Tired of Fenway Park prices? If you'd like a budget-conscious day at a ballpark with some quality baseball to boot, then check out the home of the Portland Sea Dogs. The Class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has served as breeding ground for such current Sox stars as Jonathan Papelbon, Kevin Youkilis, and Jon Lester. Try these prices: box seats $9; reserved seats $8, general admission $7. And parking is $5. Hadlock Field is like a mini-Fenway in Port land - a cozy 7,368 seats, with a left-field wall called the Maine Monster. It's kitschy fun - they also play Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning - and the baseball is good enough for diehards.
271 Park Ave., Portland, Maine, portlandseadogs.com, 207-879-9500.
(Text: Steve Morse; Photo: Courtesy Portland Sea Dogs)