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Welcome to Cooperstown for Kids, a special Web Site that focuses on the magical spirit of Cooperstown, NY -- and all of its great attractions -- for your family trip-planning needs.

Written exclusively by tourists, Cooperstown for Kids features articles written from the heart and with good reason: we, and other Cooperstown for Kids writers, love the Cooperstown area for its unspoiled scenic beauty, a classic Main Street from another era, myriad attractions and friendly locals.

I first visited Cooperstown in 1972 when my folks took us on a lake vacation at the Lake n' Pines Motel (still here). We loved staying by beautiful Otsego Lake, eating at the comfortable Red Sleigh restaurant (unfortunately, gone) and, of course, visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  I didn't return until the late 80s and ever since then have returned on a regular basis. Revered businesses like Sherry's Turkey Farm and the Glimmerglass Restaurant might be gone, but what remains forever constant is a village stuck in time for all the right reasons.  Through preservation and a great community master plan, Cooperstown evokes memories of what your town used to look like before they replaced your community with generic housing developments, chain stores and shopping centers, and that overall dreaded "anytown USA" cookie-cutter look.  Cooperstown is the antidote to such disturbing, modern-day community development plans.

The journey of traveling west on Route 20 through charming yet modest small towns, experiencing the stunning distant Adirondack Mountain views from Cherry Valley, and then turning left on Route 80 to soon see the first glimpses of pristine Otsego Lake is priceless. It's like we're coming home. Of course, entering the village via Lake St., with all its proud, old homes, getting a quick look at Lakefront Park, going past the Clinton Dam and the beginning of the Susquehanna River and then turning right onto Main Street is one of those experiences that we think about daily when not in Cooperstown.
Cooperstown is indeed a magical place, one of those communities that makes you feel healthy and vital. Perhaps it is the mix of the fresh air, the abundant plant life, the views of Otsego Lake and the gentle rolling hills, wonderful tree-lined neighborhoods or those friendly people that make it such a wonderful place, but I feel there is an unknown additional factor that separates Cooperstown "from the rest."

You just have to be there! Cooperstown is a special family travel destination made to enjoy now and for your children, most likely to return many years later, as adults eternally in love with this special place.

Enjoy your family visit to Cooperstown!

Best regards,
Eric at

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Experience a Memorable Cooperstown Lake Vacation at the Bayside Inn and Marina

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Bay Side Inn & Marina, located on Otsego Lake just 7 miles from

Cooperstown, NY, offers 31 rooms & 10 fully equipped cottages.  Our
pleasant, comfortable accommodations in a wooded setting with picnic BBQ areas, swimming beach (safe for small children) and free kayaks & canoes is the perfect restful retreat after a busy day at the Hall of Fame or other museums & activities available to you in America's Baseball Town.  Our game room & fitness room will keep your mind & body in shape too!  Our friendly & professional staff, always onsite, will do everything they  can to make your "Cooperstown Lake Vacation" a memorable one.

Bayside Inn and Marina
7090 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Toll Free: 1-866-547-2371
Fax: (607) 547-5856

COOPERSTOWN FOR KIDS! An Otsego County Media Group Publication 2008
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