There are some really nice and interesting ballparks in Florida. When the Phillies have an away game, try going to see them at another park. Tickets are available through the home team web sites or in person at their box offices.
Here are the other Florida ballparks, with the approximate driving distances from Clearwater:
—Five miles, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, FL
—22 miles, New York Yankees, Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL
—42 miles, Pittsburgh Pirates, McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL
—54 miles, Baltimore Orioles, Ed Smith Stadium , Sarasota, FL
—59 miles, Detroit Tigers, Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, FL
—94 miles, Atlanta Braves, Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista, FL
—97 miles, Tampa Bay Rays, Charlotte County Sports Park, Port Charlotte, FL
—98 miles, Houston Astros, Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL
—128 miles, Boston Red Sox, City of Palms Park, Ft. Myers, FL
—128 miles, Minnesota Twins, Hammond Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL
—152 miles, Washington Nationals, Space Coast Stadium, Viera, FL
—178 miles, New York Mets, Digital Domain Park, Port St. Lucie, FL
—208 miles, St. Louis Cardinals, Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, FL
—208 miles, Florida Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, FL
Of the closest ballparks, the Blue Jays in Dunedin is the easiest to get to. The Yankees in Tampa would be second. Steinbrenner Field is one of the nicer stadiums and has nice scenery with fountains, trees and a view of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium across the street.
The Pirates' McKechnie Field in Bradenton is one of the oldest parks in the area, built in 1923. Although it was renovated in the early 90s, the park still boasts the original 1920s Spanish-mission style architecture, including the masonry, stucco and structural steel materials. The seats are super tiny and very close together for a "get to know your neighbor" feel.
There are also several stadiums in the Orlando-Disney area, including the Atlanta Braves' Champion Stadium and the Houston Astros' Osceola County Stadium. You could make this a combination trip if you would like to visit any Orlando-area attractions.
Some stadiums are very far away and should be considered only for overnight trips or by extremely adventurous fans.
Photo: Jenn Zambri/ Steinbrenner Field