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All About The Ballparks, Southern Style


Each year, we offer an opportunity to visit some of America’s baseball diamonds. This year’s trip features four indoor games in Florida, visits to a couple of baseball landmarks, with pre/post Florida games in Houston and Atlanta.


Because the Major League Baseball schedule was released just days before the catalog went to press, the attractions listed should be considered tentative, because game times have not be finalized at this point.

We have stepped up the seating for this trip. All seating will be field or club level, within the bases. We know how much you like walking to the stadium from your hotel, and that is possible in Houston and Atlanta. The Marriott in Tampa/Clearwater is a spectacular hotel. If you are worried about the summer heat in Florida, keep in mind both parks are indoors with air conditioning.

Game/Travel Schedule

Sun., May 26 Travel to Houston
Mon., May 27 Cubs/Astros
Tues., May 28

Fly to Miami, Giants/Marlins

Wed., May 29 Giants/Marlins
Thurs., May 30 Giants/Marlins
Fri., May 31 Fly to Tampa, Minnesota Twins/Tampa Rays
Sat., June 1 Tampa sights
Sun., June 2 Fly to Atlanta, Detroit Tigers/Atlanta Braves
Sun., June 3 Fly home



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Houston, departing midday and arriving in the evening. Hampton Inn Downtown – 2 nights

Day 2

Sightseeing today features Space Center Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Space Center is the official visitors headquarters for NASA, and our exploration of space, the moon and other planets. The museum is one of the country’s finest, with a planetarium and giant screen theater. Tonight, it’s Cubs vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park. (B)

Day 3

Fly to Miami, arriving mid-afternoon. Your accommodations for 3 nights are at the Marriott Miami Airport (about 3-4 miles from the stadium) Tonight it’s Giants vs. Marlins in the first of three games. (B)

Day 4

See Miami Beach and the lavish homes in Coral Gables on a morning tour. The excursion also features a couple of special baseball related stops. The Miami Hurricanes college team is consistently one of the best in the country. Ever since the Miami Magicians took the field in 1912, the state has had a colorful baseball history. Tonight, game 2 of Giants vs. Marlins. (FB,L)

Day 5

Relax at your hotel before the day game between the Giants/Marlins. After the game, it’s dinner at our favorite South American Steak House. 

Day 6

A short midday flight brings you to Tampa. Accommodations for 2 nights are at the Clearwater Beach Marriott, beautiful rooms, beautiful view. Tonight, the Minnesota Twins play the Rays at Tropicana Field. (FB,L)

Day 7

Do a little Tampa touring today, with the featured stop being Ybor Square. Watch cigars being hand-rolled, capture the Cuban heritage and learn about the (baseball) history of the area. There have been more Spring Training games played in St. Petersburg than in any other city. The 1912 Tampa Smokers started it all. (FB,L)

Day 8

Leave the Florida portion of our travels today and fly to Atlanta. Tonight’s game at America’s newest ballpark is between the Tigers/Braves. (FB)

Day 9

Leave for home with a host of memories. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Sunday, May 26, 2019 to Monday, June 3, 2019

9 Days, 10 Meals

2 breakfasts, 5 full breakfasts, 3 lunches


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