If you love baseball, these iconic spots belong on your roster.
1. CACTUS LEAGUE, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies gear up for the season at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where kids are sometimes allowed to run the bases after the game. Nearby Surprise, Arizona, is the spring-training home of the Texas Rangers, and the San Francisco Giants go to work inside Scottsdale Stadium. Spring training runs through March 31.
2. NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK
This iconic sports shrine traces the history and cultural significance of the game through memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Youngsters under 12 and their families can visit the Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse for interactive, youth-focused experiences. In July, nearly 20,000 fans will flock to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
3. BIG LEAGUE TOURS
Are you a fan of Fenway? Have you been to Coors Field or Miller Park? If not, then a Big League Tour might be a perfect fit for your family. You’ll hang out with players, get on the field, get inside the dugouts and catch a batting practice. Tours and vacation packages make it possible to hear the crack of the bat in your favorite city.
4. FIELD OF DREAMS, DYERSVILLE, IOWA
Make your way to traditional Iowa farm country where reality mixes with fantasy to make dreams — and movies that star Kevin Costner — come true. Bring your own gear and play catch on the century-old farm that boasts the world-famous baseball diamond. Learn more about the book behind the movie “Field of Dreams” and the curveballs thrown by Mother Nature during filming.
5. GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE, FLORIDA
Fifteen teams train through April 1 at 13 locations throughout the Sunshine State. Catch the Houston Astros in action at the new Balpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. Astrophiles flock to the stadium where they can have immersive spring-training experience, one that takes fans through training fields and workout facilities before they even set foot in the 6,400 seat ballpark.