Destinations: New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles

Start with two teams (nine players each, in the professional game), four bases laid out in a diamond shape, one bat, one ball, mitts (or gloves)—and you’re ready to play baseball. The game is played in alleyways, sports fields and expansive stadiums, and the happiest players do it “for the love of the game.”

Baseball is played with no time restriction. It’s this freedom from the constraint of time that draws many fans to sit in the afternoon sun or evening lights and watch the game. A required amount of turns at offense and defense, or innings, constitute a full game. The team with the most amount of runs (complete trips around the bases) wins.

The sport has long been referred to as “the national pastime” and the national sport of the United States, but baseball has fans in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, and many other locations across the globe.

Articles About Baseball

Boston: Hub of the Sports World

From baseball to hockey, the marathon to a regatta, get insider tips on how to catch a piece of the sporting action, both pro and college, on your next visit to Beantown.

Vacations With the National Pastime

Plan an end-of-summer family vacation or father-son getaway to visit famous baseball landmarks across the country.

Major Fun at the Minor Leagues

Minor league baseball games offer affordable family fun, especially with deals, discounts and eccentric entertainment specials available in several markets across the country.

Over the Moon in Jupiter

A multigenerational family visit to a St. Louis Cardinals spring-training game in Jupiter, Florida results in meeting a special baseball star.

Home Run Spring Training Getaways

Plan a pre-season baseball vacation in Florida or Arizona, where you can attend a major league game for a fraction of the regular season price.