Get in the game by visiting Sports Halls of Fame
Local sports fanatics struggling to find a vacation destination should consider visiting one of the many sports hall of fames located across the United States. We’ve identified a few of our favorites and included driving distance from Hilton Head Island. We’ve also included the estimated cost of a flight out of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Game on!
College Football Hall of Fame
The current College Football Hall of Fame opened in 2014 and is located next to the Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta. A shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game, the hall of fame has three floors, five themed galleries and over 50 interactive exhibits, including a 47 -yard football field and a three- story wall of over 750 college football helmets! As of 2018, there are 997 players and 217 coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, representing 308 schools. Thirteen players, two coaches and one inanimate object (the Goodyear Blimp) are slated for induction in 2019.
Drive: 284 miles, 4 1/2 hours
Fly: Savannah → Atlanta, 1 hour (from $297)
World Golf Hall of Fame
St. Augustine, Fla.
The masterfully designed World Golf Hall of Fame is the centerpiece of World Golf Village, a unique vacation destination with two championship golf courses, high-end accommodations, and several other amenities. Visitors from around the world continue to flock to the Hall of Fame to enjoy the museum and make use of the Village’s world-class facilities. The Hall of Fame Museum features a permanent exhibition and a rolling program of temporary exhibitions all celebrating the game’s players, history, heritage, and techniques. The village also includes an IMAX theater that premieres new Hollywood releases as well as educational documentaries.
Drive: 201 miles, 3 1/2 hours
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Our National Pastime has connected Americans through countless generations, and Cooperstown is where fans relive baseball’s greatest players and moments. The Hall of Fame and Museum includes exhibits and historic artifacts that capture legendary memories of the game. A crowning jewel of the hall is the Plaque Gallery, where visitors will discover all 323 Hall of Fame members’ bronze plaques honoring their achievements. It features more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space to display countless treasures including 3 million library items (such as newspaper clippings and photos) and 140,000 baseball cards.
Drive: 937 miles, 14 1/2 hours
Fly: Savannah → Syracuse, NY, 3 1/2 hours (from $289)
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