15 Bucket List Experiences for Football Fans

From college to the pros, fans of America's most popular sport won't want to miss these games and destinations.

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Monument Park, Bronx, N.Y.

Monument Park, Bronx, N.Y.

Throughout history, some of the game's greatest players have worn the famous pinstripes of the New York Yankees. From Babe Ruth to Yogi Berra, the greatest Bronx Bombers are enshrined just beyond the center field fences at the new Yankee Stadium. 960 1280

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is where the legends of the game are enshrined and a must-visit for any baseball fan. Inside the museum, visitors can view items such as the earliest known baseball jersey, Babe Ruth's 60th home run bat and the ball Cy Young used during his 500th win. A special time to visit is during the annual induction ceremony where players who have been voted in are honored for their achievements. 960 1280

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Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Opened on September 6, 1920, Doubleday Field is just a short walk from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Named after Abner Doubleday, a man thought to have been the inventor of the game, Doubleday Field was once a cow pasture until it was converted into a ballpark in his honor. For a number of years, the field served as the location of the Hall of Fame Game, which was an exhibition between two major league teams, but that ended in 2008. Today, visitors can schedule the field for their own games or simply walk the grounds and take in the history. 960 1280

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

In the early 20th century, African-Americans were banned from playing professional baseball with whites, so they created their own teams and leagues across the country instead. The leagues, which operated from the 1920s to the early 1960s, featured many star players who are household names today, including Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, highlights the rich history of African-American baseball with interactive exhibits and hundreds of photographs from the era. 960 1280

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Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

You can't miss the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Kentucky, just look for the World's Biggest Bat leaning against the side of a building. Once inside, guests can go on a tour of the factory and see how the bats are crafted and view historic game-used bats from Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth and others. 960 1280

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Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

As the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (opened in 1912), Fenway Park is a must-visit for any baseball fan even if you're not a fan of the hometown Boston Red Sox. The park is packed with history and charm that newer ballparks just can't compete with. Whether its the Big Green Monster in left field, Pesky's Pole in right or the rendition of "Sweet Caroline" played during the eighth inning, Fenway Park is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. 960 1280

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Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa

If you've ever wondered if you can visit the actual field from the film "Field of Dreams" the answer is "yes." In Dyersville, Iowa, baseball fans can play catch on the field Ray Kinsella built after hearing a voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come." The farmhouse, corn in center field and stands where the Kinsella family watched Shoeless Joe Jackson and others play ball remain as they did in the movie. 960 1280

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Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Greenville, S.C.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Greenville, S.C.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever put on a baseball uniform but he's also one of the game's most infamous due to a lifetime ban stemming from his alleged involvement in fixing the 1919 World Series. In 2006, his home in Greenville, South Carolina, was moved to 356 Field Street, in honor of his lifetime batting average, and opened as the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. 960 1280

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Bobblehead Museum, Miami, Florida

Bobblehead Museum, Miami, Florida

Bobbleheads and baseball have been synonymous with each other since the 1960s. At the new Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, fans can view up to 700 collectibles at the Bobblehead Museum. Featuring players, mascots and broadcasters from every MLB team, this display continuously moves to keep heads bobbling all game long. 960 1280

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Babe Ruth's Gravesite, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Babe Ruth's Gravesite, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest baseball player to ever play the game and perhaps its most famous as well. "The Sultan of Swat" as he was known, hit 714 home runs during his career (third all-time) and was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After his death in 1948, Ruth was buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York, and fans continue to leave flowers and baseball memorabilia on his grave. 960 1280

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Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Howard J. Lamade Stadium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Howard J. Lamade Stadium is where baseball returns to its roots. Every summer, teams from across the world ascend on Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to take part in the Little League World Series. The stadium was built in 1959 and holds 40,000 people with many sitting on the hill beyond the center-field wall. 960 1280

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Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Ballpark

The story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier begins in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1946. Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the two played an exhibition at City Island Ballpark. The game was the first in which an African American played with whites in an organized game of professional baseball since the late 19th century. The city renamed the park Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1990 and created a museum for the baseball icon within its gates. 960 1280

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Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Built in 1910, Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, is recognized as the oldest professional ballpark still in use today. The park was modeled after Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and was home to the Birmingham Coal Barons and the Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. In 1987, the Barons left Rickwood to play their home games elsewhere but since 1996, the team returns for the annual Rickwood Classic. 960 1280

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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

When it comes to ballparks, there are few as iconic as Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. With its famous ivy-covered walls and retro scoreboard, the "Friendly Confines" as it's known, was built in 1914, making it the second oldest park in the majors. The home of the Chicago Cubs has played host to many historic moments like Babe Ruth's "called shot" and Pete Rose's 4,191 hit. In 2016, the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians to win their first World Series since 1908. 960 1280

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Estadio Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Estadio Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Baseball may be America's pastime, but the passion for the game is just as strong in Cuba. The island nation has produced several star players currently in Major League Baseball and with travel restriction recently lifted, American's can now experience the atmosphere of Cuban baseball. The Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana recently hosted an exhibition game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team with President Obama watching from the stands. 960 1280

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The Brainerd (MN) Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza draws over 10,000 anglers annually who compete for more than $150,000 in prizes. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. 960 1280

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The Brainerd Jaycees claim that 20,000 holes are drilled in the ice for the annual contest. It takes 3 days to set up the event site, which temporarily becomes the second-largest city in Crow Wing County. 960 1280

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Some lucky angler is stocked up for the winter! 960 1280

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It's not the size of the fish that matters; it's an honor just to compete. 960 1280

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Sleds are the most efficient means for moving equipment at the Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 960 1280

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Contestants wait in line to have their catch weighed. 960 1280

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This guy won't need to tell a fish story! 960 1280

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As demonstrated by this angler, there's much more to the sport than just dropping a line into an ice hole. 960 1280

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The first-place finisher of the 2009 contest was awarded a brand-new pickup truck. 960 1280

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Vikings of both the "real" and football kind are seen in great abundance at the Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 960 1280

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Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

See if you can escape zombies in the annual Run For Your Lives 5K obstacle race. This is one race where a muscle cramp may spell the start of even bigger problems -- like being caught by brain-eating zombies! 960 1280

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Marathon du Medoc, France

Marathon du Medoc, France

France's Bordeaux region shows off its national character in the annual Marathon du Medoc, with participants drinking wine (and yes, running, too) through some of the world's greatest vineyards. 960 1280

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Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Travel Channel's Lost Girls prove that you really can wear that bridesmaid dress again (and for a good cause!). The Lost Girls take on a new name for the day as The Runaway Bridesmaids to run the Fifth Avenue Mile in NYC -- in dresses -- to raise money to fight sex trafficking worldwide. 960 1280

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High Heel Race, Washington, DC

High Heel Race, Washington, DC

Halloween in the nation’s capital is a spirited affair, courtesy of the annual High Heel Race. Onlookers gather in Dupont Circle to watch drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down 17th Street in high heels. 960 1280

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Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Teams of 2 run together through an off-road obstacle course, complete with military-style challenges. At the end of the race, each duo crawls through a mud pit before crossing the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies”! 960 1280

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Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

There’s no time to rest for participants in the Pattaya International Bed Race. Runners pushing hospital beds, boat beds and even a bed designed as a bathtub race down a popular strip of this beach town in Thailand. 960 1280

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Bride-Carrying Race, China

Bride-Carrying Race, China

Grooms carry their brides during a mini-marathon celebrating the New Year in Sanya, in south China's Hainan province. 960 1280

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Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Participants of Red Bull Soapbox Derby compete on a 656-yard track in Budapest, Hungary. Racing against the clock, they speed to the finish line in handmade vehicles. 960 1280

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Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

At the Empire State Building Run-Up, runners climb 86 floors, 1,576 steps and roughly 1/5 mile, on their way to the observation deck. No elevators for these die-hard runners! 960 1280

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Great Knutsford Race, England

Great Knutsford Race, England

You’ll have to wait until 2020 for the next Great Knutsford Race, a 3-hour competition on penny-farthing bicycles that’s held once a decade. Competitors come from all over the world to race on these 1880s-era high-wheelers in Knutsford, England. 960 1280

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