A visit to Cooperstown, New York is on every baseball fan’s bucket list for obvious reasons... Doubleday Field, the annual Hall of Fame Weekend (July) and of course, America’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating the 150-year history of America’s favorite pastime. The real star of the show, however, is the quaint little village of Cooperstown itself. Located in the heart of picturesque Otsego county, it’s a little slice of Americana that’s been a crowd-pleasing vacation spot for families since the 19th century.
Here are fourteen more reasons why Cooperstown's a home run destination for all ages!
- Visit five state parks and enjoy miles of beautiful forest trails located right in the heart of Otsego County. Bike, pedal, paddle, rock climb, snowshoe, cross-country ski and camp.
- Hop on the trolley to tour Cooperstown all day long for peanuts ($3.00).
- Tour the extraordinary Fenimore Art Museum along with 30 other museums and galleries.
- Attend the internationally acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival.
- Treasure hunt for antiques at more than 50 shops in and around town.
- Tour the sylvan countryside that inspired James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales and The Last of the Mohicans.
- Spend a day on the farm at The Farmers' Museum. Build a fire the way nineteenth-century homesteaders did, cook a meal from period recipes using natural, farm-fresh ingredients. Make a batch of soap, dip candles and make cheese - all in one day!
- Tour the Cooperstown Beverage Trail to sample locally made brews at Ommegang and Cooperstown.
- Visit a 150-year-old working cider mill and sample local cheddar cheese, apple wine and fresh cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, just three miles out of town.
- Catch a live theater show at the Oneonta Theater, a refurbished 19th century theater, or at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, a brand new venue for entertainment of all types!
- Visit Hyde Hall, a 50-room mansion with sweeping views of the lake. It's considered the finest example of neoclassic country mansions anywhere in the United States.
- Relax on the water at Otsego Lake, a nine-mile-long, deep-water lake where you can rent a canoe, kayak or pontoon boat. If you don't want to be your own captain, book a one-hour sightseeing tour with the Glimmerglass Queen Tour Boat Company. Fishing trips can be arranged with C. P.'s Charter Service (315-858-3922).
- In season, go swimming at Three Mile Point or Fairy Springs, featuring beaches, picnic areas and lifeguards. The Clark Sports Center has an indoor pool, rock-climbing wall, ropes course, bowling alley, track, fitness center, tennis, squash and racquetball courts.
- Hungry? You'll find more than hot dogs, peanuts and beer in Cooperstown. Enjoy a tasty meal at one of the area's excellent restaurants and cafes.
For even more reasons to make the four-hour trek from Philly, visit ThisisCooperstown.com.
If you're a member of AAA, flash that card and save 10% on the entry fee of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.