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Going to Red Sox or Twins Spring Training? Design Your Day in Fort Myers!

Jan 25, 2018 11:58AM ● Published by Kevin

Grapefruit League baseball kicks off in Southwest Florida in less than a month, with the Red Sox and Twins' pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13, while the first full-squad workout takes place on Feb. 19.

The Florida Grapefruit League has called Florida home for more than 125 years. Each Spring, its website says, "15 MLB teams venture south from the cold up north to soak up the Florida sunshine and prepare for the season ahead. We invite you to join us this year for our best spring training yet!"

Those teams include the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.

So, if you're hoping to catch a foul ball this spring, dust off that old glove and gear up to fulfill that once-a-year craving for Cracker Jacks. The Sox and Twins face off is at 1:05 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 23, at JetBlue Park, home to the Red Sox!

Spring Training in 2018 marks the seventh season of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, which also serves as the adjoining Player Development Complex for the Boston Red Sox in Lee County.

"A number of the characteristics of the ballpark are taken from Fenway Park, including a 'Green Monster' and a manual scoreboard. JetBlue Park at Fenway South captures elements of Southwest Florida, including seashells within its brick foundation and the architecture of the white roof, mimicking cypress trees in the distance," according to the park's website. "Environmentally-sustainable features are incorporated throughout the facility and Complex."

The main ballpark has a total capacity of approximately 11,000 fans (including standing room and berm), six practice fields, and other adjoining facilities that will house both the Major and Minor League operations and a rehabilitation center, the website continues.

The Twins' home opener takes place at 1:05 p.m., on Feb. 25, against the Tampa Bay Rays, at Hammond Stadium.

Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex are recognized as one of Baseball America's Top-5 Spring Training facilities, according to MILB.com.

Renovated in 2015, the CenturyLink Sports Complex features plenty of parking inside the CenturyLink Sports Complex gates, new SkySuites with outdoor seating, high-defintion television with food and beverage options, full-service bars at third base and right field, an outfield boardwalk with a 360-degree view of the game, a 2,800-square-foot, two-story team store, two shaded SkyDecks for groups, a picturesque setting known as Fountain Plaza by the beautiful waterfall fountain near the stadium entrance, and the Kids Zone on the veranda, where kids can enjoy a bounce house and speed pitch.

Below is a list of our top places to go if you're looking for things to do before, during or after the game!

Arts & Entertainment

Local Color - Fort Myers Beach FL

Local Color - Fort Myers Beach, FL

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Laugh-In Comedy Cafe - Fort Myers FL

Laugh-In Comedy Cafe - Fort Myers, FL

Laugh-In Comedy Cafe has been making people laugh 'till they hurt for over 27 years, and continues a rich tradition of bringing the best comedic acts to Ft Myers and surrounding SW Florid... Read More » 

 

SoCo Cultural District  - Fort Myers FL

SoCo Cultural District - Fort Myers, FL

The SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl was created and founded by visual artist and gallery owner David Acevedo in 2016. The innaugural event was held 10/8/16 in the newly established SoCo Cu... Read More » 

 

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Fort Myers FL

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - Fort Myers, FL

Broadway Palm is now celebrating its 25th Season. The theatre entertains over 170,000 guests annually. The facility includes a 450-seat dinner theatre, a 100-seat “black-box” theatre call... Read More » 

 

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall - Fort Myers FL

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall - Fort Myers, FL

Located on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers Florida, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall features the largest proscenium stage in Southwest Florida. The... Read More » 

 

Outdoors & Recreation

SAIL SWFL - Fort Myers Beach FL

SAIL SWFL - Fort Myers Beach, FL

Sail the enchanting waters of Southwest Florida in comfort for an afternoon, a sunset, or for the whole day. Book your catamaran sailing charter cruise today! This magnificent sailing ... Read More » 

 

Bamboozles Roller Skating  Event Center - Fort Myers FL

Bamboozles Roller Skating & Event Center - Fort Myers, FL

At Bamboozles Skating & Event Center, good times and memorable moments are our specialties. We think the host of an event should have just as much fun as the guests, which is why we p... Read More » 

 

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers FL

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers, FL

The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization located in Fort Myers, Florida. Our 105 acre site has a museum, three nature ... Read More » 

 

Salty Sams Pirate Cruise - Fort Myers Beach FL

Salty Sam's Pirate Cruise - Fort Myers Beach, FL

Step into a 90 minute interactive comedy adventure aboard the Pieces of Eight, a 65ft replica Spanish galleon. Ye will be sworn in as pirates, have live cannon rounds, a mutiny against th... Read More » 

 

Crescent Beach Family Park - Fort Myers Beach FL

Crescent Beach Family Park - Fort Myers Beach, FL

This 2.25-acre beachfront park sits at the foot of the Matanzas Bridge on Estero Blvd., along a 400-ft. stretch of beach. It has two modular restrooms, two handicap parking spaces, four a... Read More » 

 

Food & Drink

Twisted Vine Bistro - Fort Myers FL

Twisted Vine Bistro - Fort Myers, FL

Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic river district, prides itself in an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef,... Read More » 

 

Millennial Brewing Company - Fort Myers FL

Millennial Brewing Company - Fort Myers, FL

Millennial Brewing Company is the first crowd-funded brewery concept to come to Southwest Florida. Multi-tasking, connected, and tech-savvy are all terms used to describe the quintessenti... Read More » 

 

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Downtown Social House: New Downtown Fort Myers Venue a Spot for Happy Hours, Events and More

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Small Plates, Big Flavor at Blanc in Fort Myers

Blanc is a very small space filled with an ambiance and atmosphere that is not found anywhere in Southwest Florida, according to owner and chef Jean Claude Roge. Read More » 

 

The Standard  - Fort Myers FL

The Standard - Fort Myers, FL

With over fifty years combined experience in the food industry, brothers Chris and Doug Blauvelt introduce their latest culinary venture. Located in the heart of Downtown Ft. Myers, The S... Read More » 

 

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