We’re not really sure what’s been hotter of late: the temperature outside or the play of our Houston Astros. As we write this post, the American League West division leaders have won nine of their last 10 games, several of which have come in dramatic fashion.

If you have yet to make a game this season, then it’s time to start planning. Fans would agree that Minute Maid Park is one of the most fun, unique stadiums in all of baseball. Keep reading for tips on where to eat, how to get to the park, and much more.

How to purchase tickets

Single-game tickets at Minute Maid range in price depending on where you wish to sit. Want the best possible view of Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Gerrit Cole, and other Astros? Then be prepared to fork over some cash.

In terms of where to buy tickets, your best bet is going through the Astros official website. Granted, some folks take a chance scooping up seats through third party vendors. Word of caution here: fans are sold fake tickets from such sellers on a regular basis.

Headed to Minute Maid for the first time? Then be sure to purchase tickets that provide a clear view of left field and the train behind.

Where to eat

Don’t want to spend $20 on a beer and a bratwurst? You’re not alone, as many Astros fans choose to dine at one of the nearby restaurants instead. Just be sure to get downtown early, as spots close to Minute Maid become packed close to first pitch.

If you would rather grab some eats inside the ballpark, there plenty of delicious options. Here are just a few:

  1. El Real Tex Mex – Who says you can’t enjoy the authentic flavors of the southwest at a baseball game? Once you’re inside Minute Maid, head to the main concourse near section 125. You can take your pick between marinated chicken or beef.
  2. Texas Smoke – Maybe we’re biased, but Texas BBQ and an Astros game go great together. Check out Texas Smoke by sections 125 or 406 and good luck resisting their famous BBQ brisket-topped baked potatoes.
  3. Texas Legend Grill – Treat yourself to juicy burgers and steak fries with fresh Nolan Ryan 100 percent beef. This food joint also has chicken tenders and French fries for the kiddos.

How to get to the park

Houston traffic is nothing to take lightly. That’s why many fans decide to take the light rail and rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. However, there is an easier, more comfortable option for transportation downtown: a charter bus.

Astros fans have relied on Merlo’s Charters for hassle-free charter bus trips for nearly two decades. As opposed to a traditional shuttle ride where you’re squished with random passengers, Merlo’s allows you to get to the game in style and on your time.

Whether you’re interested in a mini charter bus, an SUV, or a luxury towncar, Merlo’s has options to meet your needs.

Let us make your next Astros game a memorable one. See what makes Merlo’s the best charter bus service in Houston.