Exploring the Cities on a Budget: AL Central





Part of the fun in visiting an MLB ballpark is experiencing the city it’s in. It’s your chance to see some sights, try the local fare, and take in the culture. An ongoing joke with my friend Liz is that our pictures should always “capture our essences.” I found many times ballparks did just this- they captured the cities they’re in’s essence. Going to the park is great  (obviously, since it’s the reason you’re visiting) but don’t sell yourself short and miss out on the park’s inspiration! While I didn’t always get to fully explore the cities I visited since I was cramming in 30 parks, I did always make an effort to see what I could.

For those who are thinking, this is going to rack up my trip cost, I say “Not so fast my friend!” (yeah I just quoted Lee Corso, happens). Here are some ways to save when sightseeing in the cities of the AL Central… and even some free activities!

Chicago: (White Sox)

  • Plenty of free sights to see in downtown Chicago- The Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park (free concerts on Mondays in the summer), and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Illinois residents can take advantage of free days each month from a plethora of Chicago’s renowned museums.
  • Out of towners can use Gold Star to search for discounted tickets or purchase a City Pass for admission to 5 of Chicago’s most popular attractions including the Skydeck and Shedd Aquarium.
  • The Chicago Children’s Museum offers free days and coupons making it easier to bring the whole family out.
  • If you’re feeling very ambitious, purchase the Go Chicago Card. It gives you admission to 26 of Chicago’s must-see attractions for a fraction of the cost!
  • Be sure to check the Student & Budget Travelers section of the Chicago tourism site. It includes tips, events, and even hotels and restaurants for those looking to save.

Cleveland: (Indians)

Detroit: (Tigers)

Kansas City: (Royals)

Minneapolis: (Twins)


4 thoughts on “Exploring the Cities on a Budget: AL Central

  1. This is very informational! I’m from about an hour away from Minneapolis so I get up there pretty often, but i still learned some things. I’ve traveled to Kansas City, but the other AL Central Cities are still on my bucket list – your blog should help nicely with that. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this past summer, to bad the season has to come to a close. Are you going to continue “Ballparks on a Budget” next season also?


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