I know how hard it is to get young kids out of the house to go somewhere - even quick outings require you to pack enough snacks, diapers, and toys to make you think you’ll be gone for a week. And who wants to wrestle kids in and out of carseats just to find out that your destination isn’t kid-friendly? That’s why I’ve decided to visit Triangle area sites to see if they’re worth your trip. I won’t use a rating system but I’ll try to describe what you’ll see well enough for you to decide if your kids would find it interesting. I’ll also give you the heads up on bathrooms, stroller accessibility and any other SNAFUs I encounter.


Duke Baseball at Jack Coombs Field - Durham

Duke athletics website  (Use the directions on the website to get there, it can be tricky to find.)

Yes Triangle, there is another baseball team in Durham….one you can even see for free.

               Concessions are provided by a trailer parked by the entrance.

              Bathrooms are located on the rear wall of the stadium. You'll find a door on your left just before you encounter the dumpster. Once inside you'll find a small hall with bathrooms. They're pretty clean especially for a ballpark.

             Free parking is across the driveway from the stadium but it's a small lot. More parking exists by the sports medicine building on the other side of the current construction project.

            There's a grassy hill above one of the dugouts for sitting on or letting the kids play. My kids played out there with some other young spectators. At one point I was worried my very loud son was distracting the batter.

            The net behind home plate protects the stands from foul balls, but off to the sides and the hill is open territory so kids playing on the hill need to keep an eye to the sky for fouls.

            This was a great family outing for an early summer evening - low stress and homey. An intimate sports experience.