Explore the Phillies' Minor League ballparks

January 19th, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series spotlights each stadium across baseball’s affiliated ranks. Each edition provides ballpark highlights, from concessions to seating options to in-game entertainment to mascots. Ballpark Guides also take travelers through each facility’s surrounding area, encompassing the best places in town to eat or drink, nearby tourist attractions and more. Plan your Minor League Baseball road trip today!

With the exception of its Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League, all of Philadelphia's Minor League affiliates are within a proverbial stone's throw from the City of Brotherly Love.

A scenic trip into eastern Pennsylvania provides the opportunity see Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading in the same day if the schedule allows -- the two ballparks sit just 37 miles apart. It'll be a slightly longer trip out east to Lakewood, N.J., where High-A Jersey Shore makes its home and an even longer journey down the Eastern seaboard to Clearwater.

Here's an inside peek at each stop on the journey to Philadelphia:

Single-A: Clearwater Threshers, BayCare Ballpark
The Phillies' Spring Training home also serves as the first affiliated stepping stone in the historic Florida State League. There's no shortage of baseball history in Clearwater, which has been home to Philadelphia's spring camps since 1947. A statue of Hall of Famer Steve Carlton greets fans and the park itself features the Spanish architecture of the region, with barrel-shaped tile roofs, thick stucco and dramatic arches with minimalist touches. Grab a Philly cheesesteak and head on over to the Tiki Pavilion to wash it down with a drink. Read more »

BayCare Ballpark has been the Threshers' home and the Phillies' primary spring residence since 2004.

High-A: Jersey Shore BlueClaws, ShoreTown Ballpark
Formerly the Lakewood BlueClaws, the club altered its identity to honor its placement along the famed Jersey Shore. Home to boardwalks, beaches and amusement parks, ShoreTown Ballpark sits just 61 miles from Citizens Bank Park and includes nods to the local area. A 360-degree concourse provides an uninterrupted view of the field and grass berms dot both left and right field. There's also a mini-golf course, a Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese Race and plenty of food and beverage options. Read more »

Like the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore, ShoreTown Ballpark features a number of beach-centric activities.

Double-A: Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium
A trip to FirstEnergy Stadium is a journey to a bygone era with the comfort and amenities of the present day. The 71-year-old ballpark resides in what the club affectionately calls Baseballtown, with a view of the bucolic hills in the background. The entire ballpark perimeter is filled with artwork and photographs celebrating Reading's baseball history. Just make sure to pay attention when the famed Crazy Hot Dog Vendor takes the field. Read more »

Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium is one of the oldest Minor League ballparks, opening in 1951.

Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park
Owning the largest average attendance in the Minors (around 9,000 per game) since it opened in 2008, Coca-Cola Park is one of the best places to actually watch a baseball game. The 360-degree concourse not only keeps the field in sight nearly all the way around, but standing room is available behind nearly every section and throughout most of the outfield areas, as well. Of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Coca-Cola Park without tasting the immense fare provided. It's no wonder the IronPigs proudly proclaim to have "The Best Food in Minor League Baseball." Read more »

Coca-Cola Park in Lehigh Valley is known for its wide range of food vendors.