Hobby Holidays: Vacations for Sports Fans, Sci-Fi Lovers, Rockers, and Families
If you’re tired of making the same pilgrimage on your family vacation every year, try incorporating what you love to do on a daily basis. Hobby Holidays are becoming more mainstream and easier to plan. There something for everyone and these vacations are great for sports fans, sci-fi lovers, rockers, and families. So, pack up the kids and use your family’s passion for travel inspiration.
Baseball – If your kids can’t get enough of bats, balls, and playing on the diamond, then a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a must. The Cooperstown location in New York is packed with all things baseball including the science behind the game. If New York is out of your league budget, try the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Kentucky. Your kids will see how bats are made and even get to swing bats used by baseball legends like David Ortiz and Cal Ripken Jr.
Sci-Fi – Stop by the Kennedy Space Center just outside the hustle of Orlando. It’s a great break from theme parks and your kids can have lunch with an astronaut or try a family astronaut training experience. If your group wants try something a bit more challenging, go to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama for a 3 or 4 day program where children as young as 7 will take on mock missions in authentic flight simulators.
Rock n’ Roll – If your kids love music, then touring the Gibson Guitar Factory is a must. While in Memphis, make sure to stop at Sun Studio to see where Elvis Presley got his start. The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has fun interactive studio displays, but the week long camps for teens is a huge draw. Your older music-lovers will enjoy time with industry pros who will teach them the skills to make it in the music business.
Theater – Families with a passion for the dramatic arts will love the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It’s open to families with children 8 to 14-years-old. It’s free, but you do need reservations.