While the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gives Cooperstown a sporty reputation, it has much more to offer - even in the winter months. From breweries and top-rated restaurants to outdoor adventures and picturesque scenery, Cooperstown has something for every kind of traveler to fill a winter weekend trip—and then some!
Dive into your weekend at Brooks’ House of BBQ Restaurant, home of the largest indoor charcoal barbeque pit in the east and a family-run restaurant since 1961, located in nearby Oneonta. On her Food Network television show, Rachael Ray raved that it has “the world’s best barbeque chicken.”
Head to the Doubleday Cafe located just down the street from its namesake, Doubleday Field. Noted in the Boston Globe as a must-visit in Cooperstown, this spot is known for their bottomless coffee and delicious breakfast. It’s a perfect way to start the day!
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will thrill diehard fans, but nonfans and casual fans will still find plenty of fun here. From Derek Jeter’s cleats to a brick from the tavern owned by Babe Ruth, this three-story brick building on Main Street, open since 1939, has everything related to America’s pastime. Its crowning jewel is the Plaque Gallery, where you can browse the more than 300 Hall of Fame members' bronze visages honoring their achievements. Allow two to four hours for your visit, depending on how much of a baseball fan you and your team are.
Stroll through the quaint village and find a cozy local spot for lunch—ballpark-friendly fare like pizza, burgers and sandwiches are all good bets. Once you’ve had your fill, pop into a number of baseball memorabilia stores to pick up souvenirs—you can even get a custom engraved bat!—as well as other non-sports-related boutiques and shops located in the village and surrounding side streets.
Cooperstown has a centuries-old history of drink - going back before baseball even became America’s pastime! Once the nation’s biggest hop-producer, Cooperstown is now a national hotspot for tasting brews. Take a tour of the award-winning Brewery Ommegang, sample their year-round Belgian-style ales and seasonal and specialty brews, then pop into the retail store to pick up some fine cheeses, Belgian chocolates and (of course) beer.
Check into the historic American Hotel, 2015 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, in Sharon Springs for a leisurely dinner. According to Rachael Ray, who is friends with the owners and featured the establishment in one her television specials, the American Hotel focuses on two things—hospitality and being a fabulous place to enjoy a locally grown meal—the perfect combination after a long, fun day of visiting Cooperstown.
Time for winter fun outside! Go snow tubing (weekends in January and February, weather permitting), snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating and more in Glimmerglass State Park, located on Otsego Lake.
How to Get There:
Major Area Airport:
- Albany International Airport, Albany Shaker Rd, New York—52 miles from Cooperstown, an easy Trailways bus ride
The closest stations are:
- Albany-Rensselaer: 1.5 hour bus ride to Cooperstown via Trailways
- Utica: 1 hour bus ride to Cooperstown via Trailways
- From NYC: 3 hours 45 min
- From Albany: 1.5 hours
- From Boston: 4 hours
- From Philadelphia: 4 hours
- From Toronto: 5 hours
- From Montreal: 4.5 hours
Experience the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum other historical and influential cultural attractions in New York State at a discount this winter with the I Love NY Museum Coupon! Beginning January 11, 2016 - March 31, 2016, download the coupon here, bring it to a participating institution and receive 15% off admission. Some restrictions apply. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. For specific offers, please view our list of participating institutions.