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East Coast Baseball Tours in May 2015

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Yankee Stadium,East Coast Tours,baseball stadiumsOur 2015 tour season kicks off with some Big League Tours fan favorites. Year in and year out, our most popular baseball tours are out East, as they include Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in the Majors; trips to Cooperstown, NY, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the first of the "retro" stadiums; and of course, Yankee Stadium.

Take a look at these East Coast baseball tours in May of 2015. They run right up to the Memorial Weekend holiday, a perfect way to stretch a holiday and make the most of your vacation.

EAST COAST MAY
The full East Coast May tour starts in Baltimore, offers 5 games in 5 different stadiums, and includes a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Click here to see the details.
- Tue, May 19, Oriole Park- Mariners @ Orioles, TBD
- Wed, May 20, Nationals Park- Yankees @ Nationals, TBD
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Hall of Fame
- Sun, May 24, Fenway Park- Angels @ Red Sox, TBD
- Mon, May 25, Guests depart

MINI EAST COAST MAY
The Mini East Coast May is a shorter version of the tour above, it begins in Baltimore and ends in New York, and offers 4 games in 4 different stadiums. Click here to see the details.
- Tue, May 19, Oriole Park- Mariners @ Orioles, TBD
- Wed, May 20, Nationals Park- Yankees @ Nationals, TBD
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Guests depart

HALL OF FAME MAY
The Hall of Fame May includes Mets, Yankees and Red Sox games as well as a day at the Hall of Fame. Click here to see the details. 
- Wed, May 20, Arrive in NYC
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Hall of Fame
- Sun, May 24, Fenway Park- Angels @ Red Sox, TBD
- Mon, May 25, Guests depart

BIG APPLE MAY 
The Big Apple May tour includes Mets and Yankees games with time to explore the City that Never Sleeps. Click here to see the details.
- Wed, May 20, Arrive in NYC
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Guests depart

ABOUT OUR TOURS 
One thing you'll notice about our tours - We typically offer a long tour that lasts for 7-8 days, in this case the East Coast tour. We then offer shorter versions of that tour at the same time, such as the Mini East Coast, Hall of Fame and Big Apple Tours. This allows you to choose the tour that best suits you.

Whether you choose a long or short tour, you'll always receive a Big League Tours experience. You'll get:
- Premium seats at all the games,
- Stadium tours, when schedules allow,
- Great hotels in the heart of the city or next to the ballpark,
- Big League Player Experience,
- Sensible itineraries,
- Big League Tours welcome gift, and a
- Big League Tours host!

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MLB releases the 2015 baseball schedule

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Big League Tours at Wrigley Field

Yesterday, Major League Baseball released the team schedules for 2015. And now, our work begins creating the luxury baseball tour packages for the coming season.

As you can imagine, it takes some time to go through all 30 teams to design the most appealing tours for our guests. Our preliminary plans include full East & West Coast Tours plus, Midwest, Mideast, and Heartland Tours. In those tours, we will create shorter, "mini" tours like Atlantic Beltway and Southern California for folks that want a quick get away visiting multiple ballparks. We'll also go through the schedule to find the best destination tours for New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. 

Keep an eye out for our 2015 Tour Announcement email. We will be sending it very soon. It will include links to all the 2015 tours, plus early bird discounts for guests that purchase their tours before the end of the year.

We are excited about the upcoming season and hope you will join us on the road in 2015. Please call or email with any questions. (317) 806-2272

Tags: baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball hall of fame, baseball road trip, Fenway Park, big league tours, Yankee Stadium

See the Red Sox with Big League Tours in 2014

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:54 PM

If you are a Red Sox fan, you will have plenty of opportunities to see the World Series Champs with Big League Tours. Several of our 2014 luxury baseball vacations will catch the Sox at home and on the road. At Fenway Park, we have secured special stadium access and a VIP Batting Practice Experience for our guests on most tours. You will be on the field and close to all the Red Sox stars while they prepare for the game. No matter where you go with Big League Tours, you will enjoy all the tour extras along with lower level seats, a Big League Player Experience, and first class hotels. Click the link below to see the tours that feature the Red Sox in 2014. Don't forget- book by Dec. 15 and get 5% off your tour!

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Please feel free to call or email with any questions.

Tags: Boston, baseball vacations, baseball trips, baseball hall of fame, baseball vacation, baseball tour, Fenway Park, big league tours, MLB tours, Green Monster, MLB road trips, hall of fame

East Coast Tour, May 2014: Boston, New York, DC, Baltimore & Philly

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Fenway Park,Yawkey Way,Red Sox,Boston,baseball trips If you're a baseball fan and you have a bucket list, then this East Coast Tour is for you. You'll start this tour in Boston, home of Historic Fenway Park. The game should be a night game so arrive early and see some sites before we head over to the park and enjoy all the fun around Yawkey Way.

You'll leave mid-day on Saturday to make the trip to New York where you will have the evening on your own and plenty of time to explore Manhattan from your Midtown hotel. Sunday we'll head to Yankee Stadium, for, what we expect to be, an afternoon game when the Yankees are hosting the Pirates. We'll head back to Manhattan after the game and you'll have the evening on your own in the Yankee Stadium,group tours,baseball stadium tours,baseball trips,baseball road tripscity.

You an option on Monday to direct the itinerary the best way for you and your companions. You can choose to spend the day in the city or take the day-trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Tuesday will allow you more time to see some sites in the city and then we'll head out to Citi Field to see the Dodgers and Mets game.

After 4 great nights in New York, the tour will head to Washington, DC on Wednesday. We should arrive early afternoon in the district and get checked into the hotel, which will give us plenty of time to get over to Nationals Park for the game between the Reds and Nationals. 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards,Baltimore baseball tour,baseball road tripOn Thursday, we'll take a short trip up the road to Baltimore. We'll be staying near Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor. The game will probably be an afternoon game which will give you time to grab dinner at one of the restaurants nearby.

We'll most likely take a tour of Oriole Park Friday morning before heading to Philadelphia for you final night of the tour. It's a short trip to Philly, where we'll be staying in the heart of the city - close to sites like the Liberty Bell and Freedom Hall and close to Citizens Bank Park

Along the way, there will be stadium tours, an MLB player Experience and other Big League Tours extras. You could also consider coming into Boston early or staying over in Philadelphia. Let us know if you'd like to customize your tour in anyway. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park, Camden Yards

2014 Baseball Tours Featuring the Hall of Fame

Posted by Doug Lawson on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 08:59 PM

Each season, tours that feature the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musuem are some of our most popular. In 2014, we have several tours that offer an opportunity to visit the Hall.  

You can select the Hall of Fame option on The Classics Tours, and most of the Big Apple Tours. Our East Coast Tours in May and June/July also have a Hall of Fame Option. In August, the East Coast and Hall of Fame Tours will visit the Hall of Fame and stay overnight in the Cooperstown area. Below are the links to all of the tours that feature the Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

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Please feel free to call or email with any questions. I hope you will join us on a luxury baseball vacation in 2014. Don't forget... book by Dec. 15 and get 5% off your tour.

 

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, baseball hall of fame, baseball road trip, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Green Monster, New York City

Announcing our 2014 Baseball Tour Packages

Posted by Doug Lawson on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Reds, Baseball Tours, Family ToursWe are very pleased to announce our 2014 Baseball Tours. You'll be able to choose from:
  • Tours in every month of the MLB regular season,
  • Tours to every stadium in the Majors,
  • Tours over long-weekends, for a quick getaway, and
  • Tours that are week-long, for longer vacations
We have also re-worked our website to better serve our customers. You will be able to search for your tour in 3 ways:
  • Tours by Region
  • Tours by Month
  • Tours by Stadium
Please click the link below to go directly to our website to check out our new tours.

Big League Tours
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT- We are offering an early booking discount to our guests valid now through Dec. 15. Book your tour with a minimum 20% or $1,000 deposit, and get 5% off the total tour price. Use discount code EARLY when booking your tour.
Please feel free to call or email with any questions. I hope you will join us on a Big League Tours luxury baseball vacation in 2014.

Tags: baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball hall of fame, baseball vacation, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium

A Trip to The Hall of Fame Museum

Posted by Doug Lawson on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

A few years ago, we named our tours that include Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Citi FieldHall of Fame and Cooperstown, the Big League Tours Hall of Fame Tour. It seemed appropriate as many of our guests purchased these tours to mark 3 iconic venues off of their baseball bucket list. So, in August, the morning after our group had a great time in Boston seeing a Red Sox/Yankees game, we loaded the motorcoach and headed to the small village in up-state New York.  

If you have never been to that part of New York, I would highly recommend it. The area is full of vacation spots, restaurants, shops, and beautiful scenery. Cooperstown is no exception as it sits on the banks of picturesque Otsego Lake and is home to many of sites mentioned as well as The Baseball Hall of Fame. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the town just as much as I did the Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Musuem is where all of the baseball memoribilia is displayed and the history of the game recounted. From the very beginnings of the organized game to the stars of today, the museum covers it all. A true baseball fan who enjoys reading all the plaques, newspaper articles, etc. on display, could easily spend a couple of days in the Museum. As a lifelong Reds fan, I particularly liked all the displays that featured the first pro team, the Big Red Machine, Baseball's Hit King- Pete Rose, and the Black Sox/Reds World Series. I spent a few hours in the Museum knowing that I will be back next season hosting our luxury baseball tours. 

Bench Morgan

The actual Hall of Fame is next to the Museum. Mostly, it houses the Hall of Fame plaques for each induction class. Same as the Museum, one could spend a great deal of time perusing the info of the 300 or so people who have been inducted. As in the Museum, I was drawn to the Reds inductees. Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan have plaques side by side. I will definitely be spending more time in the Hall on the next trip.

There is so much to explore in Cooperstown. Glenn and I even had a chance to take a few cuts in the batting cages that are located outside of Doubleday Field. The pitching machines will throw curveballs, knucklers, sliders and fastballs. We decided that on the next tour, we will make sure to take our guests there. Hopefully, they will fare better against the machines than Glenn and I did.

We are already beginning our plans for next season. In a few weeks, MLB will announce the 2014 schedule, and shortly after that, we will announce our baseball package tours including our Hall of Fame Tours. Keep an eye on the website for all the info.   

 

Tags: baseball trips, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball hall of fame, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium

Behind the Scenes at Fenway Park

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

Big League Tours has built its business by offering fans a chance to get closer to the game. We do that by guaranteeing lower level seats, planning meet and greets with former players, taking stadium tours, and in general, doing everything we can to make sure our guests areGroup tour on the field at Fenway Park thrilled with their tour experience. The Red Sox made us aware of a new opportunity at Fenway and we jumped at the chance to offer it to our August Hall of Fame Tour group. It was the VIP Batting Practice Experience at Fenway. So, before the Red Sox and Yankees squared off in the ESPN Sunday night game, we made our way to the ballpark. 

Our tour host Sarah met the BLT group at the VIP entrance and personally escorted us into ballpark. This was my first time at Fenway Park. The “quaint” feel of the park struck me as we snaked through the small passageways finally entering the seating area right behind home plate. Sarah walked with us down the steps to the wall right beside the Red Sox dugout. She opened a door and led us onto the field. Our guests, and the BLT staff, were in awe as we walked onto on field area right behind home plate. We watched as the teams took batting/fielding practice. First the Red Sox, then the Yankees. Seeing those elite athletes bomb ball after ball into the stands was amazing. This on field VIP batting practice tour is a first for BLT, but it will definitely not be the last.

On the Green Monster at Fenway as part of our private ballpark tour.After 45 minutes or so on the field, Sarah suggested that we head up to the Green Monster to see if we could snag some home run balls. Sarah walked us up the steps and over to the Green Monster entrance where we went down to the seating area. A few balls were hit near us, but none of our guests were able grab one. But, the view from the Monster was fantastic.

We ended our tour by walking through the luxury suite area (yes, even old Fenway has luxury suites) and checking out the Red Sox Hall of Fame. All throughout the tour, Sarah gave us historical background on the stadium areas and the team. It was probably the best stadium tour on which we have ever been at Big League Tours.

We will make sure to include this VIP package on our 2014 luxury baseball tours to Boston. Keep an eye on our website for the 2014 tours announcement.  

Tags: Boston, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Green Monster

The Boston Destination Tour at Fenway Park

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

This season, based on requests from our guests, we began offering Destination Tours.Fenway scoreboard Instead of visiting multiple stadiums and cities, these tours give our guests the opportunity to explore one city and ballpark(s) usually over a long weekend. Guests enjoyed 2013 Destination Tours to Chicago and New York, and last week, Boston.

Our host hotel was the Boston Sheraton.  The Sheraton is the largest hotel in Boston and is connected to the Prudential Center.  The Prudential Center houses a wide variety of shops and restaurants and is "the place" to shop in Boston.  Our guests enjoyed the chance to check out the shopping and eateries during the free time they had on the tour.  

The first game at Fenway Park featured the Yankees against the Red Sox.  The group, with BLT host Mike Gorton, took the short 10 minute walk to Fenway Park to check out the sites and sounds around the ballpark before the game.  As always, our guests were seated in the lower level.  Unfortunately, the one thing we can't guarantee at Big League Tours is a close game.  Our guests watched the Yankees destroy the Red Sox 10-3.  

On Saturday, the group had all day in Boston to explore the city.  As part of the Destination Tour package, they received a Duck Tour of the city.  The Duck Tour is a land/water tour that takes folks through the historic city.  Our guests were thrilled with the added attraction provided by Big League Tours and said they would recommend it toBoston Sheraton anyone visiting Boston.

Sunday was the last day of the Boston Destination Tour.  After a full day in the city, we gathered in the lobby to head over to Fenway for a VIP Batting Practice Experience before the nationally televised ESPN game.  Our Red Sox tour guide, Sarah, met us at the VIP entrance then escorted to the field where we were able to watch batting practice from behind the screen.  Our guests were thrilled with the opportunity to be that close to all the players from both teams, and watched as the hitters bombed ball after ball into the seats.  Sarah took us up to the Green Monster in left field to see if we could catch a batting practice homer.  None of our guests were able to snag a ball, but the view and the IPA Green Monster beer made up for that.Fenway VIP Tour

After settling into their lower level seats, the group was treated to some excitement.  This was the game in which Ryan Dempster plugged A-Rod in the bottom of the second inning.  The benches cleared, Joe Girardi was tossed, and then the game continued without incident.  This game had a lot of action with 26 hits and 15 runs between the two teams.  The Yankees were victorious as they defeated the Red Sox, 9-6.

Our Destination Tours have been a big hit in 2013. You can expect to see more offerings in 2014 for Chicago, Boston, and New York.  We will also be adding more cities like LA and San Francisco to the Destination Tour list.  So, make sure to visit our website and sign up to receive the updates and tour schedules when they become available.

Tags: Red Sox, Boston, baseball travel, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Fenway Park, big league tours, Green Monster, Baseball

New Info Videos about our Baseball Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

If you haven't had a chance to visit our Big League Tours home page lately. I invite you to take a look.  www.bigleaguetours.com Glenn and I took time recently to record some videos that give an overview of the Big League Tours Differences.  One of the biggest differences is the location of the seats when guests travel with Big League Tours.  We guarantee lower level infield seats for every game.  We know that many of our guests are seeing the ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field for the first and only time.  And because of that, we make sure everyone has great seats. We don't purchase group seats in the upper deck or way down the line in the outfield.  Here's the video where Glenn talks about why we think sitting close to the action is important.

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