The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio. (Pro Football Hall of Fame)
It's that time of year when sports fans get a superdose of football fever. Here are five family plays you'll want to put in motion:
1. Super Bowl Celebration, New York City. Book the Langham Place, Fifth Avenue Super Bowl package and you'll be in the thick of things as the Big Apple celebrates its first Super Bowl bash. You'll be steps from Super Bowl Boulevard, where a series of football-themed experiences will take over Times Square. Admission is free to the Super Bowl Committee-sponsored event, where music, the chance to snap a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and toboggan rides will score points with fans. The hotel package includes tickets to Super Bowl events, including a "Party With the Pros," where NFL players will sign autographs. Ask about Family Place accommodations.
Contact: timessquarenyc.org; newyork.langhamplacehotels.com
2. Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Waco. At this shrine to all things sporting, you'll wander through 30,000 square feet of tributes to the Lone Star State's top athletes. While you'll learn about the luminaries who played college and pro football, the museum also houses the Texas High School Hall of Fame. Check out photos of championship teams going back to the 1920s as well as jerseys, game balls, trophies, equipment and the histories of those inducted, including Tom Landry and Sammy Baugh.
Contact: (800) 567-9561; tshof.org
3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio. Throughout the year, gridiron fans appreciate the supersize greeting provided by a 7-foot bronze statue of the legendary Jim Thorpe. Learn about the history and development of the game through audio and video presentations. Among the most popular aspects of the museum is a section devoted to the Hall of Famers. Delve into the details of their careers and accomplishments through individual player kiosks. Kids will also like the gallery devoted to each Super Bowl as well as to the sport's current clubs.
Contact: (330) 456-8207; profootballhof.com
4. College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta. Later this year, this organization will reopen its doors in a new $66.5 million facility in the heart of downtown Atlanta's sports and entertainment district. The 94,000-square-foot attraction includes a 45-yard indoor football field that will serve as a flexible event and programming space. Visitors can expect a high-octane blend of multimedia exhibits combined with historic football artifacts.
Contact: (404) 527-6949; cfbhall.com
5. NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis. Great players from 23 NCAA sports, including football, are honored in this museum. Interactive multimedia exhibits help visitors understand what it takes to perform at the top levels of college athletics. Families will also have the chance to join in a trivia challenge and see video highlights and artifacts from teams that excelled through the years.
Contact: (317) 916-4255; ncaahallofchampions.org