Recommended Cooperstown, NY, attractions and recreational activities -- What to See and Do
the editors at VisitingCooperstown.com
No matter what time of the year, Cooperstown, NY, offers a treasure of things to do in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. With rolling green hills, nine-mile Otsego Lake, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Farmers' Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, the toy village-like Main Street and so many more attractions, you're sure to have a great time in this special village from another era.
Some of the attractions below are seasonal. We recommend calling your chosen destination before setting forth on your itinerary.
Bear Pond Winery in Oneonta is about 20 minutes from Cooperstown and sells many fine white, red, and sparkling wines -- using New York State grapes grown on their property and at other local vineyards.
Route 28, Oneonta, NY Tel. (800)
Brewery Ommegang Belgian-style ales are the specialty here -- come tour the facility set within the beautiful Cooperstown area countryside.
656 Co Rte 33, Cooperstown NY - (800)544-1809
Clark's Sports Center This modern sports, health and recreational center offers swimming and diving pools, a fitness center, aerobics section, squash and racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall, gymnasium with basketball courts, an indoor running track, ten-pin bowling, an "indoor high-adventure ropes course and soccer and softball field. Nestled in between the Village of Cooperstown and pleasing rolling hills onbeautiful Susquehanna Rd., the Clarks Sports Center answers a family's and traveling athlete's call to stay active during a Cooperstown vacation.
Clark's Sport Center, Susquehanna Avenue, located one mile from the Center of the Village of Cooperstown
Cooperstown Art Association The Cooperstown Art Association (CAA) exhibits approximately 18 shows a year, featuring a cross section of styles and abilities an bringing in a multitude of artists and patrons. The CAA also offer classes, demonstrations and lectures throughout the year along with our ongoing figure drawing class.
Cooperstown Art Association, corner of Main and Fair Sts. (in the Village Library). Tel. (607) 547-9777
Cooperstown Dreams Park What a thrill it is each year for families to experience the joys of Cooperstown and watch their children playing baseball at the wonderful Cooperstown Dreams Park. It is "The Crown Jewel Of Youth Baseball...where baseball present meets the traditional values of the past."
Hwy 28, Cooperstown, NY, Tel. (704) 630-0050
Cooperstown Farmers' Market/Otsego 2000 A delightful family fun downtown experience where local food and arts and crafts vendors bring their fine products and down-to-earth personalities that create a charming Cooperstown experience.
PO Box 1130; Location: Pioneer Alley, Cooperstown NY ,Tel. (607)547-8881
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Experience a scenic and historic rail ride along the Susquehanna River... or visit the Railway Museum in Milford.
PO Box 681, Oneonta, NY 13820-; Location: Milford Depot Co Rte 166, Milford, NY, Tel. (607)432-2429
Cooperstown Trolley Two dollars for adults and half of that for kids will get you on the Cooperstown trolley, taking you to some of Cooperstown best attractions, as well as the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce information center. On the way, you'll see some amazing old homes, the charming downtown, Otsego Lake, great neighborhoods and many other landmarks, attractions and ways-of-life that make Cooperstown a special place. It's a great tour!
Cooperstown Fun Park Family fun abounds on the growing Route 28 southern corridor at Cooperstown Fun Park, including miniature golf, a video arcade, driving range and bumper boats.
Three miles south of Cooperstown, NY, Route 28, Tel. (607) 547-2767
Doubleday Batting Range
No trip to Cooperstown would be complete without a trip to the Doubleday Batting Range. One of Cooperstown's best-loved recreational attractions from April to October, the Doubleday Batting Range features several batting and softball cages, a pitching radar gun to measure the speed of your pitches, and sports video games. The staff is very friendly, making the experience even that much better. The Doubleday Batting Range is the ultimate in family fun and adjacent to Doubleday Field, making this section of Cooperstown a baseball lover's dream.
Doubleday Court, Cooperstown, N.Y. Tel. (607) 547-1852
Doubleday Field Named after Abner Doubleday (1819-1893), a Union Army General and allegedly the originator of baseball, Doubleday Field is as real as baseball stadiums get. Major League parks may try to create an intimate setting, but Doubleday Field was born that way and never strayed. The hope that baseball players play the game for only the love of their hobby or profession is fully realized everyday --three games a day during the baseball season -- on Doubleday Field's plush green field and perfectly manicured diamond. Seating capacity is 9,800. Admission is free and the experience is priceless.
25 Main St., Cooperstown, N.Y.
Erie Canal Cruises in Herkimer, NY allows you to take a scenic 90- minute tour of a section of the beautiful Erie Canal on a US Coast Guard certified Vessel that accommodates 60 passengers. About 45 minutes from Cooperstown.
800 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY. Tel. 315-717-0350
The Farmers' Museum and Fenimore Art Museum The Farmer's Museum which portrays rural life in early times. An herbal pharmacy, blacksmithing, weaving, printing, stickball games, music, farming, -- with many different animals -- and more make for a lively afternoon. Unlike other places of this ilk, it's not forced or hokey. Everything seems authentic. Virtually across the street is the Fenimore House Museum, "home to one of the country's premier folk art collections, and now the American Indian Wing with a dazzling collection and galleries 'any museum in the world would envy.'" (The New York Times). The Fenimore Museum also has great kids activities; we particularly enjoyed the gingerbread house-making class. So did the kids.
The museums attracts visitors year round for special events such as Candlelight Evening in December. The Candlelight evening represents the true essence of the holiday season with a beautiful Christmas tree, musical performances by local schools, delicious wassail, a wonderful Santa Claus telling great childrens' stories, horse-drawn carriage rides, warm, comfort food in the tavern, thousands of lights illuminating the beautiful countryside, and beautiful voices either singing holiday songs. The weather might be cold, but the feeling is ultimately warm at this grand event. Click here for Farmer's Museum calendar of events Click here for Fenimore Museum calendar of events
Farmer's Museum: PO Box 30; Location: St Hwy 80 Lake Rd., Cooperstown NY, Tel. (607)547-1450; Fenimore Art Museum: PO Box 800; Location: St Hwy 80 Lake Road, Cooperstown NY , Tel. (888)547-1450
Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard The Cider Mill is a turn-of-the-century water-powered mill with delicious apple cider, great box lunches (wonderful pulled pork and homemade pies), a picnic area, extensive two-story gift shop, and Fly Creek where kids can feed the ducks. The Fly Creek Cider Mill is rural American business at its best -- a viable, well-run operation where all employees work hard to ensure customers have fun and come away with good products. You simply can't get better cider anywhere else.
288 Goose Street, Fly Creek, NY , Tel. (607)547-9692
Glimmerglass Opera The Glimmerglass Opera, a world class company, attracts 32,000 patrons each season to its beautiful Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake. Click here for more information (including how to obtain tickets) and some select calendar of events
P.O. Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Tel., (607) 547-0700. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glimmerglass Queen A great way to experience the wonders of beautiful Otsego Lake, the roomy, clean Glimmerglass Queen offers spring, summer and fall boat tours.
from Lake Front Motel at Lakefront Park, Fair St., Cooperstown, NY,
Tel. (607) 547-8188
Glimmerglass State Park Glimmerglass State Park, 10 minutes out of Cooperstown Village and at the other end of Lake Otsego, is a model of how state parks should be run. Clean, well-maintained and ultimately beautiful, Glimmerglass State Park has a fine swimming beach in the summer, great cross country skiing and vast open land to roam any time of the year. The fresh air is enough to make one want to move instantly to this region.
PO Box 191; Location: 7300 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown NY, Tel. (607)547-2255
Howe Caverns, About 45 minutes from Cooperstown, Howe Caverns allows you to ake an 80-minute tour of a living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, located 156-feet below the earth's surface!
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave, NY. Tel. (518) 296-8990.
Route 28, Herkimer, NY. Tel. (315) 891-7355.
Hyde Hall Hyde Hall promotional literature accurately says it all: "Hyde Hall is a stunning reminder of a bygone American era when families of English aristocracy established vast estates in the former colonies. The house itself may well be the finest example of neoclassic country mansions anywhere in America. Roger Kennedy of the Smithsonian writes that Hyde Hall is "a great house, architecturally, and a social document of the first importance." The late former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan called Hyde Hall "one of the most remarkable buildings in America."
PO Box 721; Location: Mill Road, Cooperstown NY, Tel. (607)547-5098
Leatherstocking Golf Course Generally regarded as one of the best public golf courses in the eastern United States, this par 72 course located at the historic Otesaga Hotel offers a challenging golf experience further enhanced by the stunning views of Lake Otsego. Golf Digest awarded the Leatherstocking Golf Course four-and-one-half stars, while Condé Nast Traveler Magazine readers ranked the Leatherstocking Golf Course as 55th best in the country.
Leatherstocking Golf Course at the Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY, Tel.(800)348-6222
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, one of the great treasures in our country, resides proudly on Main Street in a stately large, brick building with a new, inviting outside entrance. The Hall of Fame's mission is to "relive the history of the National Pastime, through artifacts from historic records, to the plaques of the game's greatest players in the Hall of Fame Gallery," according to its literature. Once inside, that mission comes to life whether it be the incredible New York Yankees displays, an Abbott and Costello "Who's on First," movie clip, a wonderful baseball card display, or, of course, the memorable and historical Hall of Fame where one can read plaques all day on all the great players inducted into this illustrious museum.The Hall of Fame and Museum has a wonderful library and an appealing park area, perfect for a short stroll or yet another perspective on Otsego Lake. The Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-see for the baseball fan or anyone with an interest in history. It is, simply, one of life's great joys. Click her for National Baseball Hall of Fame current calendar of events
25 Main Street, Cooperstown NY, Tel. (888) 425-5633
Sam Smith's Boatyard One of the best ways to enjoy family fun recreational opportunities on beautiful Otsego Lake is to spend a day at Sam Smith's Boatyard. Rentals boats -- including canoes, kayaks, pontoons and fishing boats -- are available to rent as well as purchasing fishing licenses, fishing poles and live bait for the terrific fishing at this location. The fun doesn't end there as Sam Smith's Boatyard also features the Blue Mingo Grille for an upscale lakeside dinner on the outdoor porch, or a eat-in or take out lunch. Additionally, the Ship's Store offers a nice selection of clothing and garden. It's easy to spend a whole day at Sam Smith's Boatyard -- and then return again the next day.
6098 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY, Tel. (607) 547-2581
Science Discovery Center of Oneonta in Oneonta, NY -- Located in the basement at the State University of New York Oneonta's Physical Science Building, this low-key but enriching science center encourages hands-on, interactive discovery through exhibits and displays. Excellent for elementary school students!
Science Discovery Center of Oneonta, Physical Science Bldg, State University College, Oneonta, NY. Tel. (607) 436-2011
The Tepee in Cherry Valley, NY, is a beloved American roadside landmark featuring a 50-ft. tall metal cone and housing a gift shop with Native American souvenirs. Across the street are amazing panoramic views of the Mohawk Valley with the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Pete's Chow Wagon complements the experience with chili, hots, dogs, hamburgers and more healthy choices like veggie wraps. The chili is about the best I've ever tasted -- ordered to the desired amount of spiciness (they had us sign a phony disclaimer before trying the hottest level!).
US Highway 20 Cherry Valley, NY. Tel. (607) 264-3987.
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