BOSTON, MA - JULY 9: A fan in the first row of the Green Monster seats celebrates after catching the game-winning home run ball hit by Masataka Yoshida #7 of the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on July 9, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

We take vacations for a variety of reasons. Some of us center our vacations around sports. So what are the best sports vacations?

 

Or, rather, what are the best destinations for a sports vacay? Before we get into the list, I should probably lay a few things out. Because the term “sports vacations” can mean a couple of different things. This isn’t a piece about your kid playing travelling baseball and now you’ve got to book your family vacation around their game schedule in upstate New York. If that’s you, my condolences.

 

No, what we’re talking about here are the best places for sports fans to travel. The team over at Price4Limo put together a little something called Best Vacations for Sports Fans, where they used Yelp data to figure out the best cities for vacations that are centered around sports. Turns out Boston placed pretty highly. I guess people outside of New England haven’t been watching the Red Sox lately.

 

Best Sports Vacations: Boston is a Top 5 Destination

Here are a few Boston bullet points to start with. According to the research, Boston has the second-best sports facilities. The Garden still rocks, apparently. In addition, hotels in Boston are the fourth-best for winding down. And Boston has the fifth-best options when it comes to sports betting and casinos. Had this study been conducted a year ago, that certainly wouldn’t have been the case.

 

Overall, Boston ranked 4th in the study for the best vacation destination for sports fans. You can dive into more of the data here. Below, I’ll lay out the Top 5 for you. And while were on the subject, Massachusetts proper made the Top 20 for best summer vacation states. And two other New England states recently ranked highly for camping. It’s pretty cool to have all these recreation options so close to home!

  • 5) New York

    You’d think the Big Apple would outrank Boston, but not this time. I blame the Mets. I always blame the Mets.

  • 4) Boston

    You can find a lot of fault with the 100+ year old Fenway Park. But it’s a magical place. And if I were a baseball fan living outside of Boston, it’s the first park I’d want to visit.

  • 3) Washington DC

    The seat of American history. But a destination for sports history? This is suspect. On the other hand, they finally did change the football team’s name. So there’s that.

  • 2) Minneapolis

    The city’s overall score was lifted by…sports bars! They don’t have as many as the big markets, mind you. But the ones they do have are pretty damn good.

  • 1) Miami

    No surprise at Miami topping this list. Miami isn’t just a great sports destination, it’s a great EVERYTHING destination. And now? The Marlins have ROOSTER RACES!

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