Score a home run with your clan by planning a baseball adventure. Here are four vacation spots where peanuts, popcorn and hot dogs are on the menu.
1. 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 museum’s Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse for interactive, youth-focused experiences. Overnights in the museum also are possible. Each year during the last weekend in July, nearly 20,000 fans flock to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
2. BIG LEAGUE TOURS Are you a fan of Fenway? Have you been to Wrigley Field? A Big League Tour might be a perfect fit for your family. Depending on the tour, you’ll hang out with MLB players, get on the field, inside the dugouts or catch a batting practice. Tours and vacation packages make it possible to hear the crack of the bat in your favorite cities or an entire region.
3. WORLD OF LITTLE LEAGUE MUSEUM, South Williamsport, Pennsylvania Founded in 1939, the Little League organization has provided the spark for many who have gone on to play in the big leagues. In this museum — dedicated to the world’s largest organized youth sports program — you and your family will find plenty of mementos, interactive exhibits and immersive media offering compelling stories about the sport’s development and how it intertwined with American history.
4. CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE, Massachusetts Cape Cod is a popular summer destination for water activities, but since 1885 it’s also been home to the popular amateur baseball league, which boasts a 44-game regular-season schedule and a postseason championship series. One of the season’s highlights will be the 2016 Cape League All-Star game on July 23 at Veterans Field. Before the game, check out the league’s Hall of Fame exhibit at the JFK Museum in Hyannis.