Cooperstown for Kids

A Cooperstown for Kids Feature Presentation
Cooperstown family travel and classic baseball videos can be viewed on  every page of this site (after each article, excluding the homepage)!

Cooperstown Family Calendar of Events

Springfield, NY, Fourth of July Parade
Springfield Fourth of July Parade

Read about the latest family attractions events in the Cooperstown area, including news from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Farmers' Museum, and Fenimore Art Museum.

Cooperstown on a Budget

Cooperstown NY Community Band
The Cooperstown Community Band offers free concerts during the summer

Gas prices and general inflation got you down? Maximize your hard-earned money by following these money-saving Cooperstown vacation tips.

Family Travel Beyond Cooperstown

Howe Caverns, Cobleskill, NY
Howe Caverns in Cobleskill, NY, features an 80-minute tour of a living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, located 156-feet below the earth's surface!

Cooperstown is truly a great American travel destination, but did you know that many of the surrounding towns offer endless scenic beauty and many family-oriented attractions? Read all about visiting "Otsego County and just beyond!"

Cooperstown For Your Parents' Special Getaway

Lakefront Park, Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, NY
Lakefront Park can provide a place for parents to reconnect and reflect

Parents need their own special time together, too. read about why Cooperstown can be a special getaway for Mom and Dad!
 There's no shortage of  Cooperstown area restaurants that cater to every taste at affordable prices.


Hoffman Lane Bistro pleases parents with upscale, creative dishes while children get to color on paper tablecloths, eat chicken fingers and pasta, and be treated very well by a friendly staff (Frank Forte Photography. All work is copyright protected).

Cooperstown, NY, has a lot of "specials" on its vacation menu, including many family-friendly restaurants featuring colorful settings, affordable prices and delicious food.

Our favorite Cooperstown restaurant is the Doubleday Cafe
(93 Main St., Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-5468), located in the heart of the Village of Cooperstown. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Doubleday Cafe seems to hit a home run with every meal they serve -- omelets, wraps, salads, steak dinners, creative seafood specials, delicious desserts, to name a few.  The Doubleday Cafe perhaps catches the spirit of Cooperstown the best of any Cooperstown restaurant. The busy, inviting dining room/bar area with high ceilings, big picture windows overlooking beautiful Main St., sports on the televisions, and crowds of  "locals" and visitors help make the Doubleday Cafe an unofficial community meeting place -- with terrific food, of course!

Despite some minor annoyances (like charging 75 cents for a lemon in our glass of water), T.J.'s Grille 
(124 Main St., Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-4040) is also an excellent family dining choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. T.J.'s atmosphere is fun with neon flourishes, a large screen television, black and white tile floors, a display case of baked goods, statues of Laurel and Hardy, an adjoining gift shop, pinball games at the entrance and a Dino the Dinosaur (from that brilliant television and transcending cartoon show, The Flintstones) ride out front. T.J.'s makes an excellent mac and cheese, roast chicken and turkey dinners, meatloaf and over sized sandwiches. T.J.'s is also located in the heart of the Village, making it convenient to many Cooperstown attractions.

An up-and-coming restaurant is The Pit (34-36 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-9611), located in the cellar of the Tunnicliff Inn. Formerly a mediocre restaurant with a limited lunch menu and really crabby waitresses, The Pit has transformed into an extremely well-run restaurant with more sophisticated, pleasant service, a wider variety of comfort and healthier foods, and a childrens' menu with bargain prices.  The Pit always had potential with its cozy, dimly-lit basement oasis and now it has finally delivered on its promise. Parents can have tasty salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches for lunch or impressive looking steak, seafood and chicken dishes for dinner, while the kids can enjoy the requisite hot dogs, chicken fingers and pasta -- by the way, done better than most other restaurants.  The Pit has a very good chef in its kitchen!

Of course, no visit to Cooperstown would be complete without a visit to the tiny Cooperstown Diner
(136 1/2 Main St., Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-9201).  This landmark diner really does a tremendous job with breakfast and lunch, as well as with their limited dinner menu. It's everything a diner should be -- pleasantly plain with quick, friendly service, booths and a counter area, and lots of home style food.  The Cooperstown Diner isn't much bigger than your home's family room, so you can expect a wait sometimes --  outside of the restaurant as there's no indoor waiting area, of course!

Hoffman Lane Bistro (Hoffman Lane, Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-7055) and Hawkeye Grill (60 Lake St Cooperstown, Tel. 607-547-9931) in the Otesaga Resort Hotel might initially seem like more like special date places for parents, but both are quite accommodating to well- behaved children. Hoffman Lane Bistro features multi- level dining with a sleek, contemporary design. Hoffman's has a children's menu, and paper tablecloths for children and really immature adults to color with crayons. For the adults, the menu selection and quality of food rivals that of any highly regarded urban dining spot. We recommend a mixed greens or Caesar salad, chicken alfredo with roasted red peppers, artichokes, pearl onions and penne, pan seared salmon with basmati rice and lemon caper sauce and the beyond tasty meatloaf dinner.  The Hawkeye Grill is simply wonderful, a restaurant with lovely views of Otsego Lake (with memorable outdoor dining in the summer) and type of food you'd expect from a first-class hotel landmark. The Hawkeye allows casual (but neat) dressing and is actually a good family vacation -- unusual for restaurants of this genre.  We love the fillet mignon of beef tenderloin, the grilled shrimp risotto and any "seafood of the day" special. Service is professional and refined but very friendly, thus adding to the Hawkeye's presence as a valid place for a well-behaved family to eat!

Featuring Cooperstown travel videos and classic baseball clips to get you in the Cooperstown spirit! All videos are rated G for the whole family to enjoy!

This page features a tour of shops on Main St., and some fascinating Cooperstown history:


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Kid-Friendly Hotels in Cooperstown

Best Western Inn and Suites Cooperstown pool
Best Western Inn and Suites at the Commons

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Cooperstown for Kids Hotel Travel Tip of the Day: If you are planning to be in Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Hall of Fame Weekend on July 25-28(with Induction on Sunday July 27), RESERVE NOW! Rooms fill up quickly for this historical, and fun weekend!

Otsego Lake
Lake View Motel
Terrace Motor Inn

Green Apple Inn

Minutes to the Village
Red Carpet Inn

Hotel Chains Near Cooperstown Dreams Park
Best Western Inn and Suites at the Commons
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Cooperstown

Lodging Near Cooperstown

Cherry Valley
Richfield Springs

Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast

COOPERSTOWN FOR KIDS! An Otsego County Media Group Publication 2008
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