For many baseball fans, a trip to Cooperstown is more than just a vacation getaway, it's a pilgrimage. Hit a home run with this three-day tour of baseball-focused fun.
We recommend consulting these business' websites before visiting, as many of them operate seasonally and have varying hours of operation.
Day One (Thursday)
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (3 hours)
Start out swinging with a visit to the shrine of the sport, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Paying tribute to the history of baseball, the museum also explores legends of the field, diversity in the game, and highlights the game's top records and record holders, with a gallery also dedicated to baseball art and photography. Special tours for die-hard baseball buffs are available, and no visit is complete without passing through the Plaque Gallery, the sacred ground where Hall of Famers are revered for their contributions to the sport.
Barnyard Swing (1-3 hours)
Enjoy an evening double-header at Barnyard Swing every Thursday evening in the summer. For every round of 18-hole miniature golf, players enjoy a free ice cream from the Sassy Cow soft-serve Ice Cream Parlor. With open views of the skies over Cooperstown Dreams Park, Barnyard Swing is a great spot to take in the spectacular Thursday evening fireworks celebrating the youth baseball tournaments and players competing throughout the summer. These displays are free and open to the public.
Evening: Cooperstown Dreams Park (3 hours)
Capture the youthful spirit of the game at Cooperstown Dreams Park. This baseball tournament facility is dedicated to players 12 and under, with weekly tournaments bringing in more than 100 teams from around the country each week in the summer season. While players spend the week learning, practicing, and playing baseball, fans are welcome to check out the tournament play as a spectator, with Thursday evening's final game celebrated with a post-game fireworks display.
Day Two (Friday)
Cooperstown Bat Company (30-60 minutes)
Whether a baseball player, baseball fan, or collector, Cooperstown Bat Company is a must for custom-made game bats for youth league up to the major league. Get a bat custom engraved with your name to commemorate your trip to Cooperstown. A wide selection of autographed and collector bats are available for sale. Crafted from the highest quality Maple, Ash and Birch wood found in New York State, Cooperstown Bats are processed from 'forest to field' to ensure quality. For free bat turning demonstrations, visit the Cooperstown Bat factory in nearby Hartwick.
Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales
Spend a few hours on the Susquehanna River with Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent by the hour, half-day, and full-day, perfect for out and back paddling on the river or for exploring the calm waters of Goodyear Lake from the Portlandville launch. Free instruction and certified instructors make it a fun-filled adventure for all skill levels, with additional locations at Brookwood Point and Glimmerglass State Park.
Evening: Oneonta Outlaws Game (7 p.m.; 3 hours)
Grab some peanuts and Crack Jack and enjoy some baseball fun with the Oneonta Outlaws, a summer collegiate baseball team with some of the best college-level players in the country. For added nostalgia, games are held at the landmark Damaschke Field, the one of the oldest, most historic ballparks still in use today. Special events and theme nights take place at the park throughout and off-season.
Day Three (Saturday)
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
Step back in time and watch the workings of the 160-year old Fly Creek Cider Mill press fresh, sweet cider during the autumn peak harvest season. Learn about the Mill's production and history that includes Johnny Appleseed on a self-guided tour available year-round (with videos when the press isn't running). The Mill Store Marketplace offers generous tastings of local products, and the Snack Barn is famous for its pulled pork and pot roast sandwiches, baked goods, and other treats.
Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum (1 hour)
Step into the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum and stand alongside baseball's favorite greats! From figures of Babe Ruth, Catfish Hunter and Roberto Clemente to the game's shortest and tallest players, there are more than 30 wax displays on view. While there, take a few swings at the virtual reality batting cage, and enjoy the popular 'baseball bloopers' film shown in the museum theater.
Downtown & Doubleday Field (1 to 3 hours)
Head downtown to Main Street Cooperstown and experience the small-town charm noted by the likes of Architectural Digest and MSN.com. There's lots to discover in this one-stoplight town, from museums to shopping, dining, and more. Make sure to visit Doubleday Field, widely recognized as the birthplace of America's pastime. During summer months, baseball enthusiasts can catch one of the nearly daily held games on the field, or just soak in the field's history dating back to 1920.
Evening: Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad (Blues Express, 7-10 p.m.)
Every Saturday night from mid-May to early October, the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad cruises the tracks dating back to 1868 to the sounds of rhythm and blues. Board the Cooperstown Blues Express for a three-hour tour on a historic train with some of the best bands in Upstate New York and enjoy a selection of food for purchase and a cash bar featuring local beer and wines. A seasonal schedule of other train experiences is also available.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Situated in a picturesque lakeside setting, The Otesaga Resort Hotel provides elegant, luxury accommodations amid the best of Cooperstown. This AAA Four Diamond Award property exudes charm and gracious hospitality with modern amenities and contemporary conveniences. The Otesaga features several exclusive baseball packages, including the 'Double Play' and 'Baseball VIP Experience' centered around the Baseball Hall of Fame, a perfect way to make lifetime Cooperstown memories for baseball fans.
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