Great Family Adventures: The Tauck Baseball Event

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Worshipping baseball is part of a good American childhood. So a pilgrimage to Cooperstown could be thought of as a rite of passage. There’s no better time to head there than on June 27, when filmmaker Ken Burns follows up his PBS series, Baseball, with this four-day experience at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Attendance is capped at 200 guests (so book soon), who’ll get to experience the Hall of Fame as VIPs. A series of talks, including a keynote address by Burns, will cover a range of baseball topics: Ever wonder how those rules actually evolved? Think your daughter might get inspired by hearing the history of women’s baseball leagues? Sports journalists and former players, including Phil Niekro and Doug Glanville, will meet kids and sign autographs. Also on the roster: Playing a period “town ball” game with 19th-century rules, and taking swings from the historic batting cages at Doubleday Field. With all this baseball, charming Cooperstown might become an afterthought—don’t let it. Take a boat ride on peaceful Otsego Lake, check out kid-friendly Farmers’ Museum, or take a candlelit ghost tour through town. You’ll be staying at the four-diamond Otesaga Resort, a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

OUTFITTER: Founded by Arthur Tauck in 1925, and still family-owned and operated, Tauck prides itself on providing personalized service on its nearly 100 travel offerings, which go to all seven continents.

ITINERARY: Stays in and around Cooperstown.

DATES: June 27 to 30.

PRICE: From $3,690 per person, including all meals, lodging, ground transportation, admission to the museum and its special events, sightseeing guidance, porterage, and gratuities.

INFO:, (800) 788-7885.

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