There is truly something for everyone to enjoy in and around the Cooperstown region.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum have welcomed visitors to this quaint lakeside village for decades, giving Cooperstown its nickname, the Village of Museums.
The Hall of Fame is a must see as you relive the glorious history of our national pastime and celebrate baseball today through compelling artifacts, captivating photographs, videos, statistics, interesting stories and hands-on experiences. A visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame provides a truly special and memorable experience for you and your entire family.
The Fenimore Art Museum is nationally recognized for its exhibitions, this year featuring Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life, from the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie (June 6 – August 24) with 23 rarely seen works from one of America’s most celebrated artists. The museum possesses one of the country’s top folk art collections and the world-renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Native American interpretive area, Otsego: A Meeting Place, overlooks Otsego Lake.
The Farmers’ Museum is one of the country’s oldest living history museums and offers an authentic view of village and farm life in mid-19th century New York State. Demonstrations and interpretive exhibits showcase traditional 19th century trades, farm chores, and much more. The Museum is “alive” with costumed interpreters, farm animals and seasonal crops. Special events are held throughout the season and 2014 will mark the launch of an exciting dramatic interpretation program.
Cooperstown is a unique stage for the visual and performing arts.
The area plays host to visual artists and performers throughout the year. The Glimmerglass Festival, renowned for its innovative productions of opera and musical theater, is located lakeside just north of the village. Smithy Center for the Arts, an arts organization, is tucked away in Cooperstown’s oldest building. Smithy Center for the Arts operates a hands on pottery studio and art galleries.
Family entertainment is presented every Tuesday evening in July and August with the Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series in Lakefront Park. Enjoy top notch musical acts and spectacular views of Otsego Lake. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival features internationally acclaimed artists in a variety of Cooperstown area venues throughout the summer months. The Cooperstown Concert Series, now in its 44th season, highlights stellar performers throughout the fall and winter months.
The great outdoors beckons… Spectacular scenery and recreational activities abound in Cooperstown. Nationally acclaimed golf courses, guided lake tours, paddling sports, sailing and boating, baseball tournaments, hiking, cycling, fishing and so much more await you. Be sure to set time aside or stay an extra day to take it all in!