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I'm heading out on a tour of MLB parks starting July 1, 2005, starting at the Great American Ballpark to see the 'Stros play the Reds. From there, it's the Rockies @ the Cards on 7/2, Angels @ Royals 7/3, Red Sox @ Rangers 7/4, Padres @ Astros 7/5, a day off to tour the French Quarter in New Orleans 7/6 and we'll wrap up with the Cubs @ Braves on 7/7. This is a tour put on by Diamond Baseball Tours.com, and I have done one of their tours before (last summer), and had a blast (that one started @ Wrigley, went to the Jake, Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards, Cooperstown and Comerica). Down time is typically very limited, as the bus travel can be quite lengthy between games.

What I'm looking for here, is, some suggestions on what to do at each park. What should I absolutly not miss. Particular restaurants near the park, things to do, etc. Thanks in advance for any help you guys could provide.

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Certainly bring your camera to Busch. Not only can you take shots of a stadium that won't be standing come the end of November, you also have an opportunity to take pix of the new Busch Stadium from the inside, seeing as how it's being built around the southern third of the existing park.

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Not really a must-do, but if you're into big TV's, you'll love Turner Field's 70-foot-tall HDTV.

Hell yes, that thing is freakin awesome, especially at nite. Also, try to go to the Top of the Chop fo soem good eating and a great view, and watch out for the big drum that some random drum player from one of the Atlanta Black Colleges hits when the Tomahawk Chop begins.

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Go to the Reds Museum and Hall of Fame at GABP. Its pretty cool. Also check out the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is about a block away from the stadium.

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Not really a must-do, but if you're into big TV's, you'll love Turner Field's 70-foot-tall HDTV.

Hell yes, that thing is freakin awesome, especially at nite. Also, try to go to the Top of the Chop fo soem good eating and a great view, and watch out for the big drum that some random drum player from one of the Atlanta Black Colleges hits when the Tomahawk Chop begins.

Pink Pony has some snacks.

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Go to the Reds Museum and Hall of Fame at GABP. Its pretty cool. Also check out the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is about a block away from the stadium.

yeah I agree, I did both last time I was there and they were both cool.

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If you can go up in the Arch in STL. Its scary if you dont like heights but its worth it. Minute Maid Park is a really beautiful park. I be youll like that a lot. And one last thing, if youve never gone to the French Quarters in New Orleans, Get ready to be amazed, its like a whole different world. One huge party packed into just a few blocks 365 days a year.

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Wow, lots of great stuff already! Thanks, and keep it comming! I was up the Arch once when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago. Not sure how much time I'll have, since I'm waking up in Louisville, KY that morning, and touring the Slugger Museum before bussing to St. Louis...

As for the rest, I'll print this stuff off before I go, and again, keep it comming! Anything for KC? Good BBQ?

Moose

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Have fun and take lots of pictures

Oh, I will. I've got a ton of great photos from last summers trip. And keep the suggestions comming!

I'm still looking for some for KC. It looks like we'll have a bit of time there, as we wake up in Columbia, MO, and leave for the Negro League HOF at 9 a.m. Game time isn't until 6:10 p.m., so I'd imagine there'd still leave some exploring time. BBQ suggestions anyone?

Also, I haven't heard much about Minute Maid besides, "you'll realy enjoy it." Anything to not miss there?

Same question for the French Quarter... I'm going with someone who's been there, but not since the early '70's. I'm sure it's changed a bit since then...

Thanks again.

Moose

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I 've only been to a game at Minute Maid once, but I'd have to say make sure you enter through the Union Station entrance if possible and walk the whole lower concourse, and in left-center, take your pic next to the Conoco gas pump, whichif I remember correctly, counts every homer hit there. If you have time in Houston, take the stadium tour, very informative. And take pics of Tal's Hill in centerfield

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I've only been to St. Louis out of all the places ya listed...and seeing the current Busch Stadium is a goner after this year, I'd get as many pics as ya can...

If ya have enough time, I'd suggest ya hit Laclade's Landing pre-game...plenty of good restaurants and other establishments there...

During the game...nothing beats an order of toasted raviolis and one of those 32oz beers they sell...especially seeing they're about as much as I pay for a 16oz beer at Shea :lol:

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If you can, try to take the tour at Budweiser while in St. Louis. Its really cool, plus 3 free beers at the end!

The Landing is alot of fun, but so is Al Hrbosky's Ballpark Saloon, located just south of Busch. Just walk south, under the interstate and you'll see it. Its kinda the official hangout of Illini fans during the final 4 and of course Cardinal Fans. There's a really good chance you'll see Al himself, picking up garbage or doing something else that a $5 an hour employee should be doing.

Busch stadium food is horrible. I'd recomend one of 2 things. there's a BBQ place inside the stadium, but its on the northwest corner of the outside. (If that makes sense) I'd go there, but its pricy. Or I'd bring my food in. There is a Wendy's about a block away. :D Get the big beers instead of the small ones if you are a drinker.

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