Last fall we visited Philadelphia and the Phillies happened to be playing the Nationals. Since we are big Nats fans and have never been to the Phillies Stadium we figured we would visit the stadium and cheer on our team with our toddler. Although I am not a Phillies fan AT ALL (in fact they are our rival team!) I was pleasantly surprised by their stadium. We had a ton of fun and there was a lot for our almost three-year-old to do!
I thought I would do a little Philadelphia Phillies Stadium tour through the eyes of my toddler!
We took the train from DC to Philadelphia (mainly because we didn’t want to deal with bringing a car seat) and stayed in the city center. It was very easy to use the SEPTA (subway system) to get from the main train terminal to the city center and to the Phillies stadium. You do have a little bit of walking from the T to the stadium, but it’s not crazy — I didn’t feel like we needed a stroller.
We made sure to aim to get there early so we could walk around and explore before the game (and the crowds). When we arrived at the stadium our first stop was guest services where we picked up a “my first Phillies game” certificate. We have a bunch of these from various stadiums Aiden has visited and it’s a great (free) souvenir.
Next, we walked around a bit and found The Yard, a really fun and interactive kids area. They had a mini “Phan” field where kids could bat (either live pitch by a stadium employee or with a tee) while other kids fielded. The “game” was broadcast on a big TV over the little field. It was so cute watching Aiden hit off the tee! He LOVED it.
In addition to the mini-field, there is a dugout for photo opportunities, a bullpen speed pitch, a Rockwall (which we did not do), and a hot dog launcher (the hot dogs are obviously fake :lol:). I really love that they had these interactive games for kids. It really made Aiden’s experience memorable.
There was a playground called the Fun Zone which we did not go to this time.
After we exhausted Aiden with games, we went to the Ashburn Alley. This is where the bullpen is and lots of food options. The bullpen set up is really awesome. The way it is set up makes it very easy to watch the visiting pitchers warm up. We are Nationals fans (the visiting team) so the players were so nice to Aiden because he was wearing his Nats gear. He even got a game ball!
Once the game started we made our way to our seats and Dan went to get food. We sat in the section above the bullpen so the tickets were reasonably priced and I thought the seats were good from a viewing perspective. I liked that we had a good view of the pitchers as the warmed up because it gave something for Aiden to focus on when things weren’t as active in the game. They had your normal stadium food and a few extra Philly local options. Aiden’s favorite was the ice cream 🙂
We didn’t end up staying the whole game since it was a night game, but we did get through a good portion of it. The Nationals won the game!
I’m not sure we will be going to a Phillies game again soon, but I definitely recommend the park if you have little ones!
Have you been to the Phillies Stadium? I would love to hear your thoughts on this Philadelphia Phillies Stadium Tour. Let me know if I missed anything in the comments!