Missouri's three largest cities - Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield - are all home to professional baseball teams: the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cardinals' AA minor league affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals. Whether you wear Kansas City Royal blue or St. Louis Cardinal red, few things are more exciting than game day in the Show-Me State. And the best part? The excitement isn't limited to the stadium.
Root for the home team - Learn a little baseball history when you visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City or the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum at Ballpark Village (adjacent to Busch Stadium). In Springfield, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is full of iconic Missouri athletes in every sport.
Cold beer, here - Beer and baseball go hand-in-glove, so before (or after) a game it makes sense to enjoy a tour at one of the more than 70 breweries in Missouri. In Kansas City check out Boulevard Brewing Company, Mother's Brewing Company (tours available Saturdays only) in Springfield, or a Budweiser Brewery tour in St. Louis.
Fun for young fans - City Museum in St. Louis, LegoLand Discovery Center in Kansas City, and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield all offer hours of fun for kids of all ages. They'll remember these outings as much as they'll remember the game.
Get your keepsakes - Take home a memento of your experience when you visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, or the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, and grab the latest outdoor apparel and accessories at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield.
Hot days, cool treats - Some Ted Drewe's frozen custard after a Cardinals day-game is almost a requirement in St. Louis. In Springfield, Pineapple Whip is a delicious summer treat, even though nobody knows if it's ice cream or sherbet, or both! If you're in Kansas City, try some off-the-wall flavors like lavender honey at Betty Rae's Ice Cream.
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, the pubs and restaurants of downtown Springfield, or the Power and Light District in Kansas City.
Roaring crowds, the smell of ballpark food, and the sound of a long home run are standard for a memorable baseball experience in Missouri, but each city's unique character means the game isn't the only way to have fun. Before or after the action on the diamond, be sure to spend some time exploring. 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 summer getaway!) Keep exploring VisitMO.com to plan an epic #MissouriAdventure today.