“It’s one, two, Three strikes you’re out”

  . . . . Part Four of a Four Part Series

Pipe organs, 7th inning stretch, food and souvenir hawkers; all of these things, including the famous “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” ditty are part and parcel of America’s favorite pastime: baseball!  And, in case you’ve forgotten the end of this song, check out this website:  http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics,  

Fenway Park - Flickr Photo by charliekwalker

As we end our four-part series on baseball as an attraction and special event, we hope you will take time out to attend at least one ball game this year, and while you’re at it, look around at your surroundings.  The beauty of America is everywhere, including some historic major league baseball parks like Boston’s Fenway Park, built in 1912, dubbed as ‘America’s most beloved park’, and home of the Boston Red Sox.

Fenway Park - Flickr Photo by chipgriffin
Boston's 'Beantown' Trolley

While you’re in Boston, be sure to check out all their great attractions, beginning with a bean town trolley ride.   Don’t miss touring the Old State House Museum built in 1713, as the seat of British Government for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

For all those history buffs, why not visit the Salem Witch Museum and Old Sturbridge Village, or if you’re one of those politico types then a trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum would suit.  Other attractions include the Franklin Park Zoo and, my favorite; whale watch excursions at the New England Aquarium.  For a bevy of attraction information in Boston, visit this website: http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/

Wrigley Field - Flickr Photo by dnewman8

Since we are talking about baseball’s historic venues; how about Wrigley Field, an icon in Chicago since 1914.  While the Chicago Cubs have called Wrigley Field home since 1916, Wrigley was also the home of the Chicago Bears between 1921 through 1970.  One of Wrigley’s main distinction is its ivy covered outfield walls and the wind phenomena off of Lake Michigan which can affect which way the ball flies, so to speak. 

Another unusual aspect of Wrigley field is not the field itself but the neighboring community where enterprising residents even set up bleachers atop apartment building roofs, which the Chicago Cubs organization finally cried foul when this became a money making venture.   An eventual mutual resolution was reached and these rooftop seats are now effectively part of the ballpark’s seating area; although they are not included in the seating chart.  I guess you could say this took ‘tailgating’ to new heights . . . pun intended.

Navy Pier - Flickr Photo by willowbrookhotels

Who wouldn’t want to visit Chicago, with its many museums and the infamous Art institute of Chicago; or how about the Brookfield Zoo, but if you’re not into live animals, don’t forget, Chicago is home to the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Wolves.  These sports teams are sure to provide excitement when visiting the ‘windy city’.  Why not trek on down to Navy Pier, off of Lake Michigan.  You might even enjoy touring the Chicago Trolley Company, and you sure won’t want to miss going to the top of the Willis-Sears Tower Skydeck.  Want to learn more about Chicago, visit here: http://www.chicagotraveler.com/attractions.htm

So many ballparks, so little space . . . 

World Champion 1926 St. Louis Cardinals team promotional photo - Flickr photo by kopper

How about old versus new, something the St. Louis Cardinals can boast about – there was Busch Memorial Stadium (1964-2005) and now there is the ‘new’ Busch Stadium, located directly across the street from where the ‘old’ stadium stood.  The Cardinal’s have a rich history in St. Louis, although they actually began playing ball, as a tenant, in Sportsman’s Park (home of the St. Louis Browns) before acquiring their own stadium.  The skyline beyond the stadium is awesome with towering office buildings and the famous Gateway Arch easily seen. 

Busch Stadium Inagural Season - Flickr Photo by pdsphil
Gateway Arch - Flickr Photo by davef3138

The Gateway Arch, built between 1963 and 1965, has been a popular tourist attraction since its opening on July 10, 1967.  Millions of visitors have taken its unusual tram to the top of this 630’ tall structure.  In case of emergencies there are two stairwells with 1,067 steps.  The world-renown St. Louis Zoo is celebrating its centennial this year.  They are inviting you to help celebrate their rich history with a year of special activities, events and a new Zootennial exhibit; definitely something for the whole family.  If you’re into museums; this is the city to visit with its Black World History Wax Museum, Bowling Hall of Fame Museum, Dog Museum, Lewis & Clark Center, Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis and the National Great Rivers Museum; just to name a few.

Want to cool off?   A trip to Citygarden, an urban oasis in downtown St. Louis, with its lush gardens, family and pet-friendly walking areas, artistic sculptures and water falls is sure to be a hit.   Better yet, visit when the sun goes down so that you don’t miss Citygarden’s colorful dancing water show.   Need more information about site-seeing in St. Louis, visit here: http://www.explorestlouis.com/visitors/25things

Citygarden - an Urban oasis in downtown St. Louis - Flickr Photo by englishsnow

 

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