What it is: The Durham Bulls are our local minor league baseball team, and the games are a must do for anyone who comes to the Bull City. However, I've always wondered how my young toddler would do at a game. We decided to check it out, and this toddler absolutely loved it! There was plenty to see. The team and Wool E. Bull (the mascot) put on quite a show on the field. However, the stands are almost equally entertaining with so many cheering fans, the vendors selling their goodies, and the occasional ball flying into the stands. My toddler stayed in the seats for almost five innings with no treats provided! If they tire of the stands there's also overlooks where kids can stand and watch the game and a play area complete with playground for the little ones on the top level.
What we like: This seemed like a very kid-friendly place to us, and a baseball game is always a fun event. The playground on the top level was a great diversion when he needed some exercise. The food is, while not particularly healthy, kid friendly. There's also some opportunities for kids to run the bases after some games, but I'm not sure which ones. Post a comment if you know more about this.
What we would change: The stands can get pretty hot when the sun beats down on them, so this might be hard for little kids to take. Plus, like most sporting events, the tickets and the refreshments can be pricey, so it's a bit of an expensive day. In addition, many of the games are in the evenings which make it very difficult to attend with early toddler bed times. We had to shoot for an early weekend game.
Website and other important information: The Durham Bulls Stadium is located in downtown Durham visible from the Durham Freeway. Just exit the Mangum/Roxboro exit.
Ticket Prices: Tickets are available online starting at $7 for adults (plus a $1.50 service charge) . Kids under three are free, but I would assume they also don't get a seat that way. More details are available on their website.
1. a view of the field
2. a long distance view of the kids' play area on the top level
3. the Bull sign that blows smoke when the Bulls get a home run