George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - 20 miles/30 minutes to Minute Maid
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) - 10 miles/20 minutes to Minute Maid Park
WHERE TO STAY?
Hotels Near Minute Maid Park. All 6 below are within walking distance of the ballpark.
The Westin- Houston Downtown
Magnolia Hotel (free cookies and milk each night on the second floor)
Residence Inn by Marriott- Downtown Convention Center
Holiday Inn Express - Downtown Convention Center
Chaser budget traveler- the following lodging is within 5 miles of Minute Maid Park.
Holiday Inn - Greenway Plaza
Courtyard by Marriott - West University
WHERE TO PARK?
Minute Maid Park is a downtown ballpark that offers street, metered, garage and paid lot parking. There are over 25,000 parking spaces within a ½ square block radius of Minute Maid Park. Look for one of these three main garages: Convention Center (corner of Polk Street and Avenida de las Americas), Toyota Center and the Harris County Courthouse building (corner of Austin and Congress).
Parking Panda, the official parking partner of the Houston Astros, offers gameday parking reservations for Minute Maid Park. Avoid driving around for the best parking facility - compare on your smartphone and reserve Astros parking today.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: if you are staying at a hotel that is not within walking distance, ask the front desk staff if you are close to Houston’s light-rail system. This quick ride will drop you off just six blocks from the ballpark.
WHERE TO EAT?
Let your trip to Minute Maid Park start across the street at Home Plate Bar and Grill. The menu is full of amazing burgers, sandwiches, salads, dogs and wings. The Home Plate offers much needed air conditioning during an Astros day game or a nice outdoor patio for those cooler Texas evenings.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Home Plate Bar & Grill
Inside Minute Maid Park, the Astros offer a plethora of food options that rank as one of the top in the country. Ballpark Chasers suggest starting with the ultimate nacho supreme. This 30 oz. plate of goodness is found in sections 114 and 427. Other fun options include the BBQ sandwich tray, Little Bigs sliders (mini hamburgers), spicy sausage sandwiches and all the Tex Mex food at the El Real concession stand. For those hot dog lovers, check out the Astros Sizzling Extreme Grill stand for their specialty hot dogs from ballparks around the country. Current hot dogs featured are: Cincinnati Cheese Coney dog, Georgia dog, New York dog and the Chicago Dog. If you prefer sit-down dining, try FiveSeven Grill, located in center field. In tribute to Astros' greats Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, the FiveSeven Grill packs a mean plate by offering "Texas size portions". This is a great choice to grab a meal before the game. Otherwise, the FiveSeven Grill offers to-go dining in order to eat at your seat while watching the game.
Ballpark Chaser Favorite: BBQ Stuffed baked potato. Imagine a normal baked potato, but instead of just cheese and sour cream, it comes with pulled pork, barbecue sauce and jalapeño peppers.
New to Minute Maid Park for 2016:
Sweet Potato Waffle Chicken Sandwich – Homemade sweet potato waffle with grilled chicken breast, Greek yogurt, baby spinach and sliced tomatoes.
Chipotle Pescado – Coffee-rubbed salmon on a tortilla, served with mango-jalapeño ranch and a chipotle aioli (Minute Maid Park, Street Eats, Section 126 & 409).
Irish Nachos – Kettle chips covered with jalapeño queso, roasted tomatoes and assorted nacho toppings (Minute Maid Park, Street Eats, Section 126 & 409).
The Flying Pig – A deep fried pork shank in peanut curry ranch, served with a sweet chili apple slaw (Minute Maid Park, Street Eats, Section 126 & 409).
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Although the Astros have a good fan base and improving ballclub, Minute Maid Park is consistently in the bottom ten of Major League attendance. Unless you are attending a game against a big-market team, it is not a problem to count on box office tickets to be available before the game. Also, scalpers are noticeably present along the streets of Houston and love to bargain during the last 30 minutes of the first pitch. Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your tickets through TicketMonster.com.
WHERE TO SIT?
Minute Maid Park features more than 5,000 Club seats and one of the largest video-boards in the big leagues. Discover all the best seats with the best views with the Minute Maid Park Seating Guide.
WHEN TO GO?
The summer months in Texas are a scorcher! Temperatures average in the upper 80s and low 90s during June, July, August and September. For this reason alone, Ballpark Chasers suggest a trip to Minute Maid Park in the early part of the season. April and May are your best bets for an enjoyable sunny day. As far as rain, not to worry as Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof that can close within 10 minutes.
WHAT ELSE TO DO?
A fun, relaxing and free option just blocks from Minute Maid Park is Discovery Green. This newly opened park is full of entertainment for all ages. Everything from recreational games, to playgrounds, concerts, natural gardens, and art displays can be found all throughout this 12 acre park. Don’t leave without trying the Lake House french fries served in a compostable cup. A trip to Texas just isn’t complete without a stop at the Houston Space Center. Located 30 minutes from Minute Maid Park, Houston’s Space Center is a great way to spend an afternoon before catching a night game. Regular attractions include: theater presentations, space simulations, NASA tour, kid’s activities, galleries and memorabilia.
Ballpark Chasers Hidden Gems: Finger Furniture store at 4001 Gulf Freeway. I know! What could possibly be inside a furniture store that a Ballpark Chaser needs to see? Well, the Houston Sports Museum of course. Still confused? The location is the exact spot of old Buff Stadium, home of the Houston Buffaloes. Inside the furniture store holds the exact location where home plate once laid as well as a bunch of other amazing local sports memorabilia. Just a heads-up, there is no sign outside the Finger Furniture store, nor a website that you can Google to find more information. Trust us, it’s there! For those Astros fans, or any true fan of baseball, make the 45 minute trip south to Alvin, Texas, home of the Nolan Ryan Foundation and Museum. Once here, look for the exhibit to feel what it’s like to catch a Nolan Ryan fastball.
UPDATE: Finger Furniture store has closed. Check back for updates on where the museum will be located next.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Minute Maid Park is part of Ballpark Chasers “Texas Dos" vacation which includes seeing the Rangers at Globe Life Park. We suggest searching for flights to both cities to determine which airfare is the cheapest. Expect a 4 hour drive (256 miles) between ballparks, with heavy traffic in both cities.
If you prefer to stay within the Houston surrounding area, Ballpark Chasers suggests attending a few Texas League baseball games. The San Antonio Missions and Round Rock Express are a short drive away for some exciting Double-A baseball. If you only have time for one game, we highly recommend the three hour drive to Dell Diamond Stadium, home of the Express. This Minor League Park has received numerous awards as one of the best Double-A stadiums in the country.
Last updated by Ballpark Chasers.