If you're looking for a family road trip to entertain your family's baseball fantasies, I am sure sitting in the stands at Yankee Stadium, gazing at the Green Monster, and partaking in America’s Favorite pastime, will do the trick.
Going to see the Boston Red Sox’s was our first destination on our Baseball Road Trip. Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts has been around since the early 1900’s and has hosted eight decades of baseball legends. The seating at Fenway park may have been as old as the Titanic, but it brought us a lot closer to players than at most fields. Tickets sell fast so we planned our family trip during a week where it would not be sold out.
Rare sights to be found at Fenway include a working, hand-operated score board, and the legendary left field green monster. Fenway Park remains in its original condition, and I hope they never rebuild it. It is one of the last places you can go to experience baseball like it was during the times of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. In fact, the building opened in 1912 and is now America's oldest baseball park. Although the structure has survived several fires over the years, it still stands strong.
What better stadium to visit next other than the Boston Red Sox’s rival? Yep, the Yankee Stadium in New York City! If you want to see this piece a baseball history like “The House Ruth Built” you'd better hurry, because the ”home of the champions” is set to be demolished in 2009, when the new Yankee Stadium opens. To get the most out of our visit to Yankee Stadium, we took a one-hour tour to walk on the field, sit in the dugout, view the press box, clubhouse, and wander the historic Monument Park. One of the best parts of the tour was walking into the clubhouse where the players since Babe Ruth have suited up for the games.
When doing your Family trip planning don’t forget to include a tour of America’s Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Cooperstown is off the beaten track, but we enjoyed the nice countryside drive. When we arrived at Cooperstown, we took a nice relaxing trolley to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Inside the Hall of Fame, my kids initially gravitated to the most popular players of today, until they started taking a closer look in the locker room, where they saw worn gloves and bats from long ago. This made them stop and think about the players from the past.
My family is crazy about baseball, but our love for baseball grew even fonder on this family trip. Tickets sell fast at all these stadiums, but don’t worry, each of the stadiums hold year round tours, so you’ll always get to explore the stadiums even if you miss an actual game. Family trips to baseball games have always been one of the best ways for our family to spend time together.