My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros (September 27, 2013)
We drove from Dallas to the Space Center in Houston. One of Kara’s favorite childhood memories is her visit to the Space Center. If you’re wanting to visit, I recommend the Tram Ride and the audio tour.
After the Space Center, we headed into the city to Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros. It was the end of the season and the Astros were already well over 100 losses for the season. My beloved Yankees were in town and the Astros honored Andy Petitte before his retirement.
The Yankees slipped by with a 3-2 win and we checked Minute Maid Park off the list to end our 2013 MLB travels. We’re down to two ballparks!
Here’s what you need to know about Minute Maid Park…
- Houston traffic is notoriously congested and we felt the full brunt of it driving through the city. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the stadium.
- We found parking for $5 on the other side of the highway. It’s a decent walk, but not too bad if you’re wanting to stretch your legs. There is a smaller stadium parking lot, but it fills up very quickly. If you’re staying close to the ballpark, take the Metro light rail to get there.
- Minute Maid Park is a covered stadium, which is nice with the Texas weather and any Gulf coast rain.
- Houston’s mascot is named Orbit, one of the funniest mascots I’ve seen so far. Whoever plays Orbit should be signed to a long-term deal.
- If you want a food challenge, try the nachos supreme. It’s 30 oz. of loaded goodness. Good luck!
- One of the unique features of Minute Maid Park is the slight incline in dead center field. With the right hit, things can get really interesting.