Major League Fun

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

The Major League Baseball Playoffs of 2013 have arrived! The match-up is between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox! Which team are you rooting for? If you’re going to be keeping up with the schedule and attending some of the games, then you might want to learn about some interesting attractions that exist in each city!

St. Louis

The Convention & Visitors Commission Website  for St. Louis, Missouri makes it very well known that “The Gateway City has plenty to offer its visitors with fun, family-friendly activities, great entertainment venues and an exciting nightlife.” Sports fans are especially lucky because St. Louis was named by ESPN Magazine as the “Ultimate Sports City.” Check out a couple of the other things that you can do while visiting.

Budweiser Tour

 Interested in seeing how some of America’s favorite beers are crafted? Visitors of all ages are invited to visit St. Louis for a Brewery Tour, where you can “see and learn about the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at our historic stables built in 1885.  These majestic giants have appeared in some of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials over the years and represent a special part of Anheuser-Busch’s history.” The rich heritage of the largest and oldest Anheuser-Busch Brewery also includes visits to three national landmarks. Since the brewery’s founding in 1852, Anheuser-Busch has been perfecting the packaging process while also “taking pride in producing some of the world’s finest beers, one batch at a time.”

Learn more about the Budweiser Brewery Tour by watching this video:

Gateway Arch

When visiting St. Louis, one of the things that many people want to cross off of their to-do list, is seeing the Gateway Arch. “200 years ago, Lewis and Clark set out on their great journey. Today, the Gateway Arch stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States.” The Gateway Arch stands at 630 feet and is the nations tallest monument! This attractions provides a few entertainment options:

  • Journey to the the Top of the Arch – Take a four minute narrated tram ride and then enjoy the wonderful views of St. Louis from the Gateway Arch Oberservation Area.
  • Movies at the Gateway Arch  – Choose a documentary to watch. “Monument to the Dream” describes the construction process and “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West,” describes the “uncharted lands of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond.”
  • Museum Store and  Levee Mercantile  – Browse a large selection of ‘books, videos, posters, apparel and educational toys,” as well as other unique items such as “gourmet gifts, collectibles, toys, and home accessories.”

Learn more about the experience and check out some of the great views:


Boston

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau notes that the city is a “wonderful blend of stylish sophistication and historic New England charm” and that there are many places to uncover history, experience fine dining, and have a good time! Also, for people who enjoy fall weather, Boston is at its best during this season! Discover some of the best fall attractions in Boston.

Freedom Trail

Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston during any season is a great way to uncover some rich history! However, when you’re experiencing this trail during the fall, you get to see some great foliage as well. That combination is pretty amazing! Each of the 16 historic sites that you’ll come across on this trail, has its own unique value. Be sure to visit all of these sites:

Whether you decide to walk the trail on your own or take a guided tour, you can have a great experience on the Freedom Trail! For tips, consider help from The Freedom Trail Foundation by visiting Plan Your Trip.

If you have some free time, you can actually check out this virtual tour of the stops on the Freedom Trail:

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a “visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today and a dynamic supporter of artists of her time, encouraging music, literature, dance, and creative thinking across artistic disciplines.” According to “About Isabella Steward Gardner,” she was also a Boston Red Sox fan!

The Isabella Steward Gardner Museum has many features! For example while visiting the museum, you can experience:

  • Collection -“Years ago I decided that the greatest need in our Country was Art… We were a very young country and had very few opportunities of seeing beautiful things, works of art… So, I determined to make it my life’s work if I could.”
  • Contemporary Art – “Founded in 1992, the Gardner Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program continues the legacy of inspired support demonstrated by Isabella Stewart Gardner.”
  • Music – “Music has been an integral part of the Gardner experience ever since the Museum opened in 1903 with a celebration that featured a performance by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”
  • Landscape – “The art of landscape has been central to the Gardner Museum since its inception.”
  • Education – “The Gardner Museum offers a rich variety of programs and resources that spark in-depth experiences with works of art and present opportunities to engage with some of today’s most creative individuals.”

Watch this tour of the museum to learn a little more history:


Now that you know some great attractions to visit in both St. Louis and in Boston, you’re ready to have a good trip if you’re going to keep up with the baseball games! The games in St. Louis will be held at Busch Stadium and the games in Boston will take place at Fenway Park. In your Hertz NeverLost device, be sure to use download code SLCB for World Series – St. Louis Cardinals and download code BRBA for World Series – Boston Red Sox.

Enjoy the MLB Playoffs! I wonder who will be the winner when it’s all over 🙂

Melissa Woodring

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