National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

The major impetus for the road trips my family has become known for is our love of baseball. To date, we’ve seen 22 of the 30 Major League baseball parks and we’re on track to visit two more in 2018. We love baseball. So when we planned a trip to visit friends near Utica, New York we decided to make a short detour to visit the village of Cooperstown, New York, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Independently owned, the National Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first class in 1936 and the original Hall of Fame (which sits on the property of the current museum) opened in 1939. It was built in Cooperstown because of a now debunked theory that Abner Doubelday invented the sport in Cooperstown in 1839.

The museum is quite popular, welcoming about 275,000 visitors each year; on a typical summer day, the museum sees over 2,000 visitors. Many nearby attractions are only open in season (in April-May and September-October with limited hours, and full time June-August), which would make a summer visit appealing. However, if you really want to linger and get up close to every display and plaque in the Hall of Fame (and still have lots of lodging and restaurant choices), come in the quiet off season. I imagine mid and late October would be especially beautiful with the foliage.

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Five Can’t Miss Exhibits at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto

No trip to Toronto would be complete without paying homage to the national winter sport of Canada: hockey.  The original Hockey Hall of Fame opens it's doors in 1961 and then expanded and moved to the current location at Brookfield Place in downtown Toronto in 1993. Throughout the early 2000s, the museum updated and expanded many of the exhibits.  There are a lot of financial offices located inside Brookfield Place, but families might enjoy lunch at one of the quick service spots or local restaurants inside the complex.  Be sure to look up and check out the architecture.

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International Tennis Hall of Fame

This is the second post in a series on my recent visit to Newport, Rhode Island.

Originally called the Newport Casino, the International Tennis Hall of Fame was built in 1880 and hosted the first U.S. Nationals Tennis Championship just one year later. The grounds include a museum, pro shop, museum store, restaurant, 13 grass courts and one clay court open to the public for play during the summer, and six indoor hard courts available for public play during the winter. Each July, the Hall of Fame hosts a weeklong tournament, culminating with induction of new members to the Hall of Fame.

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Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield, Massachusetts

here’s a Hall of Fame for just about every sport in America, and my family has visited six athletic halls of fame to date. Halls of Fame are a great way to learn the history and rules of a sport, the evolution of the game, and the background and stats on famous players. There are always plenty of interactive exhibits to keep children entertained. The “do not touch, please stay quiet” rules of many museums are non existent at athletic halls of fame.

Recently, when my family was in Springfield, Massachusetts, we stopped at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. I’d plan on at least a half day at the Hall of Fame, but if you find yourself with extra time, take a quick five minute drive and visit the Dr. Seuss Museum (read my tips here) or the Springfield Armory (read my tips here).

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Nat'l Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY

Day 3 in my week long series about Saratoga Springs New York:

Along with tens of thousands of racing fans, my family recently made the short pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, New York for the first week of the Saratoga races. We attended the races on a Wednesday (they race six days a week- Tuesdays are “dark”) and you can read all about our adventures at the Saratoga National Historic Site here and the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame here.

There was a break in the action between our morning tours and when our table at Turf Terrace was available, so we took a walk across the street to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. It’s a small museum, but it was the perfect way to spend about an hour and a half learning about the history of racing. Score: children will definitely be entertained.

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