Our son Luke wanted to go to his first Padres game to celebrate his 6th birthday. Great idea! He chose a friend to come with us and the family set off to enjoy a game at Petco Park.
When we started to plan the the event, we searched for tickets at both Padres.com and StubHub.com. Both are trustworthy places to buy your tickets. The next 'purchase' was finding a way over to the stadium or parking for the drive over the bridge. Here is a cost comparison of the two we researched:
Petco Water Shuttle (from Coronado Ferry Landing)i: $4.25 each way for an adult. Free for kids 3 and under. For smaller groups, this is a very relaxing way to cross the bay and arrive at the stadium. Cost for two adults roundtrip is $17.
Parking at 8th & Harbor (Hilton Garage): $15 per car. Coming from Coronado, you can take Exit 13A (first exit heading South coming from Coronado) and skip getting on the 5 freeway. Directions via Google Maps.
Since we had 6 people in our party, we opted to skip the water shuttle and drive over ($15 vs. $51). From the time we crossed the Coronado Bridge and found a parking spot at the Hilton Garage, it took about 10 minutes. Keep in mind that we left about 30 minutes before the game started. You can find parking for a cheaper price, but the ease of parking so easily and avoiding the freeway made this a great choice. Side note: we left at the end of the game and it took about 20-25 minutes to get back over the bridge to Coronado.
From the parking garage, you will want to get to the third level and make your way to the recently opened Petco Park pedestrian bridge (photos below). It's about a 5 minute walk from the parking garage to the stadium and it gave us a few great views. When you get to the other side of the bridge, there are both stairs and an elevator as options to descend.
Walking across the Petco Park pedestrian bridge. A short 5 minute walk from the parking structure.
Great views of Petco Park from the pedestrian bridge.
Luke and Brant were very excited - can you tell?
A view of both the Petco Park pedestrian bridge and the Coronado bridge.
There was a special promotion for kids at our Padres game, so all three kids in our group received a free Padres baseball hat. When planning your game purchase, remember to see if there are any special promotions - you can view them by clicking here.
Once inside the stadium, we headed straight for our seats so we could check out the view and make sure we were there to enjoy the national anthem. Since this game was part of the 'Military Appreciation Series', they were honoring the Navy and doing a special helicopter flyover:
The view from our seats.
6 year old boys tend to get a bit goofy if they sit in one place for too long.
After about 4 innings, the boys were ready to explore Petco Park, so we decided to head towards the back of the stadium to check out the 'kids area'. Petco Park has mini-baseball field and park area for kids to play baseball and other games while at a real baseball game. You can purchase seats on the grass ($5) or bleachers ($10).
Grass seating area - bring a blanket. Great place to enjoy the game with little ones.
Kids can play mini-baseball at Petco Park. It does tend to get a bit crowded at times, but it's a lot of fun.
Here are the beacher seats complete with 'sandy beach' in the very front.
There are tons of food options at Petco Park including the famous Friar Franks.
When we got back to our seats, the Pad-Squad ladies led a birthday song for Luke complete with a few Padres gifts.
We hope you enjoyed the visual recap of our day and we encourage you to catch a Padres game this season. Whether the Padres win or lose, Petco Park is a gem of a stadium to explore and we have no doubt that you will enjoy the experience.
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