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Trip Report Take Me Out to as Many Ballgames as Possible: A Five-Stadium Tour with Teens

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Here's a mini-trip report of our baseball "vacation", which included six states, five ballparks, four colleges, three museums, two countries and one Wonder of the World.

A million thanks to all the Fodorites on this board who helped with tickets and logistics.

WHO WE ARE:
2 arts-obsessed adults and 2 sports-obsessed male teens, 14 and 17, normally used to vacationing in exotic destinations. But this time we asked for the boys' input.

ITINERARY:
Because of our ever-changing work schedules, all arrangements were made at the last minute, about a week (or less) before we left. (And, yes, we are aware that what we came up with was geographically illogical.)
Four flights and an 1100-mile road trip turned out the best way to get in the kids' favorite teams, plus visit the classic, must-see stadiums (we had already been to Fenway last year):

LAX to Atlanta (2 nights - Braves vs. Seattle)
Chicago (1 day, no nights - Cubs vs. White Sox)
NY (3 nights - Yankees vs. Reds)
Cooperstown (1 night)
Niagara Falls (1 night)
Detroit (2 nights - Tigers vs. Rockies)
Cleveland (1 night - Indians vs. Reds)

WEATHER:
Severe thunderstorms everywhere. Every day was a nailbiter - would our game be canceled? But luck was on our side. All games were played and we only experienced one two-hour rain delay, which turned out to be great fun.

PROS:
- Family bonding
- Finally able to use our Delta miles (for most legs, a week before the trip), because nobody else wants to use SkyMiles to go to Atlanta or Cleveland.
- Packing was easy:
1 - One lightweight gortex rainjacket
2 - One umbrella
3 - One nice outfit for NY
4 - Two grungy outfits for everywhere else
- Did I mention Family Bonding?

CONS:
- Everybody wants to do it again next year

NEXT: PROCURING TICKETS

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