• Root for the home team while visiting the best baseball stadiums

    2012-06-27

    There may be nothing more American than catching a baseball game while on a family travel excursion to a new city. Many major metropolises have their own stadiums and home teams. The venues have games throughout the summer that visitors can attend to cheer on the players and get wrapped up in the excitement of the sport.

    When tourists venture to Colorado to enjoy the scenic landscapes and seasonal attractions, they can pick up some tickets to a Rockies game at Coors Field. In favorable weather, spectators can see the Rocky Mountains from their seats that often frame fly balls hit by the players.

    Not many stadiums can claim to be on a waterfront, but the AT&T Park that hosts the San Francisco Giants does lie on the picturesque harbor. Families can also play in the kids zone playground with a baseball-theme before or after the game.

    Check out baseball's greatest museums  

    If travelers simply want to learn more about the game, they can make a trip to Cooperstown, New York, to experience the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. This complex is full of memorabilia, information and interactive exhibits in which guests of all ages can immerse themselves. Since the 1930s, guests have visited this facility to gaze upon more than 500,000 photographs and thousands of baseball bats, jerseys, balls, hats and other equipment used in the sport for decades. Not only are the displays fun to peruse by all, there is also a special area just for little ones, where they can suit up for a game like the players and a section to read sports books about past female and African-American leagues.

    Another massive baseball complex travelers can see is in the southern state of Kentucky. At the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, visitors can take an up close look at the inner workings of this century-old company. The facility has been crafting baseball bats and other sporting goods since the 1800s and now has a museum to display its products. Guests who venture to Louisville, Kentucky, will also be able to see the biggest bat in the world at the museum, which weighs 68,000 pounds and stands more than 120 feet tall.

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