Midwest Living Review
Right next door to the Great American Ballpark, the Reds Hall of Fame (which opened in 2005) is worth a side trip, especially for baseball fans and for anyone who enjoys cultural history. We spent our time on the second floor in the permanent exhibits (the first floor contains changing exhibits). Beyond the lobby, you have the option of taking the elevator of stairs. If you can, opt for the stairs because you will see the famous wall of 4,256 baseballs -- representing Pete Rose's record for most major league hits (they're not the actual balls he hit, but are balls used in actual games). You also get a nice view of the river. Allow about an hour or so to walk through the upstairs exhibits. You'll learn about some of the Reds best hitters, fielders, runners, pitchers and managers. Let the kids hang out in the Kids Clubhouse, while you "make the call" in the announcer booth with longtime announcers for the Reds, Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall. Practice your pitching in The Strike Zone, where you can face down a major league hitter and check the speed of your fast ball. Definitely stop inside ultimate Reds' lounge (wood paneled, of course!) and check out all of the memorabilia. It was a thrill to see the three World Series trophies (1975, 1976 and 1990) in the Great Teams room, and to learn about The Big Red Machine of the 70s. The Hall of Fame is the last stop, and it's quite beautiful -- a simple and elegant display celebrating the greatest players in the past 100-plus years. Admission charged.