Sporty sojourns for the whole family

SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 3/14/2019, 10:37 a.m.
Sports-theme vacations are more popular than ever.
Family at Riverwalk Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Vermont

The Best of Vermont Bike tour showcases the stuff that makes for much of the buzz about the Green Mountain State. Great Freedom Adventures’ six-day Vermont bike tour includes hipster haunt Burlington, Vermont’s largest and liveliest city, the shores Lake Champlain, Champlain Valley, the Green Mountain National Forest, remote wildlife refuges and rural farm landscapes. Overnights are spent in four historic and fun locales—Burlington, Waitsfield-Warren, Norwich and Woodstock. You’ll sample some of the state’s finest inns and restaurants noted for their locally sourced foods and creative chefs. During the tour, you’ll not only bike, but hike and make stops at a brewery, cheese factory, museum and more.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Typically the first week of September the sports throw down is at Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resorts’ jam-packed weeklong event full of fun and feisty competition. Choose your arena to show off, tennis tournaments, kayaking competitions, golf and bowling tournaments, soccer games, beach volleyball matches, swim races at the Semi-Olympic swimming pool, and a softball game between guests and the resort’s staff. Put your game face on!

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires’ famed Abierto de Polo occurs every November through mid-December and is held in the Campo Argentino de Polo in the city’s Palermo neighborhood. The Open is one of Buenos Aires’ most anticipated periods. Be seen and see—celebrities, royals and everybody in between. Hotels throughout Buenos Aires offer special Polo season packages, with tickets included in room purchases. You can also get tickets in a range of prices from about $12 - $40 and up. On and off the field, there are plenty of ways to do polo like a porteño, as the locals are known, whether catching a match or sipping a polo-themed drink in an equestrian bar. If you want to experience the game, you can opt for a polo experience at a polo club or on an estancia, where you can become a player for the day. In the stunning surroundings of the Argentine countryside travelers head over to Puesto Viejo Estancia, which offers Polo Days all year long. Learn more about the game, enjoy two lessons with a professional instructor and watch polo club members play a hard-fought match.