New York Mets

Location: Shea Stadium, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing The New York Mets are one of the most lovable teams in baseball. Created in the National League expansion of 1962, the Mets (short for Metropolitans) began as one of the worst squads in history, winning only 40 games that first season and finding an endless array of wacky ways to lose. They were so bad that they build up a base of sympathetic and loyal fans, who were rewarded in 1969 with an improbable World Series championship. Thus, a trip to Shea Stadium, where the Mets play home games, is as much a love affair as a ball game. And 55,000-seat Shea, accessible by car, bus, ferry, subway and rail, offers an array of kid- and family-friendly activities. The baseball-headed Mr. Met will delight as he dances on the dugout. Hungry? Have a hot dog, or feast on Cascarino‘s Sicilian pizza. Then there’s Mets Fan Fest, a free event held three hours prior to each Friday, Saturday and Sunday game. Kids can soar on the Shea Bouncer, run the Mets Obstacle Course and do pretend play-by-play announcing of a game! There’s also a batting cage.