Did you know Western Massachusetts is the birthplace of basketball? This region holds a rich and long association with sports and entertainment, and family travelers desiring a sports-centric trip should look no further than Western Massachusetts.
Basketball dates back to 1891, when James Naismith, a local YMCA instructor in Springfield, Massachusetts, nailed a peach fruit basket to a wall and began throwing balls into the makeshift hoop. Little did he know he would start a global sports phenomenon. Basketball is now integral to Western Massachusetts’ DNA.
Head to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, home to more than 300 inductees with more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. The Hall of Fame recently established The Ice Cube Impact Award for a unique blend of basketball and music, delving into the rapper/actor’s impact on both worlds, from his lyrical references to the game to his revitalization of inner-city courts. And, just last week, the Hall of Fame unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to Ice Cube. This May, the Hall of Fame will unveil a new, larger exhibit called The Vault, in celebration of the Celtics.
Beyond basketball, Western Massachusetts is rife with other sporting events. The Springfield Thunderbirds, part of the American Hockey League, play matches regularly, including one on Jan. 27 against the Charlotte Checkers and one on Feb. 10 against the Hershey Bears. And don’t miss watching Valley Blue Sox, the region’s favorite volleyball team.
On Feb. 2 and 3, hit the sidelines at Volleyball Hall of Fame’s Morgan Classic, where the top teams in the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball compete in this international competition.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
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Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.