If this idea of watching a great baseball game while enjoying a summer evening sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to check out the Cape Cod Baseball League. This collegiate summer baseball league takes place on Cape Cod throughout most of the summer, and it’s the perfect way to see some great baseball during your Cape Cod family vacation.
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Family Guide to the Cape Cod Baseball League
What is the Cape Cod Baseball League?
The Cape Cod Baseball League, takes place in the summer, between mid-June and mid-August. There are ten teams representing the various Cape Cod towns, and there’s both an East and a West division. Like the MLB, there’s both an all-star game as well as playoffs.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is comprised of college players, many of whom will eventually be drafted into the major leagues. Therefore, the games are quite competitive and are very fun to watch. The league is currently celebrating its 100-year anniversary, although it has roots further back into the 1800s.
Teams and Venues of the Cape Cod Baseball League
The Cape Cod Baseball League has ten different leagues located in the various towns around Cape Cod. These include the following (their home field is listed in parentheses):
- The Bourne Braves (Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School)
- The Brewster Whitecaps (Stony Brook Elementary School))
- The Chatham Anglers (Veteran’s Field)
- The Cotuit Kettleers (Lowell Park)
- The Falmouth Commodores (Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field)
- The Harwich Mariners (Monomoy Regional High School)
- The Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Pope John Paul II High School)
- The Orleans Firebirds (Nauset Regional Middle School))
- The Wareham Gateman (Wareham High School) – note that this location is actually on mainland Massachusetts, west of Cape Cod
- The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School)
Going to a Cape Cod Baseball League Game
Cape Cod Baseball League games are held from mid-June to mid-August each year. It’s easy to check the website of the league and/or the specific team to see the time, date, and location of the games.
Cape Cod Baseball League games are free, which is great for families. It can be frustrating to pay for regular baseball league tickets and then have your kids want to leave. This way, you can go to the game, get the experience, and leave whenever your kids are ready to go. Parking is also free.
The Cape Cod League is a great introduction to baseball for kids, and the talent is excellent. These games are really fun to watch.
Tickets aren’t sold and are not required. Just find the time of the game and arrive in advance for the best seating options. Our home team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, plays at the local high school. Doors open 90 minutes before game time.
Each field has different seating options. Most families, however, bring their own chairs, or a blanket to watch the game. While bleachers may be available, you shouldn’t count on them as an option, since seating is usually limited.
While tickets aren’t sold, donations are typically solicited at the entrance. So, bring along some cash if you’d like to contribute.
There will also be merchandise available for purchase. At our field, there are t-shirts, long-sleeved tees, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, and more. Cape Cod Baseball League merchandise is also a great gift idea for the baseball lover in your life.
Snacks and food can also be purchased. I also have seen many people bring their own food. It’s really up to you. Typically the games take place in the evenings, so you can spend the day on your other Cape Cod activities with your family, and then head to the field for a game.
If you’ve got kids who love to play baseball or softball, they may want to bring their gloves. Kids are encouraged to run and catch (and keep) foul balls, and many really seem to enjoy the chase.
While you may be tempted to just see a game in the area near where you are vacationing on Cape Cod, I’d encourage you to consider visiting other fields/teams. This can be an easy and affordable way to see the different towns on Cape Cod.
Games do get rained out if the weather isn’t cooperating, so keep an eye on the teams’ social media profiles if the weather seems to be a little questionable. That way, you won’t head to the field to find out that the game has been postponed.
Whether you are a seasoned baseball fan, or it’s your first time seeing a game, you’ll have a great experience seeing a Cape League game.
Where to Stay
We have lots of recommendations for where to stay on Cape Cod. Our favorite Cape Cod family resorts are listed in this post, while our favorite luxury Cape Cod resorts are listed in this post. You can also search the map below to find both hotels and vacation homes in the area.
Frequently Asked Questions
The games are free and don’t have tickets. You can just show up and attend.
While there may be bleachers available, it’s best to bring your own chairs/blankets to the games.
Merchandise for the home team is offered at games. You can also find merchandise for the league available to purchase online.
Collegiate athletes play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. You’ll hear each team listed when the announcement for the player is made.
These games are definitely popular with both vacationers and locals. But they aren’t nearly as crowded as a major league game (or even minor league games). It’s really a great way to see a game.