For a sports enthusiast, sometimes the best vacation is one that takes them down memory lane. This often includes a trip to one of the top sports museums across the United States. If you have a favorite team or a sport you just can’t live without, consider taking a trip to one of these great sports museums this year:
Baseball Hall of Fame
Located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a Mecca for baseball fans of all ages. This museum hosts multimedia exhibits and has artifacts and mementos on display from every era of baseball. Learn about the history of the sport’s early days and get an interactive experience when viewing some of the greatest records of baseball. There are two rooms dedicated to individual players; Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. You’ll also get to see the exhibit dedicated to the all women’s league that captivated the nation during WWII and inspired the movie A Field of Dreams. The Sandlot Kids exhibit gives kids a chance to experience professional baseball and its history with exciting, age-appropriate interactive displays.
The Sports Museum
Not every major city has a sports museum dedicated to its teams, but Boston has never been a typical sports town. The Sports Museum is located inside the TD Garden. It houses exhibits honoring the Boston Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox, as well as the New England Patriots. When you visit this museum, you’ll also learn about the history of the Boston Redskins—the NFL team that is currently located in Washington and has been the center of much debate due to its name.
The museum has a special exhibit honoring the history and tradition of Boston Garden and an exhibit recognizing the achievements of women in basketball. Even if you aren’t a fan of Boston, this museum is worth a visit just to see the unique artifacts. Where else in the world will you see a display dedicated to the shoes Adam Vinatieri was wearing when he kicked the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI?
Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a must-see for NFL fans. You may not have thought about vacationing in Canton, Ohio before, but this museum is absolutely worth the trip. The Super Bowl Theater offers a look back at every Super Bowl game ever played. Visitors can see highlights of the most current season’s victors and learn about the sport’s history. Traveling exhibits are hosted throughout the year that give fans secret glimpses into the lives of players and the histories of teams. Of course, you’ll also get to see the displays honoring those who have been inducted into the hall of fame as well.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
For fans of stock car racing, there is no better museum to visit than the NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. You’ll begin your visit to the museum by watching a movie about the history and roots of stock car racing in the High Octane Theater. A 64-foot screen brings you into the action as you learn how daredevil drivers transformed into the stock car drivers we know today.
The Great Hall is filled with specimens of race cars and interactive displays that are fun for all ages. Visit The Glory Road to see classic race cars, including the Hudson Hornet, the Ford Starliner, and the Ford Fairlane, all decked out in their racing best. Once you have seen everything the museum has to offer, grab a bite to eat in the Pit Stop Café and pick up a few collectibles in the Gear Shop gift store.
The top sports museums across the United States offer plenty for the die-hard fan. When you are ready to plan your next vacation, consider one of these locales to celebrate your favorite sport.
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