Fayetteville, where you can catch a flick at the 112 Drive-In Theater, visit Lake Fayetteville and enjoy the scenic views, or relive the heyday of retro arcade video games at Arkadia Retrocade.

ONEOK Field – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Boasting an art deco style of design, a water attraction at center field, and a full 360 degree bar in the outfield to give you the option of watching the game or enjoying the views of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the ONEOK Field is home to the Tulsa Drillers minor league team.

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Being in downtown Tulsa means there’s going to be no shortage of things to do, so you’ll want to plan your visit strategically to make the most out of your trip. Start by enjoying the outdoors and visiting Tulsa highlights such as Guthrie’s Green, which is great for events such as music, fitness, and education, as well as a chance to grab some food at the cafe. You can easily spend an afternoon at the park, but don’t forget to check out other sites such as the Franklin Reconciliation Park and the Center of the Universe.

At night, stop by some of the local places and see what Oklahoma has to offer for a nightlife. You’ll have a blast while enjoying some drinks at places like Valkyrie and The Max Retropub. If you need a meal you’ll have plenty of options ranging from fine dining at the Chalkboard to quick and easy grub at Fat Guy’s Burger Bar.

Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

You may be in OKC to check out the Oklahoma City Dodgers, but the Bricktown Ballpark is home to much more than this minor league team. The Big 12 Baseball Tournament, Yoga and Wine classes, running events, and more are taking place at this minor league park – and that’s before factoring in all the private events this stadium plays host to.

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But just because you can spend all your time at Bricktown Ballpark doesn’t mean you should because you’d be missing out on all that Oklahoma City has to offer you. Frontier City is a great way for the whole family to enjoy the spirit of the wild west with the fun and entertainment of an amusement park. If you’re looking for the real deal, however, check out the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for an authentic, historic look at cowboys and the western frontier. If nature is your thing then be sure to stop by the Myriad Botanical Gardens as well. Of course, you also can’t go wrong with a trip to the zoo or science museum in OKC!

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Make sure you don’t miss out on the wine and beers of OKC either. From the Put a Cork in it Winery to COOP Ale House and Tap Works, there’s plenty of places to drink (and eat!) in OKC that you’ll want to make sure you experience. Plan your day accordingly and make sure you have a drink or two factored in there!

Werner Park – Papillion, Nebraska

Home to the Omaha Storm Chasers, Werner Ballpark plays home to concerts, runs, and other events for anyone looking to participate. However, you won’t want to miss any of the action from the Omaha Storm Chasers at the park, which seats over 9,000 fans for the games!

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Werner Park is just outside Omaha in Papillion Nebraska, but you don’t have to trek to Omaha to get everything you need from a trip to see the Storm Chasers! Papio Fun Park offers activities that your whole family can enjoy when you’re now at Werner Park, and if you’re looking for local shopping the Bell Place Shoppes has what you’ll need to find something memorable and unique to Nebraska.

When you’re ready to eat be sure to stop by Ollie and Hobbes for a family meal, or check out Old Chicago for a great menu for both food and drinks.

Bonus: College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park – Omaha, Nebraska

Starting June 17 and going through the 27 or 28, Omaha will be home to the 2017 NCAA College World Series. A short trip from Papillion, this is a major event for baseball players at the collegiate level, and any fan of baseball should make sure they check these games out.

The NCAA field has just been announced, so who will be making the trip to the TD Ameritrade Park has yet to be determined. Oregon State has the number one overall seed, but teams like North Carolina, Florida, and LSU will also be in the running for a trip to Omaha.

If you plan on checking out the College World Series, you’ll be going at a great time with plenty to do. Before you plan anything else, make sure the Omaha Zoo is at the top to your list. The zoo is already a major reason why many people visit Omaha, and you can make the perfect day for you and your family, your friends, or just yourself by taking the morning to visit the zoo for a few hours before heading to an afternoon College World Series game.

The NoDo District is perfect for hanging out between games, whether you’re looking to buy art from an in-residency artist or grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. Of course, if you want to go off the beaten path, why not check out the Joslyn Art Museum (less than a mile away) or take a stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and enjoy the views? Be sure not to miss the old market for an afternoon to check out local shops. And, if you’re up for a bit of history, stop by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters.