1. Cooperstown, New York
Travel time: 4hrs and 45min by car
Few sports inspire the kind of devotion baseball does, which is why the bucolic village of Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is on the national map. Thanks to the museum’s artifacts collection, Hall of Plaques and the interactive Sandlot section, youngsters will no doubt leave knowing more about the sport and its players than when they arrived. For a change of pace, head to the nearby Farmers’ Museum, a multifaceted paean to rural 19th-century America with a working farmstead and children’s barnyard. At some point, strike a deal with the kids: First you’re going to the Ommegang Brewery for a tour and tasting (or lunch at its café), and afterward you’ll stop by Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf for a round of summery fun.
STAY: The outdoor heated pool and fire pit make the August Lodge Cooperstown an obvious choice for families.