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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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Overall, we spent about two hours at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and it was definitely worth the visit.
The Location of the Basketball Hall of Fame
If you are traveling to the Basketball Hall of Fame, it’s located near both Boston’s Logan Airport and the Bradley International Airport. It’s within easy driving distance of Hartford, Boston, and New York City. If you’d like to spend an overnight in a hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn is right nearby.
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.