Along the banks of the Connecticut River, this 80,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to Canadian phys-ed instructor, Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game here in 1891 during his five years at Springfield's YMCA Training Center. It includes a soaring domed arena where you can practice jumpers, walls of inspirational quotes, dozens of interactive exhibits, and video footage and interviews with former players. The Honors Rings pay tribute to the hall's nearly 300
enshrinees. It's easy to find—just look for the 15-story spire with an illuminated basketball on top.