Road Trips: Braves go beyond baseball to entertain

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Atlanta Braves Justin Upton and Jason Heyward walk on the field to play against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Making the drive to Turner Field in Atlanta has been a tradition for baseball fans and families for years.

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla signs autographs before a June game against the San Francisco Giants.  DAVID TULIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID TULIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla signs autographs before a June game against the San Francisco Giants.

The Atlanta area has become a hotbed for baseball talent in high schools and colleges. Those amateur players later drafted and working their way to the major leagues tend to have similar memories of growing up watching Braves games. It’s a way for parents to teach children the game or to simply enjoy a day together.

Turner Field continues to be a family-first environment, providing plenty of opportunities for children to enjoy their time at the park outside of watching the Braves.

Scouts Alley includes batting cages and radar guns to track pitch speed. The family zone in the plaza gives children a place to enjoy slides, mini-fields and video games. Another place for children to spend energy is in the Coca-Cola Sky Field, in the upper deck down the left-field line. The sky field features a base line where children can run, in addition to the iconic Coke bottle that is worth seeing up close to discover how it was constructed.

Baseball history can be taught in Monument Grove, an area outside the main gates that features statues dedicated to Braves legends. Once inside the park, walking through the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is taking a step back in Braves history. The museum also houses the 1995 World Series trophy.

For those who seek a more luxurious trip to the game, the 755 Club is an indoor lounge that includes fine dining. The outdoor seating connected to the lounge allows for dining and shade to watch the game.

An underrated aspect of Turner Field is hanging around the bullpens. Standing or sitting near the bullpens gives fans an opportunity to see pitchers up close and, if one chooses to sit near them during a game, a chance to interact if you find them in a talkative mood.

Fans looking for shade can find it in the terrace level seating, which is also one of the better deals for the view. Pay a little more and enjoy the comforts of club seating, which includes indoor walkways and different concession options.

No matter where one chooses to sit or how to spend time, a trip to Turner Field is one children remember, and one that could spark a dream. The next Braves legend might be swinging away in the batting cages of Scouts Alley at the next game.

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Game times and ticket prices vary, so visit atlanta.braves.mlb.com for details. The Braves play at Turner Field:
July 11-14, July 26-Aug.1, Aug. 9-14, 16-18, Aug. 27-Sept. 4, Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 23-29.

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