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Top 4 Ways to See a Ghost in Cooperstown

Cooperstown goes from spectacular to spooktacular each fall. Find out how to get the fright of your life!

Seeking a fall fright? Head to Cooperstown/Otsego County for some serious ghost hunting, including a stop along the Haunted History Trail.

Ghost Tour

Take a spooky, lantern-lit walk through The Farmers' Museum grounds on a ghost tour, where you'll encounter things that go bump in the night. You'll learn about the ghosts that haunt the historic 19th century village, including one that mysteriously strikes the blacksmith's anvil at dawn. End your evening with an old-fashioned séance.

Baseball Spooks

Wander the Hall of Plaques at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where the restless spirits of baseball greats have almost certainly taken up residence. Visitors have heard voices coming from the walls, and in 2010, the reality show Ghost Hunters came to strike up a conversation with the ghost of renowned Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams. We can't guarantee you'll encounter any all-star specters, but if you go trick-or-treating through the Hall of Plaques on Halloween, we bet our bucket of candy you'll see pee-wee ghost or two.

Haunted Mansion

Light a candle and tiptoe through haunted Hyde Hall, a neoclassical mansion and the site of many a paranormal encounter: the mansion boasts secret tunnels, the piano in the drawing room plays endlessly, and a woman in white has been seen haunting the nursery. You'll learn about the widow's curse and an otherworldly mayday message delivered over the radio.

Candlelight Tour

Take a candlelit ghost tour through the haunted village of Cooperstown. You'll visit Greencrest, the village's haunted house and home to an angry Native American ghost. You'll also stop by Christ Church graveyard, where a ghost toppled a gravestone onto a young girl's legs, and Lake Otsego, also known as the Haunted Lake.

 

Things to See & Do

The Farmers' Museum
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.
Location: Cooperstown
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
Fly Creek Cider Mill is worth the 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, hit up the Snack Barn & Bakery and feed the mill’s famous ducks and geese.
Location: Fly Creek
Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang
One of the nation’s top breweries, Ommegang has a proud tradition of producing Belgian-style beers. Offering an excellent, educational brewery tour, on-site dining at Café Ommegang with a menu that serves up Belgian fare like frites and aioli, Belgian waffles, and crêpes, and a variety of wares and beer at the Ommegang Store, Ommegang is pretty much a beer lovers’ paradise in the heart of Central New York, and a must-visit during a trip to Cooperstown.
Location: Cooperstown
The Glimmerglass Festival
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.
Location: Cooperstown
Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum
From its incredible collection of American Indian art to unique curations of American folk art, the Fenimore is a hidden gem amid the rolling hillsides of Cooperstown’s Central New York location.
Location: Cooperstown
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Cooperstown is synonymous with baseball, and what baseball fan's life is complete without a visit to the epicenter of the sport's history? Walk among the shadows of the greats, re-live the memories of childhood and re-watch those huge moments that not only define the game, but have become a part of national history. The Hall of Fame has had the distinct privilege of welcoming over 16 million visitors since it was founded in 1936 – help the hall continue its longstanding legacy and don’t miss special events like the Hall of Fame Classic and Induction Weekend annually.
Location: Cooperstown

Places to Stay

Cooper Inn
Cooper Inn
Just a short walk from downtown Cooperstown attractions like the Baseball Hall of Fame and Main Street stores, the Cooper Inn provides is guests with an elegant experience in a Federal-style manor decorated with 19th century décor alongside modern amenities.
Location: Cooperstown
Lake 'N Pines Motel
Lake 'N Pines Motel
Located just seven miles north of Cooperstown off Rte 80 on beautiful Otsego Lake, Lake 'N Pines offers a rustic, lakeside experience. Guests enjoy both indoor/outdoor heated pools, whirlpool and sauna, family game room & other great amenities, including a complimentary continental breakfast overlooking the lake.
Location: Cooperstown
Otesaga Resort Hotel
Otesaga Resort Hotel
One of Cooperstown’s most iconic hotels, the Otesaga is situated directly on the shores of Otsego Lake. Built in 1909, The Otesaga Resort Hotel exudes the charm and gracious hospitality of a bygone era. A magnificent Federal-style edifice with an imposing front portico supported by massive 30-foot columns, The Otesaga occupies 700 feet of lakefront on the southern shore of pastoral Otsego Lake, the famed "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's novels.
Location: Cooperstown