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Road trip: Grapefruit League's Spring Training

One of Florida’s best road trip itineraries takes place during Spring Training. A few stadiums are still easy day trips from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, but it’s more fun to take in a few games over several days at different stadiums. You’ll have a chance to get closer to professional baseball’s stars, check out the rookies, and see how the veterans look in this month-long warm-up.

The Grapefruit League’s first game is Detroit at Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 22, but the season really kicks off the next day with eight games. Spring Training runs through March 30, but some of the last two days’ games are played closer to teams’ homes, outside Florida. You’ll find a master schedule here.

A Spring Training road trip can get you off the interstates and take you into some of Florida’s most interesting small towns, which you can explore when you’re not at a stadium. For this part, I like Florida Rambler’s Guide to Spring Training, which helps you design your own itinerary with information about campgrounds, beaches, bicycle trails and other things to do near each of the stadiums. See you at the ballpark!