Father's Day Sports Spots

Spend Father's Day with Dad at the ball park and more

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tour

A Babe Ruth statue, "Babe's Dream," has stood outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards since 1996 (although it shows the left hander holding a right-handers glove). Camden Yards, host of the 1993 MLB All-Star Game, was built over the former yard for the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad's Camden Station. Baltimore's Oriole Park — the first of the major league ballparks to get a "retro" makeover — opened on April 6, 1992, as a replacement for Memorial Studium. Enjoy the tour, which includes a visit to the dugout, and check out the field, which has been used in several films and television shows, including Major League II, The West Wing and Dave.

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St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

The home of the Major League Baseball's 80th All-Star Game is the third park in St. Louis to carry the name Busch Stadium — it replaced the Busch Memorial Stadium (1966-2005), which replaced the first Busch Stadium (19201953), also known as Sportsman's Park. On April 10, 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals opened this 46,000-seat ballpark with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is also the first in almost a century to win a World Series Championship in a new ballpark's inaugural season. The open-air stadium offers great views of downtown St. Louis, including the world-famous arch. And feel free to head to the Family Pavilion to "have a catch."

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When sports fans get hungry — but don't want to miss the big game — they head to the ESPN Zone. Between the huge TVs; the arcade; the free wi-fi; the celebrity Q&As; and the wacky events, like The World's Biggest Couch Potato, it is no wonder that the resturants are popular with families. The one at L.A. Live is a great tie in with Staples Center fans before and after a game. Get there early on game day to snag dad a coveted recliner, or challenge each other to Harley Davidson Pinball, ESPN Bowling, Mocap Boxing or Hot Flash Air Hockey.

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Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

When you see the six-story, 68,000 pound steel bat in downtown Louisville, you know you're at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Baseball fans of all ages will get a kick out of learning the history of this famous bat — such as the one that Babe Ruth used during his 60 home run season of 1927 or the first public display of a Louisville Slugger used by Joe DiMaggio during his 56-game hitting streak of 1941. Also enjoy seeing how the bat itself is made by Hillerich&Bradsby (Hillerich's signature is on the side of the "Big Bat" outside).

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NASCAR SpeedPark

Got the need for speed? The NASCAR SpeedPark in Myrtle Beach has been bringing together National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing fans since 1999. Since NASCAR's popularity makes it the second-most watched TV sport in the country (behind the NFL), the Myrtle Beach venue is one of seven SpeedParks in North America. SpeedPark visitors can check out seven tracks and challenge each other at the Family 500; conquer two 18-hole NASCAR-themed mini golf courses; and enjoy several rides aimed at younger drivers, including Slick Spin, Sky Wheels, Kiddie Speedway and The Qualifier.

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PNC Park

What better place for pirates to have a home than on the banks of the river? PNC Park, which opened in 2001 to replace Three Rivers Stadium, is the first ballpark with a two-deck design built since Milwaukee's County Stadium in 1953. Since PNC Park is the second-smallest ballpark in the Major League, the highest seat is just 88 feet from the field, which makes for a great viewing experience at game time. Outside the stadium, the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, your family can check out the statues of team legends Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.

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Quebec Olympic Stadium

Picture it! Montreal. 1976. Romania's Nadia Comaneci scores seven perfect 10s and wins three gold medals; Cuba's Alberto Juantorena becomes the first man to win both the 400 meter dash and 800 meter dash at the same Olympics; and American boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph and Howard Davis Jr. win gold medals as a boxing "dream team." The Canadian Football League as well as the former Montreal Expos used to play at Parc Olympique Quebec, which was built just for the games. when you go, be sure to look up: At 574 feet, the stadium is the world's tallest slanted structure.

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Sun Valley Ice Rink

Sun Valley isn't all about the skiiing — ice skating here is serious business, with a renowned skating instruction program and a beautiful outdoor rink. You never know who you might spot on the 180-foot by 90-foot outdoor rink, but many Olympians, including Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton, and other celebrities have been known to take to the ice. And you might just pick up a tip or two on how to do a double-axel or triple lutz.

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Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

After all that playing, its time for a rest. Find a place to chill and a celebration of everything in the sports world at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort. The 1,920-room hotel at Walt Disney World opened in 1994 and features giant icons and buildings that celebrate the love of the game: baseball (Home Run Hotel), basketball (Hoops Hotel), football (Touchdown!), surfing (Surfs Up!) and tennis (Center Court). Plus there are two pools, the beach themed Surfboard Bay's and the Grand Slam Pool, shaped like a baseball diamond. Game on!

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