Philadelphia’s sports passion permeates every aspect of the city no matter the season.
A Guide to Philadelphia for Baseball Season
During baseball season – which kicks off in the spring and runs through the summer and fall – it’s a sea of red, white, and blue outside of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia. Fans of all ages turn out to root for the home team, the Philadelphia Phillies, featuring standout players like right fielder Bryce Harper, pitcher Aaron Nola, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and others.
In 2026, the city will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence – so it is only fitting that the 2026 MLB All-Star Game will be held in the city where it happened, Philadelphia. It will be the first All-Star Game ever held at Citizens Bank Park.
As thousands of fans descend on the retro-cool, crimson-bricked ballpark on Pattison Avenue this season, consider this your guide on what to see and do while enjoying a ballgame.
With 162 games in the season, there’s bound to be a game that falls on a date and time that works for your busy schedule. Affordable tickets are available at Citizens Bank Park – some fans call it “the Bank,” while others refer to it as “C.B.P.” You can get decent seats in the Terrace Deck for as little as $20. For another affordable ticket option, check out the April Ballpark Pass, which gives you access to 12 games in April (excluding Opening Day) for just $60. To get an eagle-eyed view of Harper, upgrade to the Pavilion Deck (Section 103 or 303). The Phillies also offer a Power Ticket that packs on $12 worth of concessions for only $10. Check the schedule for promotional giveaways and theme nights, too. Dollar Dog Nights sell out fast — and hot dogs have threatened to dethrone the cheesesteak in recent years.
Pro Tip: Wait until an hour before first pitch and grab oversold tickets from StubHub for $10 or less.
Tailgate before, during, or after the game
Tailgating at Phillies games is pretty tame compared to what happens over at the Linc during NFL Sundays. You’ll see couples leisurely playing ladderball, washers and baggo, instead of middle-aged men chugging beers in converted school buses and lounging in kiddie pool saunas. It’s still a scene to be seen, though. The rowdiest parties are in Jetro Lot, named after the Jetro food services warehouse, and just as a heads up: it’s not always family-friendly. One local brewery, Double Nickel, immortalized the lot with their Jetro IPA.
Pro Tip: Count the number of “E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!” chants you hear. The number will increase or decrease based on the Phillies’ win total.
Eat and drink
Whether you get a ticket to a game or not, heading to a local bar can be just as good as sitting in the bleachers at the ball park. Check out our guide for what and where to eat at the ballpark.
See the Phillie Phanatic, the most famous mascot in sports
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, the Phillie Phanatic is the most famous mascot in all of sports. Seriously, that’s a fact. But what exactly is it? The furry, green bird-like creature is originally from the Galápagos Islands and is the Phillies’ biggest fan, according to a biography. The Phanatic can be seen at all home games, usually riding around on his little red scooter while harassing opposing players and umpires and even fans. But, how can you see him or meet him? Well, that’s a bit harder to predict. Your best bet is to get a seat near the dugout since that is where he tends to hold court, gyrating and dancing and flicking his extendable tongue.
Pro Tip: Get tickets for a Phillies game around April 25 — that’s the Phanatic’s birthday weekend and always a fun one at the Bank. Better yet, for a $600 appearance fee, the beloved mascot can show up at your meeting or event.
Take the kids to The Yard
For some family-friendly fun, head to The Yard, an interactive kids’ baseball experience at Citizens Bank Park. The 13,000-square-foot space is in right field in Ashburn Alley and features a bunch of activities for young baseball fans to enjoy. Aspiring professional baseball players will feel like they’re the real deal at Citizens Bank Phan Field, an AstroTurf-covered wiffle ball field complete with a dugout and an MLB-quality padded outfield wall, designed to resemble a miniature version of the actual baseball diamond. Kids can embrace their inner Phanatic and practice launching hot dogs just like the mascot does on Dollar Dog Nights with the Hatfield Franks Hot Dog Launcher. Children can also test their upper-body strength by climbing a 30-foot Phanatic Climbing Wall and see how fast they can throw in the Bullpen Speed Pitch. Of course, no play area would be complete without an ice cream bar. Grab a sweet treat for the little ones after they work up an appetite running around in The Yard. Don’t worry parents, The Yard has something for adults, too. The Backyard Bar proudly serves beer, cocktails, and frozen drinks, perfect for sipping on while watching the kids play.
NOTE: The Yard opens when the ballpark opens and closes in the 7th inning.
View the epic Phillies mural
Philadelphia has long been heralded as the Mural Capital of the World, as colorfully evidenced by the more than 4,000 commissioned drawings and approved graffiti canvassing rooftops, abandoned buildings, random walls and street corners. At the corner of 24th and Walnut Streets in Center City stands a stunning tribute to the ghosts of baseball past. Completed by artist David McShane in 2015, the 3,750 square-foot mural towers eight stories high and can be seen daily by commuters traveling on the Schuylkill Expressway. The nostalgic mural is adorned by Phillies legends Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Ryan Howard, Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas and Chase Utley, among others. However, it’s the dramatically larger-than-life images of closers Tug McGraw and Brad Lidge that steal the show and elicit tears in diehards, posed in perpetuity as they celebrate the franchise’s only two World Series championships (1980 & 2008).
Pro Tip: Ask a local resident where they were on October 31, 2008 when Chase Utley gave his speech during a parade after the Phillies won the World Series. Just trust us on this one.
Bet, bet, bet on the home team
Pennsylvania finally legalized sports gambling in 2018, meaning the hometown faithful can literally put their money where their mouth is. For those feeling lucky, head over to Rivers Casino in nearby Fishtown. There are other gambling options outside the city limits, too, including: Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino.
Pro Tip: Make sure to hit an ATM before you get to the casino so you don’t get charged a service fee (which can run up to $10).
For Really Devoted Fans
Pay your respects at Laurel Hill Cemetery
There are few names in Philly sports lore that will arouse stronger emotions than Harry Kalas. The legendary play-by-play announcer served as the voice of the Phillies for 38 years until his untimely death in 2009 — fittingly, perhaps heroically, Kalas collapsed and died in the broadcast booth before a road game in Washington, D.C. Today, many longtime Phillies fans pay their respects by making the short trek down Kelly Drive and visiting his grave, located in historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Kalas’ tombstone is marked with an impressive stone microphone, flanked by old stadium seats from Veterans Stadium, begging guests to turn on the radio and linger with Harry the K for a few innings.
Pro Tip: Spend an entire afternoon at Laurel Hill and look for famous burials, like General George Meade, David Rittenhouse, Frank Furness and the fictional Adrian Balboa – wife of Rocky Balboa from the classic film Rocky.