Cooperstown has a reputation for being all about baseball - and while it is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (which you most definitely need to add to your bucket list) - it has much more than sports to offer. With its beautiful foliage, the Cooperstown landscape is reminiscent of a watercolor from the 1800s. Gorgeous scenery aside, there is something for every kind of traveler in Cooperstown...so here’s the perfect itinerary for your next weekend trip.
Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Otsego while you wine and dine on seafood and burgers at Lake Front Restaurant. Recommended on This Is Cooperstown as of the best lakeside dining around, you’re sure to leave full and happy.
Catch a show at the Glimmerglass Opera, an internationally renowned summer opera festival. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the best opera and musical theater in the state!
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. Best way to start the day!
Head over to Otsego Lake for a day of fun in the sun! Captain your own pontoon boat with the help of Time Out Boat Rentals or spend the day fishing or swimming! Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to layer on the sunscreen!
Cooperstown has a centuries-old history of drink - going back before baseball even became America’s passtime! Once the nation’s biggest hop-producer, Cooperstown is now a national hotspot for tasting brews. Spend your afternoon snacking on small bites and sipping on various craft brews and locally-made wines on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, which includes the award-winning Brewery Ommegang.
Grab dinner at the Red Caboose Restaurant and Bar (This Is Cooperstown says it’s one of the best restaurants in town!) for an organic, locally-sourced menu, beautiful outdoor dining and some of Central New York’s best wines and brews.
Spend the rest of your evening sharing locally-made brews with locals at Cooperstown Brewing Company, a TasteNY attraction, and Brewery Ommegang. Make sure to go to bed (relatively) early - you have a big, culturally enriching day tomorrow!
Check out Danny’s Market -- not your average deli, according to This Is Cooperstown -- for an egg and cheese or fresh baked croissant! Make sure to grab a sandwich to-go for later so you can spend the day concentrating on museum hopping and nothing else!
Baseball fan or not, if you’re in Cooperstown you have to go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum - there’s no question about it. From Derek Jeter’s cleats to a brick from the tavern owned by Babe Ruth, this place has everything. It’s the mecca for all things baseball, and a wonderfully interesting trip into American culture and history.
Next up! Head on over to the Farmer’s Museum, where America’s farming history comes alive before your eyes. Visitors experience the interplay among trades, village life and agriculture in New York State circa 1845. The museum, one of the oldest living history museums, features exhibits, craft demonstrations and hand-on activities that bring history to life.
Looking for a more conventional museum experience? Wander over to the Fenimore Art Museum, a neo-Georgian mansion overlooking Otsego Lake with works by art legends like Grandma Moses and Thomas Cole.
Where to stay?
Try the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Over a century old, this resort is chock full of history and breathtaking views of Otesaga Lake. Oh - and it has a full 18-hole championship golf course to boot!
Major Area Airport: Albany International Airport, Albany Shaker Rd, New York. 52 miles from Cooperstown - an easy Trailways bus ride.
Train: 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 Boston: 4 hours
- From Philadelphia: 4 hours