Five Places to Catch a Ballgame in Ohio

Discover minor league baseball in the Buckeye State

Nothing beats the aroma of hot popcorn or the taste of an icy cold drink on a sunny afternoon. A visit to one of Ohio’s minor league baseball parks is a budget-friendly outing the whole family can enjoy. No matter which area of the Buckeye State you visit, there is a minor league baseball park near you.

Akron Aeros

Spend the afternoon with the Aeros’ beloved mascot, Orbit, the red space cat. Orbit keeps kids busy by zooming around the park and participating in dizzy bat races. While there, try out some of the better-than-just-concession-food cuisine. A favorite among fans is the “Garbage Disposal,” which starts with tortilla chips and is topped with kielbasa, hot dogs and hamburger. More heartburn is sure to follow when chili, salsa, nacho cheese and jalapeno peppers are added. Learn more at

Columbus Clippers

At the Columbus Clippers’ games, kids can get in on the action, when one lucky kids’ club child is selected each week to be the “MVP Kid of the Game.” Although the ballpark offers typical concession food fare, nothing beats the Dime-a-Dog nights, where the Clippers sell hot dogs for only 10 cents all night long. The Columbus Clippers are located in the heart of downtown Columbus in Huntington Park. Visit for more information.

Lake County Captains

Although there are many planned family activities at Cleveland’s Lake County Captains games, the fireworks are a fan favorite. In 2013, fireworks will follow Friday, Saturday and Sunday night games on numerous occasions (check the Captains schedule for exact dates). The Lake County Captains are located in downtown Cleveland. Visit to learn more.

Toledo Mud Hens

A visit to Toledo is not complete unless you spend an afternoon with mascots Muddy and Muddona, the dancing hens who claim the field with the Toledo Mud Hens. The Philly Cheese Steak and the Black Angus Burger are the most-requested culinary fare in the park, and no game is complete without trying at least one. The Mud Hens call Fifth Third Field home, which is located in the heart of downtown Toledo,. More information is available at

Midwest Ohio: Dayton Dragons
The Dayton skyline is the backdrop for the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field. Kids are sure to get a glimpse of Heater, Gem and Wink at the ballpark, as the mascots try to visit every area of the park while games are in session. More than 20 permanent concession stands and specialty carts are located in the Fifth Third Cafe, with choices for children and sophisticated food lovers alike.  More information about the team can be found by visiting

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