Fan Favorites for Families: Things to Do
The Farmers' Museum
Step back in time – quite literally – at one of the nation’s top living history museums and a Cooperstown family favorite! The Farmers’ Museum offers activities and exhibitions for all ages that allow visitors to experience rural life and culture straight out of the 19th century. Swing by rotating exhibitions, take in a demonstration, and ride the Empire State Carousel. Kids will love the museum’s animal meet and greets with the local furry residents at the Lippitt Farmstead, and history buffs will appreciate the museum’s attention to detail, including the Historic Village, which features a variety of historic buildings gathered and relocated from other rural communities around New York State.
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
Fly Creek Cider Mill is located just a short three-mile drive from Cooperstown in nearby Fly Creek. Celebrating their 160th anniversary in 2016, the mill offers something for all members of the family, including a behind-the-scenes look into how apple cider is made. Enjoy the Mill Store Marketplace and its variety of products ranging from cheese and fudge, to sauces, dips and hard ciders, most of which you can sample while you shop. Afterward, enjoy lunch at the Snack Barn & Bakery on a warm summer day along the Millpond boardwalk, and let the kids play at Tractorland and feed the mill’s famous ducks and geese.
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
For many sports buffs, there’s no better way to bond with younger generations than by sharing a love and passion for a favorite sport – and when travelers take a family trip to Cooperstown, that sport is typically baseball. Share your passion for America’s favorite pastime with your children, or even grandchildren, during a trip to Cooperstown should really start at one little place we like to call the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum – need we say more?
The Glimmerglass Festival
The Glimmerglass Festival is an internationally acclaimed opera and musical theater experience offering an eclectic array of traditional and modern productions. Introduce younger generations to the wonderful world of opera at Glimmerglass’ unique and laid-back setting, where you can enjoy a picnic before the show starts, ongoing educational experiences, and behind-the-scenes special events. This season on the mainstage: La Bohéme, Sweeney Todd, The Thieving Magpie and The Crucible.
Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales
If getting on the water is a priority for you and your family during a visit to Cooperstown, be sure to contact the crew over at Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales. Launch from their dock and head out for a day trip on Goodyear Lake, or paddle over 15 miles of flat water on the Susquehanna River. Choose from canoes, kayaks or stand up paddle boards for your adventures on the water – all levels welcome!
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Built in 1869, the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad is still going strong nearly 150 years later! Throughout the year, this family-friendly attraction offers a regular train schedule in addition to special themed rides throughout the year, including the Easter Bunny Express, Blues Express, Train Robberies, Fall Foliage Express, Halloween Train, Christmas Light Train, and more. Guaranteed fun for all ages!
Fan Favorites for Families: Places to Stay
Traveling to Cooperstown with your family? Cooperstown Luxury has the perfect array of rental properties for you and all of your family members. No matter if it’s a family reunion or just a summer getaway, their properties span sizes from three to five bedrooms and offer amenity options ranging from a private chef to an in-house massage. Choose from locations directly on the shores of Otsego Lake or nestled amid the lake’s surrounding hillsides, and revel in the seclusion and uniqueness of staying in one of Cooperstown Luxury’s lush and stunning properties.
Lake 'N Pines Motel
Enjoy the simplicity of a lakeside stay at Lake ‘N Pines, where all of your worries will melt away on your next family vacation. Located just a short drive away from downtown Cooperstown, Lake ‘N Pines is situated directly on Otsego Lake and offers its guests beautiful lake views, as well as immediate access to boating and fun on the water. And with amenities like a family game room, complimentary breakfast, and indoor and outdoor heated pools, the motel makes for the perfect affordable family vacation spot.
Otesaga Resort Hotel
The Otesaga has a long history of welcoming traveling families to its beautiful 135-room property on the shores of Otsego Lake, and today, families can enjoy the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, hospitality, and special family deals and packages that have become synonymous with its world class reputation. With two on-site dining options, an array of sports and activities, special events ranging from live concerts to culinary experiences, an outdoor pool, and the Leatherstocking Golf Course, family members young and old will find something to enjoy during a stay at the resort.
Hickory Grove Motor Inn
Another great family motel located on the shores of Otsego Lake and just north of Cooperstown, Hickory Grove offers seclusion and escape with proximity to Cooperstown’s top attractions. A family-owned property, the Bartons will welcome you just as if you and yours were part of their family during your stay.
More than just a room, August Lodge Cooperstown's pristine mountain-top resort offers all the amenities a family could want with convenient in-room kitchenettes, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, massage spa, volleyball, tether-ball, outdoor grills, hiking trails, and so much more for the Cooperstown vacation of your dreams.
Sometimes there’s nothing like reconnecting with nature during a summer getaway – and in Cooperstown, Meadow Vale Campsites is the place to do just that. Home to over 110 campsites, Meadow-Vale provides rustic camping experiences with modern amenities like water and electric sites, as well as on-site recreation for all ages and levels with on-site playgrounds, nature trails, a disc golf course, and an arcade featuring video games, air hockey, and pool tables.