Take Me Out to the Ballgame in Connecticut Last Updated 4/18

Nothing says "spring is here!" quite like the start of baseball season. And depending on where you go in Connecticut, you may find locals rooting for major league teams from New York or Boston. However you will also find professional and minor league teams drawing fans to local ballparks all over the state—not just for the sports, but for family-friendly events that include music, food, giveaways and fireworks. Tickets are reasonable, the fun is contagious. And now that the capital city Hartford has its own team and a brand new ballpark, there’s never been a better time to enjoy America’s favorite pastime by cheering on Connecticut teams!

Hartford Yard Goats, Hartford

Hartford has had a long history of baseball. Today Connecticut’s capital city is the home of the Yard Goats, a Double-A minor Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Named for the tractors that switch train cars between locomotives (really!), the Yard Goats have mascots that are two colorful goats named Chompers and Chew Chew. At the newly built Dunkin Donuts Park in downtown Hartford, parking is easy with five surrounding lots and a CTfastrak bus stop nearby. Friday and Saturday night home games have fireworks and Sunday is Family Funday! Check the schedule for upcoming games now. And here a few suggestions for things to do in the area before or after the game.

Batting Practice?

Got a few future sluggers in the family? Find batting cages at Stamford’s Chelsea Piers, North Haven’s The Only Game in TownR&B Sports World in Winsted, and the SportsCenter of Connecticut in Shelton, as well as smaller facilities throughout the state.