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Sports History

American sporting pastimes such as basketball, baseball and american football are a huge part of American Culture and New York is synonymous with athletic awe and achievements. Its sports teams and venues are among the most storied and famous in American History.

Take a trip to the tiny mountain town of Lake Placid. It is just one of seven cities in the world to secure the Olympics twice, in both 1932 and 1980. The Olympic Museum here celebrates memories like Sonja Henie and Eric Heiden skating to their Olympic Golds.

Visit Saratoga Race Course, the oldest continually operating racetrack in the country. It’s celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013! The nearby National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will walk you through the incredible tales from this Sport of Kings.

And in Canastota learn how a town simply wanted to recognize two of its hometown boxing heroes and how that honour turned into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

Discover:  Why New York States sports history is so famous

Understand: How basketball and baseball found their roots in New York State

Experience: The thrill of seeing some of world’s most famous sporting venues up close.

If you like Sports, then you will love...

  • Lake Placid Olympic Musuem, Adirondacks - Brings to life the achievements of the Olympic Games of 1932 and 1980, including the legendary Miracle on Ice hockey game. Visitors can see video highlights, torches, medals, skates, bobsleighs, uniforms and memorabilia. www.lakeplacid.com
  • The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, The Catskills - Nestled on 53 acres bordering the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, displays angling equipment, art, artifacts and memorabilia. www.cffcm.net
  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Cooperstown, Central New York - Brings baseball's glorious history to life for fans of all ages. It features the hallowed Hall of Fame Gallery honoring the game's greatest players and countless interactive exhibits and emotional stories. www.baseballhall.org
  • Yankee Stadium, New York City - Even if you can't catch a game, it's worth a trip to the Bronx to take a tour of the new stadium. Don't miss Yankees Monument Park, an open-air museum containing monuments, plaques and retired numbers honoring distinguished members of the historic Major League baseball team. www.newyork.yankees.mlb.com

For more must-see attractions and itinerary ideas for exploring Sports History through New York State click here.

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