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For some, a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a near-religious experience. Where else can you see Babe Ruth's and Hank Aaron's bats, Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's locker, and real dugout benches from Brooklyn's legendary Ebbets Field?

With its whopping collection of 30,000 artifacts, The Hall of Fame is the oldest and best known sports museum in the world. But there's so much to do, it can be overwhelming.

Best bet: Map out your visit in advance at the Hall of Fame's Web site. Highlights are listed on the Calendar of Events. Once you arrive, recheck the ever-changing schedule of daily summer programs, which includes films, storytelling, and a kids' version of baseball Jeopardy. Skip the so-so baseball art gallery.

Keep in mind, most kids max out after three hours. But devoted fans have been known to come back a second day. Our advice: Get your hand stamped, take the family to lunch, and come back with your baseball fanatics later in the afternoon.

 

Our recommended activities include:

  • Today's Players. The kids can check out exhibits on today's hot young players and understand what it means to be a "baseball great."
  • Grandstand Theatre. View this 13-minute multimedia presentation in a theater modeled after Chicago's Comiskey Park, complete with piped-in crowd noise and other baseball sounds.
  • Scavenger Hunt. Keep the kids busy while you tour the exhibits with this free game, available in the main foyer.
  • Baseball Jeopardy. Wow the young ones with your baseball knowledge, playing the Hall of Fame's interactive version of Jeopardy.
  • Live Games. Watch a live game at historic Doubleday Field from April to October. It's a block and a half from the Hall of Fame, on the former cow pasture where baseball purportedly began.

    Most games are played by high school, college, and amateur adult teams -- and they're free. Every summer, during Hall of Fame Weekend, major league teams meet here. You must buy your tickets for the game by mid-April. And don't delay; the field seats only 10,000 and sells out quickly.

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