For about six weeks every year, Clearwater, FL is at the very center of Phillies Nation. Since 1967, the Philadelphia Phillies have held spring training at the Carpenter Field Complex and for decades, played their spring training games four miles away at Jack Russell Stadium. In 2004 when a new, state of the art baseball stadium, Brighthouse Networks Field, was built right next to Carpenter Field.
Thousands of Phillies fans flock to this area to get up close and possibly get an autograph or two from some of the players. If you decide to make the trip, there are plenty of places to visit while you are here. Here are five things (other then watching practice and games) for Phillies fans to do while vacationing in Clearwater:
#1) Lenny's Restaurant - located one block south of Brighthouse Networks Field, this is the NUMBER 1 place for Phillies fans to stop and eat. Why is it the number 1 place for Phillies fans? Because it's a popular spot for players and personnel as well.
#2) The Original Hooters Restaurant - Opened in 1983, this is the one that started it all. The entire restaurant was remodeled and expanded in February 2012, but you can still see the original exterior walls and second story on the southwest corner of the restaurant. If you at at Brighthouse Networks Field, head west on Drew Street, then make a right on Hampton. You can't miss it.
#3) Clearwater Beach - Good thing we have this warm, award winning, beach to help get us through this 70 degrees a day winter. Miles and miles of pure white sand. Pier 60 has plenty of stuff going on, including a playground for kids. The beachwalk allows you to stroll the entire south end of the beach as well. As your making your way back from the beach, look for the "Welcome Back Phillies!" sign as you come over the top of the bridge.
#4) Frenchy's Restaurants - Before their was the Frenchy's Tiki Pavilion (located in leftfield at Brighthouse Networks Field), there was the Frenchy's Cafe, Frenchy's Saltwater Grill, and Frenchy's Rockaway Grill. The newest addition to the "Frenchy Restaurant Family" is the South Beach Cafe. All of these restaurants are located within a few miles of each other on Clearwater Beach, with the most popular being the Rockaway Grill.
#5) Jack Russell Stadium - From 1955 - 2003, this is where the Philadelphia Phillies played their spring training games. It's located about 4 miles west of Brighthouse Networks Field.
#6) Other MLB Spring Training Facilities - The Toronto Blue Jays are about 15 minutes northwest in Dunedin while the New York Yankees train about 15-20 minutes due east in Tampa.
#7) Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Come see one of our most famous residents, "Winter" the dolphin. Winter was injured when she was caught in a crab trap off the Florida Coast. She ended up losing her tail and became the first recipient of a prosthetic fin! Her story of survival has been an inspiration to millions and even inspired the hollywood movie, Dolphin Tale
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