The village of Cooperstown in New York may be best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but there’s more to this popular vacation spot than meets the eye.
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Opened in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum remains the premier attraction in Cooperstown. The village was established by William Cooper in 1786, and it’s even rumored that baseball was invented here, on a cow pasture in 1839 by Abner Doubleday. The village center is home to the Cooperstown Historic District, with many buildings dating back to pre-1900. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dining out in Cooperstown starts by the lake, with a variety of restaurants offering fantastic, fresh surf and turf with stunning views (especially at sunset). There are plenty of family-friendly spots for dining too, as well as cafés and fine dining restaurants focused on locally sourced, organic produce.
What to do
Start your vacation by exploring the Baseball Hall of Fame with its interactive exhibits—visit the Plaque Gallery to see the 317 plaques dedicated to the Hall of Fame members. You could easily spend most of your day here, but make sure you also check out the Farmers Museum for an insight into village life around 1845. This living history museum has plenty of hands-on activities for families. Also worth visiting is the Fenimore Art Museum with its collection of American Indian and folk art.
Enjoy the great outdoors and go hiking, biking, fishing or golfing. Relax on the beach or rent a canoe or kayak and cruise down the Susquehanna River or Goodyear Lake. Or sample local beverages with a free guided tour of Brewery Ommegang or Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.
Top Travel tips
The nearest airport offering domestic flights is Albany International, around 72 miles from Cooperstown—for international flights it is 95 miles to Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
Car rental is the best way to get around, and you’ll find several major car rental chains in nearby Oneonta.
From July-August, the Glimmerglass Festival lets you enjoy opera performances outdoors in a spectacular setting overlooking Otsego Lake, with picnics available.
All the baseball you could ever want, a rich history, delicious options for dining and the great outdoors right on your doorstep—Cooperstown is the perfect destination for your vacation this year.
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