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Minute Maid Park
Go ‘Stros! Any visit to Houston during baseball season should include a visit to Minute Maid Park to see the Astros. Thanks in part to its design, which includes a retractable roof, a train, and an uphill slope on the playing field, Minute Maid Park is unlike anything you’ve seen before. In addition to watching great baseball, you’ll be able to sample some local noshes—some of Houston’s favorite restaurants have outposts here. Not baseball season? You can still check out the park. Tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. and noon throughout the year. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and members of the military, and $10 for children ages three to 12.
By Kristin Finan, AFAR Local Expert
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Catch an Astros Game at Minute Maid Park
Baseball fans agree: a trip to Houston isn’t complete without watching an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. In 2000, this downtown jewel replaced the team’s previous stadium, the Astrodome. Minute Maid Park is Houston’s first retractable-roofed stadium, featuring a natural grass playing field where up to 40,963 spectators can watch a game. Even with such modern innovations, the stadium still retains the atmosphere of great ballparks from baseball's classic Golden age. Can’t make a game? There are morning daily tours where visitors get to see the facilities up close with stops at Union Station, the broadcasting booth, press box, dugout, scoreboard, and bullpen. Photo by Milton/Flickr.
By Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
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