As the icy grip of winter begins to loosen and the first signs of spring start to emerge, there’s one thing that baseball fans eagerly anticipate – Spring Training. For Washington Nationals fans, this means a trip to sunny West Palm Beach, Florida, should be on the cards. Here’s why.
The Intimate Baseball Experience
Spring Training offers a unique opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite players in a way that’s impossible during the regular season. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, where the Nationals hold their training, is far smaller than your average Major League stadium. This more intimate venue means there’s not a bad seat in the house, giving fans unparalleled views of the action on the field.
What’s more, the laid-back atmosphere of Spring Training often allows for fan interaction with the players. It’s not uncommon to see players signing autographs before or after games, and you might even bump into your favorite player at local restaurants or shops.
More Baseball, More Fun
During Spring Training, the Nationals play and practice nearly every day. This baseball bonanza allows fans to indulge in their love for the game like never before. You can catch a morning game featuring some of the Nationals’ top prospects, then head over to another field in the afternoon to watch the established stars practice.
In addition, fans have the opportunity to see many other teams in action as well. The Nationals share The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches with the Houston Astros, and just a short drive north at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, is the Spring Training home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.
Discovering West Palm Beach
When you’re not cheering on the Nats, West Palm Beach has plenty to offer. For art enthusiasts, the Norton Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of American, European, and Chinese art, as well as contemporary art and photography. Nature lovers should head to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 200 animals, or take a stroll through the breathtaking Mounts Botanical Garden.
For those who prefer a bit of retail therapy, The Square is a dynamic experiential neighborhood reimagining contemporary lifestyle as a destination for retail, cuisine, design, world-class art and mixed-use space that is located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Bargain shoppers should visit Tanger Outlets Palm Beach, which offers savings on over 100 name brands.
Young fans will not want to miss experiencing that “zero-g feeling” riding Big Thunder at Rapids Water Park or getting up close with gators on a Florida Everglades tour with Airboat Rides West Palm Beach.
Foodies won’t be disappointed either. West Palm Beach is known for its vibrant food scene, with options ranging from upscale seafood restaurants to casual beachfront cafes — and dozens of Michelin and James Beard recognized chefs. For the thirsty crowd, West Palm Beach and the surrounding area are home to over a dozen craft breweries.
And let’s not forget about a visit to the beach – no trip to West Palm Beach would be complete without spending some time soaking up some famed Florida sunshine along the region’s 14 tropical beaches spanning 47 miles along the Atlantic Ocean.
Traveling from the DC area to West Palm Beach for the Nationals’ Spring Training has never been easier, thanks to an array of direct flight options. Major airlines such as JetBlue, Southwest, United, and American offer non-stop service from various airports in the DC area, including BWI, DCA, and IAD.
All in All
Attending Spring Training in West Palm Beach is about more than just baseball. It’s a chance to escape the last of the winter chills, immerse yourself in the local attractions, and, most importantly, kick off the baseball season in the best way possible. So, Nationals fans, pack your sunscreen and your team gear – West Palm Beach awaits.
For more information on Spring Training in West Palm Beach, visit ThePalmBeaches.com.