Looking for a fun, family- and budget-friendly outing? Head to the ballpark and root, root, root for one of New Jersey’s Minor League teams!
For baseball by the beach, head to Lakewood for a Jersey Shore BlueClaws game. All ages will have a blast at FirstEnergy Park, which boasts more than baseball—there’s a biergarten and mini golf, and even a boardwalk complete with games and inflatable rides. The BlueClaws are also a High-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies—you might even get lucky and see a current Phillies player donning a BlueClaws uniform while they come back from an injury.
Formerly a Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Trenton Thunder is now a collegiate summer baseball team of the MLB Draft League. See players at the beginning of their careers and say hi to the team’s trio of mascots: Boomer, Cloudman and Slice, an ode to New Jersey’s most iconic breakfast food—pork roll!
Head to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater to catch the Somerset Patriots, a Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees. You’ll see future Major Leaguers—and maybe even spot a current Yankee coming back from the injured list. Keep an eye out for special events like post-game fireworks and fun theme nights like bark in the park.
Further north, check out two Frontier League teams: the Sussex County Miners at Skylands Stadium in Augusta and the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium at Montclair State University in Little Falls. You can catch both teams from May through September.
Be sure to check the websites and social media channels of your team of choice before you make your way to the ballpark to ensure you have the most up-to-date info.