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Turn "are we there yet" into "do we have to go?" with a trip to Cooperstown and Otsego County.


With so many exciting activities for children and adults alike, your family will be begging for a longer stay.

As a parent, you want to create moments your children will remember for a lifetime. In Cooperstown and Otsego County, a wide variety of family-friendly activities means precious memories are just around the corner. Knowing that sometimes the smallest people are the biggest fans, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and museum offers a variety of kid-friendly activities and exhibits. Kids of all ages will be enthralled as they explore the history of their heroes, and The Sandlot Kids' Clubhouse features experiences designed for younger audiences.

The Farmers' Museum is the perfect combination of education and imagination. This living history museum and purposeful village, complete with a Blacksmith Shop, Pharmacy, Bump Tavern and working farm, will transport you to the mid-1800s. Perfect for families that want to get hands-on, children are encouraged to interact with the farm animals and can even milk a cow. Be sure to see the Country Fair and the Empire State Carousel before stopping in the Pharmacy for old-fashioned candy.

Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard is another fun family activity rooted in history. Built in 1856, the Mill still presses fresh apple cider the old-fashioned way, and you're welcome to taste it fresh from the press! You won't be able to resist the Mill Store Marketplace, which offers samples of savory and sweet treats ranging from cheeses and dips to fudge and freshly-picked apples. Take something home or grab a bite to eat at the Snack Barn & Bakery while the kids explore Tractor Land and feed the Mill Pond ducks. Tell Thomas the Tank Engine to step aside. The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will take you chugging through beautiful countryside as it transports you back in history. Built in 1869, this train offers an historic travel experience and even has specialty themed rides around the holidays.

For some active family fun, check out Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf and Family Fun Center where you can play 18 holes and challenge the kids to a game of laser tag. Or, head to the Clark Sports Center to really expend some energy. With 64,000 square feet of indoor track, courts, bowling, swimming and climbing, and 17 acres of playing fields outside, the whole family will find an activity to suit their speed.

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.

Location: Cooperstown

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

Located in Fly Creek just outside of Cooperstown, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is celebrating its 160th season in 2016 and offers visitors a chance to sample over 40 specialty foods and beverages at its Mill Store Marketplace. Fly Creek's beverage offerings span beyond their famous apple cider to hard ciders, a variety of apple wines made at the on-site Farm Winery, and their smooth 1856 Vodka. Pair your favorite beverage with the mill's delicious sharp cheddar cheese or other tasty treats to take home after a visit.

Location: Cooperstown
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!

Location: Portlandville
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!

Location: Milford
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.

Location: Laurens
Barnyard Swing Mini Golf & Family Fun Center

The Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf and Family Fun Center features a premier 18-hole mini-golf, wild-west pistol laser tag, spin art, candy counter, soft ice cream, game room and gift shop.

Location: Cooperstown
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.

Location: Cooperstown
Fan Favorites for Families: Places to Stay
Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites

Close to Cooperstown, this 276-acre campground offers tent sites; RV campsites with water, electric, and sewer services; one- and two-bedroom log cabin trailers; camping cabins; bunkrooms that can sleep up to 14; and several off-site house rentals with full use of the Beaver Valley Campground facilities. Other features of this campground include baseball fields, and pond for fishing, and even a fossil pit!

Location: Milford
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.

Location: Oneonta
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.

Location: Oneonta
Meadow-Vale 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.

Location: Mount Vision
Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Picturesque country views, elegance and sophistication are part of the package of Holiday Inn Express. Minutes south of Cooperstown, the hotel features an indoor pool and spa, junior suites with kitchenettes, free hi-speed internet, and scrumptious continental breakfasts.

Location: Cooperstown