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Cooperstown is synonymous with baseball.
Abner Doubleday is said to have developed
America’s favorite pastime there in 1839.
Today, you’ll find game-related attractions like
the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum,
Cooperstown Bat Company, Cooperstown
Dreams Park (a learning, practice and tournament facility for youth teams) and Cooperstown All Star Village, a resort featuring tournaments for players 12 and under. Everyone
should attend a game at Doubleday Field. It’s a
Cooperstown classic, known the world over.
Baseball is a major-league draw, for sure, but
Cooperstown, in rural Otsego County, is a destination that hits it out of the park for people
of all ages and interests. You’ll find family fun,
arts, culture, craft beverages, casual and fine
dining, outdoor activities and much more.
That’s why the Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County calls it a “multiseason, multi-reason destination.’’
Cooperstown and Otsego County offer an array of accommodations for couples, families
and solo travelers, from campsites to hotels and
motels, charming inns, bed and breakfasts and
AirBnBs and luxurious resort lodging.

COVID-19 note: It’s a good idea to check

business/destination websites for the most upto-date information on hours, capacities, the
need for reservations, etc.


Cooperstown, on Otsego Lake, was established
in 1786 by William Cooper, a judge and congressman. He purchased an estimated 10,000
acres of land, then sold parcels with a 10-year
payback plan that would become known as the
first planned community in the United States.
His son, James Fenimore Cooper, wrote about
life in this Iroquois frontier region, becoming
America’s first international best-selling author
with “The Leatherstocking Tales” and “The
Last of the Mohicans.”
Today, Cooperstown is a charming, one-stoplight village that offers visitors a slice of Americana. It has been recognized as one of “The 25
Best Small Towns in America” by Architectural
Digest magazine (2018) and one of “America’s
Most Charming Small Towns” by

Nearly 300,000 people a year visit the National
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is
on Main Street in Cooperstown’s downtown
district. Plan on two to three hours or more to
explore the history of the sport and its many
magic moments.
Further get in the spirit of the game at Doubleday Field. The ballpark named for Abner
Doubleday hosts games several times a day
between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Most
are free and open to the public.
Cooperstown Bat Company makes gamequality, professional use bats for players of all
ages, using woods like maple, ash and birch.
It also offers personalized bats for gifts for all
occasions. The company has a retail store on
Main Street in Cooperstown. To see how bats
are made, visit the CBC factory at 3152 County
Road 11 in Hartwick.

Photo credits: This Is Cooperstown

Had enough baseball? Learn about the trades,
village life and agriculture in New York State
circa 1845 at The Farmers’ Museum. The living history museum is spread out in a parklike setting on Route 80, a short drive from
Cooperstown. Don’t miss the Cardiff Giant,
“America’s Greatest Hoax,’’ in the main barn
building and the Empire State Carousel. The
carousel, which has been called “a museum
you can ride on,’’ features hand-carved animals
plus hundreds of carved elements representing
natural resources and notable figures in New
York State history.
The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad dates to the 1800s, and today you can ride
in the historic cars for fun. Regularly scheduled
excursions are offered as are specially themed
rides, like the Blues Express and staged train
robberies. The railroad is owned and operated
by the Leatherstocking Chapter of the National
Railway Historical Society.


The Fenimore Art Museum is a top-notch arts
institution in a neo-Georgian mansion overlooking Otsego Lake. Exhibits range from 19th
century photography to American folk art and
fine art to the renowned Thaw Collection of
American Indian Art to art objects that once
belonged to author James Fenimore Cooper
and his family.
The Glimmerglass Festival, an internationally
acclaimed summer opera and musical theater
event, moves its performances outdoors this
year to a new stage on the festival grounds.
Under normal circumstances, festival performances take place in an intimate, 915-seat
theater. Check the festival website for Glimmerglass on the Grass performance schedule
and details.

Hyde Hall, a National Historic Landmark, is
a neoclassical country mansion designed by
architect Philip Hooker for George Clarke, a
wealthy landowner. The house was constructed
between 1817 and 1834 and designed with
noteworthy English and American architectural features. The mansion is in Glimmerglass
State Park. Visitors are invited to take a selfguided tour of some of the mansion’s 50 rooms,
explore the meticulously landscaped grounds
and enjoy the expansive view of Otsego Lake.


Farm-to-table dining is a favorite, and international and classic American culinary options
abound in and around Cooperstown. The
Otesaga Hotel is a grand place to have drinks
or dinner – or both. The hotel’s Fire Bar is a
popular place to have drinks and small plates
and watch the sun set over Otsego Lake.
The year-round Cooperstown Farmers’ Market
and Oneonta Farmers’ Market (both on Saturday) feature local produce, meat, dairy, honey,
syrup, jams and other artisanal foods.
Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard in Fly Creek,
a few miles from Cooperstown, is a historic,
water-powered cider mill on the banks of Fly
Creek. The mill has been pressing fresh, sweet
cider for more than 160 years. Self-guided
tours include interactive exhibits and live
in-season demos. A popular draw is the Mill
Street Marketplace, where visitors can sample
salsas, hot sauces, salad dressings, jams and jellies, fudge and other specialty food items made
on site.
Brewery Ommegang became the first farmstead brewery built in the U.S. in more than
100 years when it opened its doors in the Cooperstown countryside in 1997. The brewery,
best known for its range of Belgian-style beers
and “Game of Thrones’’ themed beers, has
evolved over the years to offers tastings, tours
and concerts. The menu at Café Ommegang
(also served on an expansive covered patio) is
designed to complement the beers.
The Cooperstown area was once the hub of
hops production in the U.S. Today, the region
is home to breweries, wineries, a distillery and
a historic cider mill, each one making tasty
beverages. The Cooperstown Beverage Trail
debuted with four establishments – Bear Pond
Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company,
Brewery Ommegang and Fly Creek Cider Mill.
Newer members include Rustic Ridge Winery,
Cooperstown Distillery and Pail Shop Vineyards. Thousands of visitors raise a glass at
these producers each year.
Source: This Is Cooperstown,


Cooperstown is made for outdoor adventure
– both on land and water. There are miles of
lakes and rivers throughout Otsego County
and dozens of parks, many with trails for walking, hiking and biking. You can paddleboard
the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, kayak on tree-rimmed lakes, take a sunset cruise
on Otsego Lake, as well as fish and swim. Don’t
have a boat? Rent one for a day or two.

Photo credit: This Is Cooperstown

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