Best Attraction for Sports Fans (2018)


From museums to legendary filming locations, these 10 attractions – nominated by 10Best Editors and voted the best in North America by 10Best readers – bring sports fans closer to the action as they pay homage to the people, places and big moments that make sports so compelling. 

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Canton, Ohio

    Famous players and epic moments from NFL history come alive at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, a shrine for gridiron-obsessed sports fans. A football-themed hotel and restaurant are also in the works.
    Photo courtesy of Michael (Miche) Spring / Flickr

  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    Kansas City, Mo.

    Artifacts on display at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City date back to the late 1800s through the 1960s, chronicling the history of African American baseball. A highlight and popular photo op are the 12 life-size bronze sculptures of iconic African American players, 11 of whom have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
    Photo courtesy of Mark Goebel / Flickr

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

    Situated northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the iconic racetrack, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum tells the story of automobiles and auto racing through its impressive collection of racing vehicles, including IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One and Sprint Midget automobiles.
    Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Field of Dreams Movie Site

    Field of Dreams Movie Site
    Dyersville, Iowa

    In 1987 and 1988, a film crew scoured the countryside of rural Iowa for a spot to build a baseball diamond. The location they chose over a quarter century ago has never been the same since. Ever since Field of Dreams was released in 1989, this modest baseball diamond in the middle of a corn field near Dyersville has attracted visitors from around the world who come to experience a little bit of the magic for themselves.
    Photo courtesy of Field of Dreams Movie Site

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

    Kentucky Derby Museum

    The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, also known as the Kentucky Derby, carries with it a long and storied heritage filled with tradition. The Kentucky Derby Museum on the grounds of Churchill Downs tells the story of this history with its collection of art, artifacts and interactive exhibits.
    Photo courtesy of Cameron Aubernon / Flickr

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame

    National Baseball Hall of Fame
    Cooperstown, N.Y.

    This Cooperstown museum celebrates all things baseball, America's greatest pastime. The greats are immortalized here alongside some of the game's most significant relics, like the ball hit by Babe Ruth for his 500th home run and Shoeless Joe Jackson's shoes.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Curtis Compton

  • U.S. Olympic Training Center

    U.S. Olympic Training Center
    Colorado Springs

    Visitors to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to train as an Olympic athlete. Tours of the facilities let sports enthusiasts see where real Olympians live and train as they prepare for their big moment.
    Photo courtesy of sagriffin305 / Flickr

  • Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum

    Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum
    Greenville, S.C.

    Situated in downtown Greenville, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum tells the story of one of America's most iconic baseball legends. The museum occupies the house where Jackson lived and died and is filled with photographs, artifacts, books and film clips from his life.
    Photo courtesy of Jason A G / Flickr

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame

    NASCAR Hall of Fame

    The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte invites visitors to explore the history and culture of NASCAR through a series of interactive exhibits, 278-seat theater, gear shop and a broadcast studio.
    Photo courtesy of David Berkowitz / Flickr

  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

    Baseball is America's pastime, and this Louisville museum celebrates the past, present and future of the sport through the lens of one iconic piece of equipment, the Louisville Slugger. Visitors can tour the bat factory, see the bat that hit 21 of Babe Ruth's record setting 60 home runs in 1927 and try out the latest line of Louisville Slugger bats in Bud's Batting Cage.
    Photo courtesy of Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau


The top 10 winners in the category Best Sports Attraction are as follows: 

  1. Pro Football Hall of Fame - Canton, Ohio
  2. Negro Leagues Baseball MuseumKansas City, Mo.
  3. Indianapolis Motor Speedway MuseumIndianapolis
  4. Field of Dreams Movie Site - Dyersville, Iowa
  5. Kentucky Derby MuseumLouisville
  6. National Baseball Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, N.Y.
  7. U.S. Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs
  8. Shoeless Joe Jackson MuseumGreenville, S.C.
  9. NASCAR Hall of FameCharlotte
  10. Louisville Slugger Museum & FactoryLouisville

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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