Summer in Cooperstown can be described in one word: awesome. We know that might oversimplify the Cooperstown experience, but seriously... that's the best way to put it, and anyone who's visited in the summertime will agree. That's largely because of the variety of visitors you'll find in our quaint little town come summer – enthusiasts of one kind or another exploring what they love in Cooperstown.
These are the five types of people you're likely to run into during a visit.
1. The Baseball Lover
This weekend marks the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's annual Induction Weekend, but throughout the summer season (and any other time of year, really) you'll encounter baseball fanatics who've made the trek to Cooperstown and the hallowed Hall of Fame simply to honor their love of the game and favorite players.
- Baseball Fan Favorite: Next to the Hall of Fame, Cooperstown's slew of baseball-themed shops and a visit to Doubleday Field, check out unique baseball attractions like the Cooperstown Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. Don't forget to take advantage of special baseball lodging deals, too!
2. The History Maven
Cooperstown has a rich place in American history not only as the home of America's pastime, but the authentic Farmers' Museum, Hyde Hall, and James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Glimmerglass or Otsego Lake, author of The Glimmerglass Tales and Last of the Mohicans, and Cooperstown's native son. Throughout the year you'll find lovers of history exploring Cooperstown's vast legacies.
- History Fan Favorite: A visit to Cooperstown wouldn't be complete without a visit to The Farmers' Museum, offering hands-on experiences that transport you back in time to life in Central New York circa the 1840s. See the historic village, take a spin on the Empire State Carousel and more!
3. The Beer Buff
Did you know? Cooperstown was once the hops production capital of the United States. Today, the local beverage making movement has seen a serious resurgence thanks to Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Distillery, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Pail Shop Vineyards, and other breweries and wineries, as well as an influx of beer and beverage buffs traveling to sample all that Cooperstown has to offer.
- Beer Fan Favorite: Tour all of the area's breweries, wineries and distilleries on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, New York State's first official cuisine trail traveling 37 miles through Cooperstown and Otsego County.
4. The Art + Music Aficionado
From art and opera, to live music of a variety of genres, Cooperstown has it all for art and music lovers. That's why you'll find a variety of enthusiasts enjoying an opera production at The Glimmerglass Festival, jamming out at a live concert from a big-name act at Ommegang's Summer Concert Series, and exploring the Fenimore Art Museum's varied collections and rotating exhibitions.
- Art + Music Fan Favorite: A widely renowned music festival in Cooperstown, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival brings in a variety of performers across genres including jazz, contemporary, classical, bluegrass, cabaret and kids' concerts.
5. The Family Member
Throughout the summer season, you'll find countless families visiting Cooperstown and for good reason – there's always something to satisfy every family member here, young and old. Visit Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, enjoy the great outdoors with a hike up popular Sleeping Lion or rent a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard from a local boat rental, and enjoy one of the area's many events.
- Family Fan Favorite: Families love to stay at family-friendly properties like the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Bayside Inn & Marina, or Meadow-Vale Campsites during a visit to Cooperstown – we think you and yours will, too!