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FAMILY ATTRACTIONS IN COOPERSTOWN NEW YORK!

 Cooperstown has the distinction of being a lovely rural area with a lot of culture and world-class attractions

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of America's great tourist attractions (Cooperstown for Kids File Photo)

Cooperstown, NY, offers so many wonderful attractions that we often find that it takes an extra vacation or two to visit every place on our list.  Of course, you could spend time in Cooperstown just relaxing by the lake or taking a walk, and the village would still be great!  But why pass on so many unique, educational, informative and entertaining attractions?


We have often found that visiting just a few Cooperstown area attractions a day is the limit.  Many family travel landmarks like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Farmers' Museum, and Fenimore Art Museum can joyously fill up an entire morning or afternoon. Others like the Farmers' Market and Doubleday Batting range require less time, although they can be just as enjoyable!

Whatever each family member wants in a vacation, they are most likely to find at the myriad Cooperstown attractions.  After all, how can you go wrong with baseball, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, hot dogs and hamburgers, miniature golf, and of course, world-class museums like the Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmers' Museum and Fenimore Art Museum?

Below are some of the top family attractions that we recommend when visiting in Cooperstown. Additionally, don't forget to visit our Cooperstown Recreation Attractions and Otsego County and Beyond Attractions pages, as well as the rest of our site!


The Cooperstown Bat Company, 6106 State Highway 28, Fly Creek, Tel. 607-547-2415 or (888) 547-2415 -- With its factory based in neighboring Fly Creek and a retail shop on picture-perfect Main Street in Cooperstown (at 118 Main St.), the Cooperstown Bat Company sells some of the best made collectors baseball bats known. From custom engraving to high quality bats for players and collectors, the Cooperstown Bat Company has been making wonderfully-made baseball bats since 1981. The store is less a tourist attraction than an American way of life, celebrating America's favorite pastime in an elegant presentation and thoughtful customer service. It is a must-stop for any baseball aficianado when visiting Cooperstown.


Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival -- Wonderfully played concerts performed by dedicated, talented area musicians will be offered in 2008 throughout the Cooperstown area.  Visit the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival Web Site

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. Cooperstown Farmers' Market,  Pioneer Alley, Cooperstown NY. Tel. (607)547-8881. Visit the Cooperstown Farmers Market Web Site

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad -- Experience a scenic and historic rail ride along the Susquehanna River... or visit the Railway Museum in Milford. Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, PO Box 681, Oneonta, NY 13820-; Location: Milford Depot Co Rte 166, Milford, NY, Tel. 607-432-2429
 

Cooperstown Trolley -- Three dollars for adults and one dollar for children under 12 will get you on the Cooperstown trolley, taking you to some of Cooperstown best attractions!   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!

A visit to Cooperstown is fun for all kids who love baseball. Many fall in love with the game before their hands are even big enough to hold wiffle ball bats or youth baseball bats and continue their love of the game throughout their lives. It is not uncommon to see grandparents,parents and children all together at Cooperstown, sharing their love of the game.

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 Batting Range, Doubleday Court, Cooperstown, NY. Tel. (607) 547-1852

 

Abner 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. Abner Doubleday Field, 25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY.


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. 

The Farmers' Museum: PO Box 30; Location: St Hwy 80 Lake Rd., Cooperstown NY, Tel. 60-547-1450; 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. Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek, NY , Tel. 607-547-9692

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.  National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main St., Cooperstown NY, Tel. 888- 425-5633

Editor's note: for those who have been to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, we'd love to hear from you on your experiences. Visit our National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum input page and Hall of Fame reviews pages.

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