SunTrust Park, the brand new home of the Atlanta Braves, was built with families in mind, and it shows.  From the impressive, carnival-like children’s area to an enormous Atlanta Braves symbol made out of LEGOs, there is so much to see and do before the first pitch. Here are some reasons why you should make this your next family outing:

The Amenities at SunTrust Park

The ballpark is designed to offer optimal, closer viewing of the field from just about any location throughout the concourse areas. You won’t have to miss any action during a food run or restroom break.  We couldn’t believe how easy it was to view the game while checking out all of the attractions.

Parents with young children know how hard it can be to find family-specific restrooms at large venues.  Not to worry- SunTrust Park has no shortage of these, there are 11 family restrooms located throughout the stadium.

Forgot your glove?  No problem! The one-of-a-kind Mizuno Glove Experience allows fans of all ages to check out a baseball glove free of charge to catch foul balls and home runs during the game. Fans can also purchase the glove at the end of the game.

Best Bets for Kids at SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park prides itself in being the first professional sporting venue to have a zip line and climbing tower.  Hope & Will’s Sandlot is an area designed specifically for younger Braves fans, and it houses these star attractions, along with fun carnival games, running to first base and video simulators. Attractions range from $2-$5, and tokens need to be purchased to play games. To avoid long lines on game day, parents should download the mlb.com Ballpark app to reserve a time slot for the zip line or climbing tower. This needs to be done 24 hours before each game time.  Spots go quickly!

My boys also enjoyed spotting the Hope and Will costumed characters as they greeted young Braves fans throughout the kid-friendly area, and this serves as a great photo opportunity.

Parents will appreciate the kid-fare options at the Sandlot Snacks concession stand within Hope & Will’s Sandlot.  The affordable menu features kids’ meals and snacks like hot dogs, mini pizzas, fruit or veggie cups and more from $4- $7.  It also offers healthier drink options, including fruit juices and milk.

The Food at SunTrust Park

With all of the new, delicious food options at SunTrust Park,  it’s hard to make a decision!  The concessions are provided by traditional Atlanta favorites like Fox Bros. BBQ, Chick-fil-A and Waffle House, along with regionally-inspired offerings from five neighboring states.  There are also more upscale offerings from celebrity chefs. Each ticket holder can also bring their own food and one bottle of water into the stadium. The food must fit inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag.

If you’re health-conscious, look for the “Farm to Fan” logo at various concession stands for locally-sourced dishes. Also check out Centerfield Market, a convenience store within the ballpark. It features healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks, including fruits, juices and gluten-free offerings.

Kids will love the way their food is presented. The hot dog served in a large souvenir Atlanta Braves helmet was a hit with my kids!  My five-year-old was also obsessed with the giant pretzels in the shape of an “A” like the Atlanta Braves script logo.

Parking at SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park has 8,000 fewer seats than Turner Field, and it has over 14,000 parking spaces surrounding the stadium.  Be sure to purchase your parking pass online prior to the game, and use the Waze app to direct you to your specific lot, since each lot has its own address. Several lots are pedestrian-friendly since they are within a half-mile from the ballpark entrance.  Kids will love traversing the massive pedestrian bridge to safely reach the ballpark.  Uber is also an option, and there are designated drop-off and pick-up zones right in front.

Our Favorite Things About SunTrust Park: 

  • Families can arrive early and let their children run around the sprawling green space within the Plaza just outside the ballpark entrance. The Plaza has water features, live entertainment and many restaurant options for the entire family.
  • Monument Garden is a must-see for all patrons, and it’s a beautiful historical presentation of the Atlanta Braves throughout the ballpark. It features artifacts, memorabilia, statues and sculptures. Children will especially love the interactive displays and audio features.
  • Fans of all ages will marvel at the unique, giant Atlanta Braves tomahawk symbol made of 17,000 individual LEGO bricks, wow!

-Felicia Barman

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