From the track at Churchill Downs to the stands at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, sports events have drawn fans and inspired travel for decades. Here are TripSavvy's favorite stadiums, sports attractions and ski resorts for 2018.
Stadiums, Sports Attractions & Ski Resorts
Wrigley Field: Chicago, Ill. — featured in Romantic Things to Do in Chicago
It’s hard to imagine American baseball without Wrigley Field. The iconic baseball stadium opened in 1914 at the end of World War I and is still going strong. It just completed a $575 million renovation to get it ready for the next generation of Cub fans. It has a shiny new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, video scoreboards, and an open-air plaza that makes it a place people visit year round. When the Cubs aren’t dominating, there are concerts, classes, and festivals on the grounds. Jimmy Buffett, Pearl Jam, and Bruce Springsteen are on the 2018 line-up.
Tennis Hall of Fame: Newport, R.I. — featured in Things to Do in Newport With Kids
More than a shrine to the best racket swingers the world has ever known, Newport’s International Tennis Hall of Fame immerses visitors in the game. Housed in the architecturally splendid Newport Casino Building on famed Bellevue Avenue, the attraction was completely reimagined three years ago and now features vibrant artifact displays and high-tech, interactive exhibits. You’ll even meet tennis star Roger Federer via a 3D hologram. Don’t miss the chance to play your own round on the historic grass courts where the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships were held in 1881.
–Kim Knox Beckius
Kentucky Derby Museum: Louisville, Ky. — featured in Cheap and Free Things to Do in Louisville
On the first Saturday of May, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” unfolds each year at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Kentucky Derby is the world’s premier horse race. Few sporting events enjoy the same following the derby has developed since the first race in 1875. The Kentucky Derby Museum, adjacent to Churchill Downs, houses both permanent and temporary displays that depict the history and mystique of the race. Admission ($15 adults, $8 children) also includes a 30-minute guided walking tour of the racetrack and entry to a 360-degree media presentation called “The Greatest Race.” The museum closes on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days.
- Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Louisville, Ky. — featured in Things to Do in Louisville With Kids
- AutoZone Park: Memphis, Tenn. — featured in The Top Attractions in Memphis
- Camelback Mountain: Phoenix, Ariz. — featured in Things to Do in Phoenix
- Hockey Hall of Fame: Toronto, Canada— featured in The Top Things to Do in Toronto
- Miller Park: Milwaukee, Wis. — featured in The Top Attractions in Milwaukee
- Sandia Peak Tramway: Albuquerque, N.M. — featured in Albuquerque's Top Attractions