It’s officially spring which means it’s officially time to get excited about baseball in Missouri!
Whether you wear Kansas City Royal blue or St. Louis Cardinal red, there are few things more exciting than game day in the Show-Me State. The crowds, the smell of ballpark food, the sound the bat makes on a long home run … they’re all part of the memorable baseball experience.
The Royals begin their 2017 campaign with several road games (their first game is April 1 at the Texas Rangers) before their home opener at 3:15 p.m. April 10 against the Oakland A’s. The Cardinals kick off the season in grand fashion, hosting their arch rivals, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, with a 7:35 p.m. first pitch on April 2.
Before the action on the diamond begins, be sure to spend some time exploring Kansas City and St. Louis. Missouri’s largest cities offer a wealth of history and culture, not to mention flat-out fun attractions that turn an evening at the ballpark into a memorable day of fun (or an awesome four-day getaway!).
Stadium tours – Get an inside look at the ballpark when you take a tour of either Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City or Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Note that tour times vary, especially on game day, so be sure to check the available tour slots.
Fun for young fans – LegoLand Discovery Center in Kansas City and City Museum in St. Louis offer hours of fun for kids of all ages. It doesn’t matter if their favorite team wins or loses, they’ll remember these outings for a long time.
Get your souvenirs – Buy a keepsake when you visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. And take plenty of pictures – both structures offer amazing views of the cities they call home.
Cold beer, here! – Beer and baseball go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense to enjoy a brewery tour before seeing a game. You can’t go wrong with brewery tours at Boulevard in Kansas City and Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis (they both offer free samples at the end.)
Root for the home team – Learn a little baseball history when you visit the Royals Hall of Fame at Kauffman Stadium and the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at Ballpark Village (adjacent to Busch Stadium).
If they don’t win … – Yes, it’s a shame if your favorite team doesn’t win. It won’t take long to change your mood when you visit Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis or the Power and Light District in Kansas City.
These are just some of the experiences waiting for you on game day (and every other day) in Kansas City and St. Louis. Keep exploring VisitMO.com to learn more about both cities and plan your epic #MissouriAdventure today.