Things to do In Cooperstown Area
Cooperstown is the Upstate New York destination that appeals to all ages and interests. Scenic Otsego Lake beckons nature–lovers with a penchant for fishing. The Glimmerglass Opera impresses patrons of the performing arts. Baseball fans meet kindred spirits at the Hall of Fame. Families wander the streets of a reconstructed 1800’s village at the Farmers Museum.
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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cooperstown celebrates America’s favorite pastime with an extensive collection of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, exhibits, and a research library. Read about the lives and careers of baseball’s greatest athletes in the Hall of Fame. Visit www.baseballhalloffame.org
Experience the authentic taste of traditionally brewed Belgian beer at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. Tours of the brewery are offered daily. Learn from the brewmeisters how and why time–honored brewing techniques like open fermentation and warm cellaring produce award–winning beer. Visit www.ommegang.com
Cooperstown Brewing Company.
The Cooperstown Brewing Company is famous for its premium ales, porters and stouts that are masterfully brewed in small batches for superior taste and quality. Brewery tours are offered daily and culminate with an informal tasting session. Cooperstown Brewing Company beers, with names such as Old Slugger, Benchwarmer and Slugger, pay homage to the region’s baseball legacy. Visit www.cooperstownbrewing.com
Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Cooperstown Dreams Park is home to the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. This complex of playing fields was built in 1996 with the mission of providing any 12 and Under youth baseball team in America with the experience of playing baseball in Cooperstown. Visit www.cooperstowndreamspark.com
Fenimore Art Museum.
The Fenimore Art Museum houses one of the world’s largest and most detailed collections of American art, folk art, and American Indian art. The museum features permanent and changing exhibitions that include studied works of art such as historical portraits by painters Gilbert Stuart and Ralph Earl; a seven–foot long panel depicting a 1773 farmstead, considered to be the first landscape painted in the United States; and more than 800 American Indian art objects. Visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
The Farmers’ Museum.
Step back in time to 19th century America at The Farmers’ Museum. Interactive displays, living history exhibits, and an extensive collection of over 23,000 historic artifacts depict life as an Upstate New Yorker in early America. The Farmers’ Museum features dozens of authentic New York buildings, including a live barnyard where visitors can milk a cow. Visit www.farmersmuseum.com
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.
At the historic Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, visitors get a first–hand look at how apple cider is made. Self–guided tours wind visitors past the pressing room where crisp, juicy apples are pressed in the sweet, delicious cider that New Yorkers have enjoyed for over 150 years. Also onsite are a winery, restaurant and bakery, and a small market that sells fresh, homemade treats. Visit www.flycreekcidermill.com
Leatherstocking Railway Train Ride.
Learn about the fascinating history of railways and their significance on Otsego County and the nation. The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society was established to preserve the stories and legacy of railroads and the people who are passionate about them. Visit www.lrhs.com
Glimmerglass Opera is an internationally acclaimed opera theatre that opened its doors in 1975. Since its humble beginnings in the Cooperstown High School auditorium, Glimmerglass Opera has evolved into a world–class performing arts organization. Each season, Glimmerglass Opera presents 43 performances of four operas in the Alice Busch Opera Theatre situated on the shores of Otsego Lake. Visit www.glimmerglass.org
Otesaga Leatherstocking Golf Course.
A round of 18 holes at the par 72 Otesaga Leatherstocking Golf Course is a must for any golfer. The scenic course on Otsego Lake was designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmett and is considered one of the most challenging resort golf courses on the East Coast. A practice facility and the Leatherstocking Golf School are renowned. Visit http://www.otesaga.com/LGC/.
Hyde Hall. Historians, architecture experts and critics consider Hyde Hall to be the finest neoclassic country mansion in the United States. Overlooking Otsego Lake, Hyde Hall was built nearly 200 years ago by English ex–pat George Clarke. The house features nearly 50 rooms, many of which are being restored. Tours of Hyde Hall are led by knowledgeable guides. Visit http://www.hydehall.org.
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