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.
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!
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!
Colonial Ridge Golf Course
Colonial Ridge Golf is located in the heart of beautiful central New York. It's a short picturesque ride from Cooperstown or Oneonta, and only two miles from Gilbert Lake State Park. So come enjoy one of the few 18-hole public golf courses in Otsego county and indulge in spectacular views as you make your way around this challenging course.
Clark Sports Center
The Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York provides the local community with health and fitness opportunities, rock climbing, team-building, rope courses and more.
Fan Favorites for Families: Places to Stay
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.
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.
Bayside Inn & Marina
Lounge at the Bayside Inn’s pleasant and tranquil setting among the wooded hillsides surrounding the shores of Otsego Lake, one of Cooperstown’s top family-friendly lodging options. Enjoy the ultimate Cooperstown lake vacation during a stay and take advantage of Bayside’s several BBQ areas with the family, an on-site game room where rivalries can be renewed, and an expansive beach for some fun in the sun. Bayside offers 30 rooms and 11 cottages to accommodate families of all sizes.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites
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.