Things To Do in Cooperstown, NY

Cooperstown, New York is a quaint upstate town famous for being the home of American’s favorite pastime, baseball, but there are many other things to do in Cooperstown, NY while visiting here.

The village was named after Colonel William Cooper who built his inn along Otsego Lake. Nowadays this is where you will find one of Cooperstown’s main attractions, the Baseball Hall of Fame.

However, it is also home to Cooperstown Beverage Trail which allows visitors to taste different beers from around the world. You can also take a ride on the Charlotte Valley Railroad or take a cruise on Otsego Lake, both places offering scenic views of this historic region.

So whether you’re an avid baseball fan, looking for some beer tasting, or just want to take in some scenery, there are plenty of things to do when visiting Cooperstown NY.

Things To Do in Cooperstown, NY

This is a great place to spend an entire weekend and see everything it has to offer.

Let’s check out some of these fun places to go in Cooperstown.

Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown

Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, NY

A visit to Cooperstown would not be complete without visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame, which is one of the most important tourist attractions in all of New York State.

It’s a museum that honors the players, managers, umpires, and baseball pioneers that have made an important contribution to the success of baseball around the world.

The museum contains a large collection of baseball memorabilia from all eras including items that belonged to greats like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Ted Williams.

The Baseball Hall of Fame also contains many items that are used by players today such as the glove from Mark Mcgwire and bat from Sammy Sosa.

PLEASE NOTE:

During Covid, you must make a reservation online at link to reserve your timed admission tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults (13-64) $25, Seniors (65+) $25 with a $5 discount at checkout, Juniors (7-12) $15, Veterans $25 with a $7 discount at checkout, under 6 and active/career retired military are free. Hours vary depending on the season but during the summer the Baseball Hall of Fame is opened daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, 99 Main Street, Cooperstown

One of the places to visit in Cooperstown is the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. It’s a museum that displays replicas of famous players like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.

Baseball Wax Museum in Cooperstown, NY
Baseball Wax Museum Cooperstown, NY

The museum is opened daily from 9 am to 9 pm. Tickets are available at the location (you do not need to reserve) and are $13.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.

Cooperstown Bat Company, 118 Main Street, Cooperstown

Cooperstown Bat Company in upstate New York

Handmade bats are sold here and you can get a custom one with your name on it. The store is located in Cooperstown but the bats are made 15 minutes away at 3152 County Highway 11 in Hartwick, NY. If you have time during your visit to Cooperstown, it’s worth the ride to see the bat factory.

There are no sufficient tour times (so try to avoid lunchtime) but you can see the entire process of these bats. Learn how a quality bat is made for major league baseball players.

What a great souvenir of your visit to Cooperstown!

For information on another quaint upstate New York town, you should visit see this post on Margaretville, NY.

Doubleday Field, 1 Doubleday Court, Cooperstown

This 10,000 seat stadium, which is owned by the town of Cooperstown, is just a few blocks from the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is where baseball began. Take a walk and take in this historic setting. If you are lucky enough you may even be able to catch a game as it is used by local schools in the area.

Cooperstown Dream Park, 4550 State Highway 28, Milford, NY

Cooperstown Dream Park is an 18-acre park that was designed as a tribute to baseball. It’s where America’s youth come to play baseball. Each year teams from around the country participate in baseball camps and tournaments which give these young adults an opportunity of a lifetime, to play ball where it all began.

Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY is a place where art and culture come together for the enjoyment of all who visit. There is always a diverse lineup of exhibitions, educational programs, and art talks.

Enjoy a walk on the grounds of the museum overlooking a beautiful section of Otsego Lake.

Museum hours and cost:

Opened 10 am to 5 pm daily during its peak season from May 3 to Columbus Day

Opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm April 1 and May 2 and October 12 to December 31

Closed for winter from January 1 to March 31

Admission is adults (20 to 64) $12 and Seniors 65+ $10.50. Everyone 19 and under is free.

Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Farmer's Museum Cooperstown, NY
Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Cooperstown is not just the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; it is also a farming community. The Farmer’s Museum will take you back in time to experience what life was like on a pre-industrialized farm. The museum offers demonstrations and educational programs that teach about the evolution of agriculture and provide insight into the lives of early Cooperstown residents. The museum has various exhibits, including a petting zoo, an apiary, livestock exhibits, and vegetable gardens.

The Farmers’ Museum is a place for family entertainment and activity. The museum provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors who made their living from the soil.

The museums hours and cost are as follows:

April-October: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm; closed on Mondays. From November-March: Wednesday & Friday, 1pm-4:30 pm; Saturday/Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm. Adults $9, students & seniors (62+) $8, children 5-12 years $4.50, under 5 free.

March 8th – December 31st: Daily, 10AM-5PM (closed on Tuesdays), Adults $10, Students & Seniors (62+) $9, Children 6-12 years $5. 50 under 6 Free.

The Empire State Carousel

Empire State Carousel in the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, NY
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Donated to the Farmers Museum in 2006, the Empire State Carousel consists of 25 hand-carved aminals representing New York State. These figures include a fish, pig, cow, chicken, and frog amongst others.

There are also hand curved seats that are a scalloped shell representing the state’s shellfish as well as an Erie Canal boat seat and a lover’s tub seat.

Around the top of the carousel, there are hand-carved figures notable to New York state’s history including Theodore Roosevelt, Jack Robinson, and Walt Whitman to name a few. There are also 8 murals on the carousel representing towns across the state.

The attraction is opened during the museum’s regular hours. Come see and take a ride on this historical carousel known as “the museum you can ride”.

Charlotte Valley Railroad 136 Main Street, Milford, NY

The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad (located south of Cooperstown) is another must-see and fun experience. This old-fashioned train excursion will whisk you away to the hills of Otsego County along the Susquehanna River for a sense of yesteryear, with time travel at every turn.

All Aboard for a train experience which includes Train Robberies, Pumpkin Patch trains, Fall Foliage train rides, and Santa Express in December.

Tickets start at $15 and up depending on the excursion you choose. For more information and to book your tickets check out their website Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.

The Milford Track

Cooperstown & Charlotte Railroad presents the Milford Track, a Rail Explorer that is 12 miles round trip. You ride along the Susquehanna River through farms, woods, and across bridges. What an exciting experience for everyone.

Tadem (2 passengers) rides are $95 and Quad (4 riders) are $175.00. The total ride takes 2.5 hours which includes a 20-minute break. So come experience the latest trend in Rail rides today. You can book your trip at the website above.

Fly Creek Cider Mill 288 Goose Street, Fly Creek

Fly Creek Cider Mill is near Coopertowns and should be added to your list of places to visit when in the area.

Mouthwatering donuts, fritters, scones, pies, and other pastries. All baked from scratch on location in an old-fashioned way. Deliciously different! Apple cider is fresh-pressed every day. Tasty ice cream treats made with local berries are served seasonally. Wood-fired pizza is available at our popular food stand open during seasons and holidays only.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is well worth visiting while you are enjoying all the activities that the area offers. Not only do they have delicious apple cider, but they also offer homemade ice cream and pies to sample.

Fly Creek will open in August 2021 after doing some renovations. Come enjoy the fall season as they celebrate their grand re-opening and the fall harvest.

Cooperstown Beverage Trail

The Cooperstown Beverage Trail is a diverse sampling of some of the best beverages in Otsego County including wine, beer, and ciders. It includes 8 locations where you can stop and take a tour, have some drinks and food, relax with friends, and collect stamps. When you collect a stamp from each location on the trail you can get a Cooperstown Trail Beverage souvenir glass.

Bus and limo tours are available for your convenience. You can book a ride here.

Cooperstown Beverage Trail Members

See a map of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail here.

Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Route 33, Cooperstown

One of the largest breweries in New York and is built on a 140-acre farm. Their beer has won numerous awards both in the United States and internationally. During the summer they offer many concerts and events which has made them one of the most popular breweries in upstate New York. For more information visit their webside link

Cooperstown Brewing Company 110 River Street, Milford

Specializing in English Ales, beer is no longer brewed at this location however you can come and enjoy a flight, play some games and relax for the afternoon. The beer is now brewed in Queensbury, NY at the Glen Falls Brewing Company.

Montezuma Winery 4841 State Route 28, Cooperstown

This Upstate winery is known for its Riesling, Cranberry Bog and Cabernet Franc. They also carry spirits from Hidden Marsh Distillery. Come for a visit and choose a sampling.

Pail Shop Vineyards 126 Goose Street, Fly Creek

Small winery making all their wines on-site from local ingredients. COme and enjoy and taste some wine in their tasting room overlooking the Fly Creek Valley. On Fridays, during the summer they have a bonfire and music.

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard 288 Goose Street, Fly Creek

If you are looking for some cider and family fun, Fly Creek is the place for you. In operation for over 150 years, all ciders are made at this location. See above for more details.

Rustic Ridge Winery 2805 State Route 80, Burlington Flats

Come taste a flight of some of the best New York State Finger Lakes Region wines. This family-run farm also has Amish cheeses and jams as well as local maple syrup. You are welcome to bring your own food, buy a bottle of wine and enjoy a relaxing time at the farm.

High Burl Brewery 2803 State Route 80, Burlington Flats

Located right next store to Rustic Ridge Winery on the farm this brewery makes all their traditional and seasonal beers in-house. They also have other regional New York State beers, wines, and spirits which they rotate so you can get a variety of local alcohol.

Bear Pond Winery 2515 State Route 28, Oneonta

Wine tasting for over 20 wines that they produce. They also carry other New York State wines, spirits, beers, and ciders. On a hot dau grab one of their famous wine slushy.

Cruise on Lake Otsego,

Another thing to do in Cooperstown is to take a cruise on the lake. This makes for a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of Otsego Lake. Take the Glimmerglass Queen Boar Tour located at 10 Fair Street, Cooperstown.

A one-hour boat ride on beautiful Otsego Lake. Tours run daily mid-June to Labor Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm) and Thursday to Sunday, Labor Day to Columbus Day (1, 3 and 5 pm Thursday and Friday with an additional tour at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday). Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. You don’t need a reservation, just arrive at the dock at least 15 minutes before and bring cash as they do not accept credit cards.

You can also rent boats at this location. Pontoon boat rentals vary depending on the number of passengers and hours of the rental but start at $200 for a 2-hour rental and go up to $800 for a day rental. Fishing boats (up to 8 people) cost the same.

You can also rent one and two-person kayaks starting at $20 for the first hour and an additional $10 for each hour after that. Paddle Boards are $20 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour. For more information call 607-547-9511 ext. 247.

Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown NY

If you’re looking for great summer events, check out the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY.

The Glimmerglass Festival is a world-class summer opera festival. The program includes operas from composers such as Mozart and Richard Strauss and many other outstanding artists from around the world.

The festival prides itself on creating a unique experience for every patron. For this reason, they provide many different price levels. The lowest of which is completely free to everyone, and the most expensive seats are about $800.

For a full schedule of performances and tickets, click here:

Shopping in Cooperstown

All along Main Street are some great shopping. As you can imagine there are many shops that have to do with Baseball. From great souvenirs, bats, gloves, and baseball cards they have the most related stores if you want to purchase a baseball-themed item.

There are also many other states with Art related gifts and items such as paintings, drawings, and jewelry.

Cooperstown Farmers Market 101 Main Street in Pioneer Alley, Cooperstown

Over 25 vendors from with a 50-mile radius come to the market with all their local products.

From fresh vegetables, meats, and eggs to homemade baked goods, crafts, and local products such as honey and maple syrup there is something for everyone here. There is also live music on Saturdays during the summer.

Opened all year on Saturdays and Tuesdays during the summer.

Hours are as follows:

Tuesdays: (July, August & September) 12 to 5 pm

Saturdays: January to April 10 am to 2 pm. May to December 9am to 2 pm.

Restaurants in the Cooperstown Area

Another fun thing to do while in Cooperstown when the weather is nice would be to stop by a local bar or restaurant and grab some food and drinks. There are many different places that you can choose from and it’s easy to find them since they’re located on almost every corner of this village. Some of these places include:

Mel’s at 22 22 Chestnut Street

Offers inside and outside dining, excellent food, and a great atmosphere. You can walk to it from the Baseball Hall of Fame but you can have a wait as this is a popular restaurant in the area.

Cooperstown Diner 136.5 Main Street

Simple old-fashioned diner serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. They are reasonably priced and serve breakfast all day.

Lake Front Restaurant 10 Fair Street

This place has a beautiful view of Otsego Lake. It offers inside and outside dining with good drinks and food. I personally ate here on my visit and I would recommend this place for a good meal.

Hawkeye Bar & Grill 60 Lake Street

Right on the lake with inside and outdoor seating with beautiful views. The restaurant gets good reviews for food and drinks. hey also have an outside fire going in the evening for drinks and a late-night snack.

The Pioneer Patio Restaurant 46 Pioneer Street

Inside dining or outside on the porch, this restaurant serves American bar food but also has gluten-free options.

Doubleday Cafe 93 Main Street

Serving American and bar food, this restaurant gets good reviews. They also have vegetarian choices and great margaritas.

Bocca Osteria 5438 State Highway 28

Servicing Italian food and wood-fired pizza, this restaurant is rated #1 in Cooperstown according to TripAdvisor.

Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens 558 Beaver Meadows Road

Looking for a unique dining experience this is your place to go. Its located inside a greenhouse with beautiful plants all around you. The food is also delicious and made with all fresh ingredients.

The Blue Mingo Grill 6098 State Highway 80

Servicing seafood right on the water is this casual atmosphere restaurant located at a marina. Local seafood as well as items such as crab cakes, lobster rolls, and shrimp and grit. It’s definitely worth a try when in the area.

Alex’s World Bistro 149 Main Street

A local favorite with a simple atmosphere but delicious food. This place also offers vegan and vegetarian options.

Cooley’s Stone House Tavern 49 Pioneer Street

A local favorite that serves Irish Pub fare.

Conclusion

Cooperstown NY is a small village with plenty of attractions for visitors, even if you are not a baseball fan. I hope this vacation guide gave you some ideas about what to see and do in the Village when you visit. If it did, consider adding Cooperstown as your next destination on your list! You’ll be glad that you did.

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