22 Jun Top 6 Sports Vacation Destinations for Super Fans
For the better part of human history, sports have defined our culture and taught us to embrace friendly competition. In 2016, with more ways to watch sports any time of the day, it is a great time to be a sports fan. However, even the biggest super fans need a vacation every now and again.
That brings us to a unique type of traveler who knows what they want out of a vacation—to follow their passion. So, we came up with six of the best sports vacation destinations in the U.S. that will allow sports fanatics to indulge their addiction, while also providing great experience for their families as well!
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New England’s metropolitan hub offers much in terms of sports. The city’s professional teams are some of the most successful in the history of American sports, and as a result, Boston’s citizens are rightfully sports-crazed! Fenway Park is the undisputed #1 item on any fan’s wishlist, as it contains more than 100 years of baseball history! The Bruins and Celtics also play in town, along with several outstanding NCAA hockey teams at Boston College and Boston University. For those up for a drive, the NBA Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, MA, just 90 minutes away!
Call a timeout from the sports attractions to enjoy other notable Boston landmarks like the Freedom Trail, the Bunker Hill Monument, and Faneuil Hall!
Upstate New York
The Adirondacks are great for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, but there’s one thing about Upstate New York that tends to get overlooked—its place in sports history! No sports vacation trip to New York is complete without a stop in Cooperstown to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Further North, the Lake Placid area will transport you back to the 1980 Olympics where Team USA defeated the USSR hockey team in the famous “miracle on ice” match!
Take a breather by heading to the Finger Lakes region of the state for plenty of outdoor activities and vineyard tours!
The Midwestern cities of Chicago and Milwaukee are both famous for their history in sports. Chicago is home to 5 major professional sports teams, including the Cubs at the world-famous Wrigley Field! Don’t miss the stained glass portrait of Michael Jordan at Navy Pier, either! Further north, the Milwaukee area is home to Green Bay, WI, where the Packers have competed for 90 years. Every football fan needs to make the pilgrimage to Lambeau Field and walk through the brand new Titletown District!
Don’t miss out on the area’s best cuisine while you’re there. Deep dish pizza is an absolute must, with famous spots like Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, and Nino’s!
Many surveys and studies claim that the City of Brotherly Love is also the most sports-intensive city in the nation. The Eagles, Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies all call the city home, and there are ample sports venues and pubs where you can watch the game. Other sports-themed attractions are spread throughout the city, like the stone steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art that Rocky once famously ascended.
Blow the whistle on the your sports-themed adventure by taking time to explore other Philadelphia mainstays, like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Zoo!
You may not think of the Sunshine State when it comes to sports, but there is a entire world of sports waiting for fans to discover! Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is a massive venue where tournaments and special events take place year round—the Atlanta Braves even hold their spring training there. NASCAR fans absolutely must travel to the Daytona 500, one of the most exciting races of the year. For fishing enthusiasts, Southern Florida has some of the best trophy fishing in the country!
Trade your sports attractions in for a day at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios for a fun-filled getaway with the family!
When people think of Louisville sports, they think of one thing—horse racing. Each year, the Kentucky Derby draws thousands of spectators and all the bourbon or mint juleps you could ask for! Visit Churchill Downs for the Derby or other racing events and try your luck by placing a few bets! Louisville is also home to great college sports and the Muhammad Ali Center.
Break up your sports vacation in Louisville by checking out other great attractions like the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Science Center, and the Louisville Mega Caverns.
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