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Are your kids basketball lovers? Located about 90 minutes west of Boston is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. My kids both play basketball and enjoy watching it, so on our recent family vacation to Lake George, NY, we made a stop to visit the NBA Hall of Fame. This museum offers hands on exhibits as well as a full basketball court and other activities.
Basketball Hall of Fame Review
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, MA, in a complex that includes several restaurants as well as a hotel, making it an easy overnight stay if you aren’t local. Springfield is located about two hours from Boston and an hour and a half from Albany, NY. You can definitely make it a day trip, or a stop on a road trip.
During our visit, we arrived on a rainy Sunday afternoon and found it to be moderately crowded. We didn’t have to wait in line for anything, but there were quite a few people huddled around the exhibits. I’d imagine that it’s less crowded in the morning, and on weekdays.
After purchasing our admission tickets at the front of the hall, we were guided to a photo station where our picture was taken. We were later given the option to purchase that photo. Single day admission is offered, as well as an annual pass called the Hall Pass. In addition to admission, the Hall Pass includes other benefits, so definitely consider it if you plan to visit multiple times.
From the ticket booth, we were led to an elevator, and went up to the top floor to begin viewing the exhibits. The traditional “hall of fame” type memorabilia is primarily shown on that top floor, and includes pictures and descriptions of each of the NBA hall of fame members. Younger kids, or those who aren’t big basketball fans may not enjoy this area as much as the others.
The other floors include interactive exhibits – many of which appeal to young children. As you can see from the picture above, the upper levels all circle the main floor, which offers a large, round basketball court with many different baskets.
While we were there, they offered free play on the court, as well as a free throw shoot off. My kids enjoyed playing on the court, but it was pretty crowded, so we didn’t stay long. That was the area where most of the guests were congregating. Overall, we spent about two hours at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and it was definitely worth the visit. You’d probably spend more time there if visiting during a special event, or traveling with basketball fans who really want to read all of the information on the exhibits.
Visiting during the summer? The hall of fame offers an event called the 60 days of summer. During July and August, all guests to the museum can participate in special events like autograph signings, and trick dribblers. You can find the schedule online. Season pass holders will be able to go into a separate line for autographs, so there’s a definitely a benefit to purchasing a season pass if you are local.
Note that the Hall of Fame is currently going through a renovation. Check their website for specific details of what is going on during your visit.
The Location of the Basketball Hall of Fame
If you are traveling to the Basketball Hall of Fame, it’s closest to Logan International Airport and the Bradley International Airport. It’s within easy driving distance of Hartford, Boston, and New York City and would be a great stop on a New England/New York State road trip. If you’d like to spend an overnight in a hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn is right nearby, as well as other hotels.
Amenities at the Hall of Fame
While there isn’t a restaurant right in the hall, there are some great locations located nearby. These include Max’s Tavern, Subway, and UNO Chicago Grill. There’s also a gift shop at the end of the museum, where you can purchase basketball memorabilia.
Things to Do Near the Basketball Hall of Fame
Looking for other things to do in Springfield MA? There are several museums nearby, including the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. The Hall of Fame is also not too far from Six Flags New England and is near the location for the Big E state fair.
Learn more about the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on their website.