Who are you rooting for? Red Sox or Cardinals? (By the way, were those really the same Cardinals who beat the Dodgers in the play-offs?)
This below is an older post, but still relevant for planning a summer trip revolving around baseball. There are some historic stadiums to visit, as well as classic sites for the family.
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America’s favorite past-time is also a foundation for a memorable summer vacation.
There is something special about bringing kids to a baseball game… I have always found that the pace of the sport lets you have unpressured conversations with your kids…. or do silly things together like “the wave” to cheer your team on.
So baseball makes a good backdrop for a family trip…. and you can sneak in other sightseeing as well. Our national teams play more than 100 games in about 6 months, with multiple games every week, so you can be sure to catch a few anywhere on your journey. Go to New York and visit two ball parks in the Apple… or drive a wider path in California and visit five ballparks in the north and south. OR for the true blue fanatic, drive cross country to see all 30 ballparks!
If you want to take a major league migration, make sure you cover all your bases:
Plan in advance… make sure you check the schedule and know when the team you want to visit is home.
Budget accordingly – that foot long dog can cost you an arm and a leg. Ballpark food is tres cher…and ballpark parking can be also.
Try to save money on tickets by going to websites like Stub Hub.
There are also organized touring companies to help you if you choose – to me this is a pretty easy trip to plan, but just in case you are curious, two companies I have heard of are : BigLeagueTours.com… and Baseballtoursusa.com.
One last baseball stop to consider on a trip is Cooperstown, NY – The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. With more than 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts… three million documents… and 500,000 photographs, this institution is a home run. There are rooms dedicated to Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron… a clubhouse for kids… and various exhibits examining things like baseball parks past and present. It is more crowded in the summer, but isn’t everything?
Be sure to check if any players will be inducted into the hall of fame when you want to go. It is a big deal with many activities for the entire family. For more info and to buy tickets go to: baseballhall.org
This may be your summer to hit one out of the park!