Get in the game of making memories. Whether you’re about to begin your spring break or you’re planning next year’s getaway, consider watching, or playing, a game or two during this seasonal escape. Here are some playful activities to check out.
Batter up! The Grapefruit and Cactus leagues are in full swing. Every spring, MLB teams flock to Florida and Arizona for training. While the athletes get ready for the season, spectators get to watch some of the biggest names in baseball take the plate. Better yet? Tickets are a fraction of the cost for regular-season games. Cheer on your favorites, or pick a new rookie to root for.
Also unlike the regular season, spring training is not just about one game—it’s about an experience. Seek out your favorite players on practice fields for photo ops and autographs, and know that win or lose this spring, your team is still a World Series contender when opening day comes around.
For Club Members headed to Florida for spring break, check out a map of the Grapefruit League stadiums. Catch the Red Sox playing off Fenway South Drive at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers or the Braves at their home away from home at Champion Stadium, just outside Orlando. In fact, teams like the Marlins, Yankees, Astros and Pirates play across Florida, on both coasts. Out West, book tickets to see teams like the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs play at stadiums in and around the Phoenix area, including Sloan Park, home to the Cubs. Sloan pays homage to the team’s ballpark back in the Windy City and is frequently referred to by fans as Wrigleyville West.
In the Big Apple, Nintendo New York is not only full of games, but it also hosts monthly events (think Mario Kart tournaments). Meanwhile, in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas, families can step back into an ’80s arcade while touring exhibits at the National Videogame Museum.
In Las Vegas, discover the Pinball Hall of Fame, a nonprofit featuring more than 200 games from 1947 to 2009. Instead of playing the slots for money, throw some change in the machine of your choice for some old-fashioned fun. Plus, you can feel good about where your coins are going: All excess revenue is donated to nondenominational charities.
In addition to Sega’s multiple floors of gaming experiences, Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood boasts blocks and blocks of opportunities to play. Photo courtesy of IQRemix, Flickr.
Across the Pacific, spring is cherry blossom season in Japan. In between admiring the country’s beloved cherry trees, venture to the neighborhood of Akihabara in Tokyo. A mecca for game culture, Akihabara is filled to the brim with games of all shapes and sizes. Explore the six-story Sega Gigo building, a giant arcade with some of the industry’s most iconic games and the latest virtual experiences.
Spring weather makes it easy to head outside to play. Whether you just want to jump in a great pool and play Marco Polo or you’re more interested in grabbing your clubs and taking a swing at one of Myrtle Beach’s many golf scenes, there’s always time for a game on vacation.
Start Planning for Spring 2019 Now. Club Members can request reservations up to nine months (276 days) before their desired checkout date. Visit the Club Member website to make a reservation today.
Helpful Tip: To use fewer Points, consider scheduling your trip during weekdays instead of weekends.
*Photo at top of page by George Thomas, Flickr.