The beloved Tampa Bay Rays play their scrappy brand of baseball at Tropicana Field, an air-conditioned dome in St. Petersburg that keeps fans comfortable and dry during hot summer days and soaking showers. The regular season stretches from April to September, with the thrilling post-season taking place in October. In 2020, the Rays made it all the way to the World Series. Kids love posing for photos with Raymond, the Rays’ goofy mascot, visiting with cownose rays in the touch tank and running the bases after Sunday home games.
Two Major League baseball teams hold their spring training games in the St. Pete/Clearwater area during February and March each year. The Philadelphia Phillies play at BayCare Park in Clearwater, and the Toronto Blue Jays play at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, just north of Clearwater. A little farther afield (pun intended), several teams prepare for Opening Day less than an hour away, including the New York Yankees (Tampa), Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton), Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota), Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) and Atlanta Braves (North Port). With careful planning, you can embark on a road trip from St. Pete to see all 15 Grapefruit League teams play across Florida.