Connecticut Minor League Baseball Teams to Cheer on with Kids

The New Britain Bees play wood-bat, collegiate ball - and have a great mascot, Sting! Photo courtesy of the team
The New Britain Bees play wood-bat, collegiate ball - and have a great mascot, Sting! Photo courtesy of the team
2/8/23 - By Brandee Gilmore

If baseball beckons you every summer, like popsicles and pools, Connecticut can be a tricky place to live. Is it Red Sox country? A Yankee stronghold? Mets loyal? Probably all of the above, but Mommy Poppins has no intentions of wading into THAT debate.  Rather, we'll educate you on the alternatives right in your backyard -- minor league ballparks with major league fun. They're perfect for the family, kind to your wallet, and spread out across the state. Batter up!!


1. Hartford Yard Goats—Hartford

The Hartford Yard Goats are a Double-A minor Eastern League team that launched in 2016. The Yard Goats replaced the New Britain Rock Cats, a Colorado Rockies affiliate, relocated and rebranded. The Yard Goats play at the brand new Dunkin' Park just north of downtown Hartford. Sign up for the CHET 529 Kids Club, a completely free program for kids (ages 12 and under) with invitations to special kids events and promotions. Check the schedule for ongoing activities like post-game run the bases, visits from Paw Patrol pups and plenty of Yard Goat swag giveaways. 

Dunkin' Park 1214 Main Street Hartford 06103

2. Norwich Sea Unicorns—Norwich

The Norwich Sea Unicorns (formerly the Connecticut Tigers) were once part of the Detroit Tigers organization. Since 2020, the Sea Unicorns have been part of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), where college players from all over fill the rosters of New England amateur teams. The team plays at Senator Christopher J. Dodd Memorial Stadium, where the crack of the bat fills the air from late May to early August. 

Dodd Stadium 14 Stott Ave. Norwich 06360

3. New Britain Bees—New Britain

The New Britain Bees are part of the FCBL. While not affiliated with Major League Baseball, the Bees have dozens of future and former MLB players thrill the crowds at the "Beehive" in New Britain. The team offers a top-notch experience with peanuts, cracker jacks, and a kid's fun zone with bounce houses, and a carousel! Arrive early and players sign autographs before the game. Stay late and your kiddos get the chance to run the bases. 

New Britain Stadium 230 John Karbonic Way New Britain 06051


Originally published 2019, updated 2023

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