Minor League, Major Fun

You may not recognize all the players' names, but you'll never forget the experience of taking the family to a minor league baseball park in Iowa. Visit all six venues and see the stars of tomorrow.

 

Burlington Bees  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Community Field in Burlington
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
FORMER ALL-STARS: Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Paul Molitor, several mid-1980s Oakland A's players
DID YOU KNOW? Self-proclaimed "most affordable night out" in baseball. A family of four can attend a game, get hot dogs, soft drinks and a program for around $41.

 

Clinton Lumberkings  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Ashford University Field in Clinton
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Seattle Mariners
FORMER ALL-STARS: More than 200 Major League players started their careers here.
DID YOU KNOW? Want a big-time promotion? Here's your chance. The Lumberkings do everything from big-screen TV giveaways to fireworks and nightly food specials.

 

Quad Cities River Bandits  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Houston Astros
DID YOU KNOW? New in 2013, the field now includes a carousel, a Ferris wheel and a 300-foot zipline running from behind first base to just outside the left field corner of the park.

FIELD OF DREAMS, DYERSVILLE
Baseball fans can't miss the iconic Field of Dreams in Dyersville. This family farm became the site of the movie classic, "Field of Dreams." Run the bases, play a game of catch and wonder, "Is this heaven?"

 

Cedar Rapids Kernels  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Veterans Stadium in Cedar Rapids
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Minnesota Twins
DID YOU KNOW? Themed promotions mark the halfway point to winter holidays, including Halfway to Halloween in which costumed kids can scramble on to the field to collect candy dropped from a helicopter.

 

IOWA BASEBALL MUSEUM, NORWAY
This small town's baseball tradition grew into 20 state championships and inspired the movie, "The Final Season." The Iowa Baseball Museum pays tribute to the players, coaches and all those who made it to the big leagues.

 

Iowa Cubs  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Principal Park in Des Moines
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Chicago Cubs
FORMER ALL-STARS Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. It's also where injured Cubs come to get themselves back into shape before returning to Chicago.
DID YOU KNOW? The park sits at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. You can look over the center field fence to the sun-glistened gold dome of the Iowa State Capitol Building.

 

BOB FELLER MUSEUM, VAN METER
The legacy of Iowa-born and Cleveland Indians all-star Bob Feller, "the heater from Van Meter," is memorialized in permanent and traveling baseball exhibits at the Bob Feller Museum.


 

Sioux City Explorers  
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Lewis & Clark Park
MAKE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Part of the independent American Association
DID YOU KNOW? A fan favorite is "Dance for your Dinner," where fans are selected from the stands to go down to the field and dance for free food.

 

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