Best Family-Friendly Sport

The Akron Aeros and Canal Park

Consider the Akron Aeros nothing less than the defenders of the American way of life. This year, the cash-strapped city of Akron canceled its Fourth of July fireworks. But Aeros fans got their aerial explosions for no additional charge every Friday, all summer long. For no more than $10 a ticket, you'll see the Tribe of tomorrow slug it out in beautiful Canal Park, a 14-year-old showplace modeled after Baltimore's glorious Camden Yards. And don't forget to seek out specials like two-for-one ticket Tuesdays and discount family packs that will make you feel like tipping your box office cashier. And did we mention these boys bring home the hardware? The Aeros were Eastern League champions in 2009, 2005, and 2003. Now if they can rub some of that good luck on their big-league brothers, we'll all sleep better every summer.

300 South Main St., Akron, 330 253-5153 or 800-97-AEROS,