In February, many of us dream of the beach. We’re also getting an itch for It’s also almost time for our itch for Cardinals baseball. to be scratched. Good thing spring training is near. A vacation to Jupiter, Fla., spring training home of the Cardinals, may be just what the doctor ordered.
Directions Tours LLC St. Louis • Motorcoach tour includes three Cardinals games plus an extra day in Orlando. Included are Flagler Palm Beach Estate and Museum and intercoastal water dining in Jupiter. Stay is at an all-suite hotel in Palm Beach and includes 12 meals. Trip is March 6-12, $1,677 per person based on double occupancy (flight option is available). 314-577-0077 or cardsspringtraining.com.
Sunrise Tours • Trip includes overnights in Georgia and Orlando on the way to Palm Beach Gardens, where you’ll stay in the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Beach Gardens. Travelers catch four games (and some batting practice). In celebration of Sunrise’s 20th year traveling to Florida for Cardinals spring training, Major League umpire Al Clark will attend a special meet-and-greet session. Tours run March 7-14 and include 14 meals. The price is $1,749 based on double occupancy. Sunrise also has a flying option and a “batting practice” tour. travelsunrise.com or 314-771-8300.
Jupiter Beach Resort, an upscale hotel accessible to beaches and spring training, is offering its Play Ball! package. It includes:
• 10 percent off best available rates on all room types.
• Welcome gift, including a beach ball, baseball, red Sharpie pen and a box of Cracker Jack.
• $10 for a hotdog and beverage at Roger Dean Stadium (after tickets are presented at the stadium).
• Daily breakfast for two.
Rates start at $324 per night and are valid from Feb. 25-April 1. To reserve, call 1-866-943-0950 or book online at jupiterbeachresort.com.
The Cardinals offer spring training packages, too. They include a choice of accommodations with optional additional nights available, car rental, an exclusive reception and dinner featuring a season preview with select Cardinals players and personnel, game tickets, custom spring training merchandise and hotel and car taxes. Options include airfare, car rental upgrades and more. Prices for a double occupancy, two-night stay start at $754 per person (at the Marriott West Palm Beach; other hotel options available). A special five-night or seven-night escorted tour for seniors has sold out. For more info, go to cardinals.com/springtravel.
St. Louis Cardinals spring training
When • Feb. 25 to March 29
How to get there • Jupiter is about 1,100 miles from St. Louis. Palm Beach International is the nearest airport.
Where • Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main Street, Jupiter, Fla.