Trip Ideas: Baseball and Brews
A baseball road trip isn’t complete without good brews. Luckily, Missouri has both of those things. There are many great places to catch a baseball game on both sides of the state. Stay awhile, and make it a baseball road trip. Besides, Missouri is only one of six states with both an American League and National League Major League Baseball team. After all of the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, check out some of the finest Midwest breweries also located in Missouri. There is nothing better than a brewery visit after the game!
Morning
Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City has grown to become one of the largest specialty Midwest breweries; 45-minute tours of the brewery are available Wednesday-Sunday. If you are making a brewery visit to Boulevard, samples are available for those ages 21 and older. Try Tank 7, Single Wide IPA or the summertime staple, Boulevard Wheat.
2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-474-7095
Hours: Facility hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Tours offered various times Wednesday-Sunday
Kauffman Stadium is home to the Kansas City Royals. Any diehard fan on a baseball road trip should put the “K” near the top of their list in the Midwest. The stadium boasts the largest high-definition video-board in the major leagues. Tours offered may include the dugout, press box, interview room, Crown Club, the visitor's locker room (subject to availability) and other interesting behind-the-scenes locations. Tour times vary.
1 Royal Way, Kansas City MO 64129, 816-504-4222
Hours: Tickets: online, 24 hours
Watch the American League's Kansas City Royals play ball at Kauffman Stadium, noted for its 322-foot-wide water spectacular in the outfield, and the largest high-definition video board in the majors.
1 Royal Way, Kansas City MO 64141, 800-676-9257
Hours: Ticket offices: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tickets available online 24 hours
Afternoon
Plan a brewery visit to Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield They have brewery tours at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Saturday. Learn about the brewing process and how all the brewing equipment works at one of Springfield’s top Midwest breweries.
215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield MO 65806, 417-862-0423
Hours: Tours: Sat., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Tasting Room: Wed.-Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Springfield Cardinals are the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They are one of eight teams in the Texas League. Home games are played at Hammons Field. The Hammons Field gates open one hour prior to game time.
955 East Trafficway, Springfield MO 65802, 417-863-0395
Hours: Ticket office: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy the award-winning, hand-crafted beer, which is brewed in-house. The restaurant offers an extensive menu, and live music is a nightly happening. Brewery visits include tours.
305 S. Market St., Springfield MO 65807, 417-832-8277
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sun., noon-midnight
A baseball road trip to Missouri isn’t complete without a stop to Busch Stadium; home to the St. Louis Cardinals. Hour-long guided tours provide an in-depth look at every part of the Stadium. Group rates available for 25 or more. Tour tickets can be purchased at the Gate 3 ticket window on Eighth Street. Tickets are only available on the day the tour is offered.
700 Clark Ave., St. Louis MO 63102, 314-345-9565
Hours: April-September: Tours begin, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.; October-March: Tours begin, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Evening
Take a brewery visit to the home of Budweiser. Your free tour of one of the largest Midwest breweries takes you through the brewing process; the Budweiser Clydesdale Stable; Lager Cellar; Brew House; the Bevo Packaging Facility; and the gift shop. Sample Anheuser-Busch products in the Hospitality Room (must be 21 or older).
1127 Pestalozzi St., St. Louis MO 63118, 314-577-2626
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
See the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in action at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis on a baseball road trip to Missouri. The stadium, which opened in 2006, offers a view of the St. Louis skyline, including the iconic Gateway Arch.
700 Clark Ave., St. Louis MO 63102, 314-345-9000
Hours: Ticket offices: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tickets available online 24 hours
Schlafly Bottleworks is a unique restaurant; it also serves as Schlafly's main production brewery. Free, guided tours are given, Fri.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. The tour concludes with free samples (must be 21 or older) of several styles of fresh Schlafly beer. There's also small collection of beer memorabilia for guests to view on a brewery visit to Schlafly.
7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood MO 63143, 314-241-2337
Hours: Mon.-Tue., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight