Greetings Chasers. My wife and I are headed to Texas in 2 weeks to catch Rangers/Red Sox Friday and Astros/Tigers Saturday. These will be our 17th & 18th parks and are very excited. Just looking for any must do experiences around those parks and in between from those of you with Texas experience. Time is limited as we are flying into Ft Worth Friday afternoon and out of Houston Sunday morning. Thanks for any dining, drinking, & experience suggestions!

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Comment by George Walsh on April 30, 2013 at 4:23pm

I havent been to houston in years. we are planning on doing the same trip in september.When you do come back,let us know how you did. One thing i do remeber though about houston is the mexican food,the best ever. I remember a place called Ninfas that had the absolute best tex mex food i have ever tried.
one of the reasons i want to do this texas trip is because of this restaurant. Anyway the restaurant is only a mile from minute maid park. here is the adress

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation
418 reviews
2704 Navigation Boulevard
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175

If you do go,let us know how it went and any tips you might have for other ballpark chasers

Comment by jvolks (19) on April 28, 2013 at 6:46am

From Houston is a short drive to the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Battlefield Monument. It campares a lot to the Washington Monument and the ship is a former WWI battleship. Also the area the park is in offers interesting views of oil tankers going in and out of the docks. I'm a history teacher so I love stuff like this but I think it would be enjoyable for most.

Comment by Tim Choiniere on April 26, 2013 at 11:30am

For a restaurant near Arlington, I have gone to Saltgrass Steakhouse which is very good and Pappadeaux's Seafood house (closer to the park).

I have only done a tour of the park. Was the only one on the tour and it was snowing out...Not too many people can claim to have been in Arlington Stadium when it was snowing.

Comment by George del Castillo on April 26, 2013 at 6:28am

At Minute Maid be sure to try the baked potato stuffed with BBQ brisket - the best!

Comment by Bobby Kelly Cooper 29 on April 25, 2013 at 7:14am

A quick trip down to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico would be neat. Also the Houston Space center NASA is close to the Ballpark. I think a 30- minute drive maybe less. Neat and not that much $

In Arlington to save money on gifts for relatives the Wal-Mart is right next to both stadiums. Lots of Rangers and Cowboys items displayed as soon as you walk in the door.

Comment by Thequesters Too on April 23, 2013 at 3:34am

As one of the Chasers already discussed I would not miss Dealey Plaza in Dallas. As for Houston, eh, maybe make it to the Gulf Coast. But one thing I wouldn't miss is pick a Texas BBQ joint of your choosing.

Comment by Travis Greene on April 22, 2013 at 7:02pm

When we were in Arlington, we went to Sherlock's Pub (about 10 minutes from the ballpark) before the game and they run a free shuttle to and from Rangers Ballpark. The money we saved on parking was used here for a few drafts of Shiner Beer. Rangers Ballpark also has that massive new 2-ft long hot dog, so... God speed if you decide on that.

We had a really good burrito at Minute Maid. They sell them in a stand out in left field by the foul pole.

Also, if you guys are into American historyat all, Dealey Plaza is just a quick 20 minute car ride from Rangers Ballpark. There is a museum on the 6th floor of the Book Depository and is pretty neat to experience.

Comment by Robert Beans(39MLB/32MiLB/28ST) on April 22, 2013 at 1:58pm

wow, my dad, boys and i just did this trip in 2011, we also included a few minor league games in frisco, round rock and san antonio. If you have time we did the tour of cowboys stadium and had a blast, it is definately worth the money as my boys got to play on the field for almost 3 hours just running around playing football with other kids. (Bring your own football if you do this as they are not provided). We also visited the Alamo during this trip and took tours of both stadiums.

Comment by Lisa (21) on April 22, 2013 at 11:05am

Ha, that's great! My husband, 3 yr old, and I will be out there for those same series, but going to Astros/Tigers Thursday and Rangers/Red Sox Friday. I posted a few weeks back looking for suggestions as well, if you want to read those. This is what we have come up with and are going to try to fit in according to weather: Houston--Kemah Boardwalk and Houston Space Center for activities and eating Cafe Adobe, T bone Tom's, and Pappas BBQ. Arlington--In and Out Burger (Been to those before and love them) and Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse and activities besides the game, probably gonna hang by the hotel pool and possibly check out Dealey Plaza/6th Floor museum or tour cowboy stadium. I'd love to do both but traveling with a 3 yr old, you just never know. Have Fun!

Comment by Jim Wood (46 MLB) on April 22, 2013 at 10:59am
A Rangers fan or DFW resident might be able to answer this better, but before entering the Ballpark at Arlington gates make a point to visit the Legends of the Game museum which is attached to the park. One of the better baseball museums in the country. If you enjoy football you might also consider walking by the new Cowboys Stadium- it is a monstrosity of a building and in my opinion the most incredible stadium not suited for baseball. It's amazing!

Houston is spread out so you'll have a chance to do things outside the park before games such as food or drink.


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