Baseball season begins Sunday, and for those fans who want to get closer to the sport, there’s a new way to experience it this year. Legendary producer and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has partnered with the travel company Tauck to create a four-day celebration of America’s national pastime.
Based on Burns’ acclaimed film “Baseball,” the event will anchor in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. You’ll arrive in Cooperstown and check in at The Otesaga Resort on Lake Otsego. The trip is unique because it’s not merely a chance to tour baseball’s national shrine, but also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Burns speak and meet with baseball legends such as Hall of Fame players Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith. There are presentations by historian and author Daniel Okrent, an originator of fantasy baseball, and exclusive tours of the museum.
A lakeside barbecue will give you a chance to mingle with Niekro and Smith, and you’ll get to hit a few balls at the Doubleday Field batting cages. There’s more action too, in the form of a 19th-century “Town Ball” game, which will be played on the grounds of the Fenimore Art Museum.
To keep the experience intimate, Tauck is only making 200 tickets available, and prices begin at $3,690 for four days.
If baseball isn’t your passion but you have a soft spot for documentary films, be on the lookout for additional tours and events hosted by Burns and Tauck this year, including trips planned around his films “The Civil War,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” and “Prohibition.”
For more information, visit the Tauck site: