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CooperstownUnited States of America

Immerse yourself in the history and present of America’s favorite pastime in the museums and outdoor spaces of Cooperstown, New York.

According to local legend, baseball was invented in a Cooperstown, New York, cow pasture by Abner Doubleday in 1839. Cooperstown is certainly the spiritual homeland of baseball, especially since it is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bring baseball fans young and old to see this testament to the Great American Pastime. For more baseball, visit the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. Pose for pictures with contemporary and historic legends of the sport. In the summer, Doubleday Field, named for the game’s inventor, hosts baseball tournaments as well as concerts and performances.

Lovers of culture will find much to appreciate, too. Attend the Glimmerglass Festival during the summer. The festival’s world-renowned opera company performs in the stunning April Busch Opera Theater, a beautiful modern American opera house. Enjoy the pastoral setting, especially pretty surrounded by fall foliage.

Explore the Fenimore Art Museum, whose American and Native American art collections will broaden and contextualize your knowledge of the great artists that have shaped the country’s history. Walk on the grounds alongside the glittering Otsego Lake. The Farmers’ Museum, a living museum recreating the life of a 19th-century farming village, was opened in 1944 on farmland formerly owned by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. Workshops, lectures, films and interactive exhibits provide fun and educational activities for young and old.

Walk or drive around the village to view the beautiful and varied architecture, largely constructed by the Clark family, which invested in the village and still lives here today. Their many family homes, as well as those of other prominent families, span diverse architectural ages.

Cooperstown is a 90-minute drive from Albany, which has an international airport as well as rail service. Though you’ll need a car to get here, park it and pay a day use fee to ride the local trolley.

Whether baseball is your passion or not, find many things to do in the idyllic Catskills destination of Cooperstown.

Top Hotels in Cooperstown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Cooperstown Inn & Suites
Best Western Cooperstown Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
50 Commons Drive, Cooperstown, NY
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night

Situated in Cooperstown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooperstown Fun Park and Cooperstown Dreams Park. Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"It’s a nice place. They were doing some construction at the time though."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Best Western Cooperstown Inn & Suites
The Railroad Inn
The Railroad Inn
3 out of 5
28 Railroad Ave, Cooperstown, NY
The price is $159 per night

Situated in Cooperstown, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum and National Baseball Hall of Fame. Doubleday Field and Leatherstocking ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (303 reviews)

"The room was cozy and clean. The staff was very helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

The Railroad Inn
Holiday Express Hotel & Suites Cooperstown
Holiday Express Hotel & Suites Cooperstown
2.5 out of 5
4758 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY
The price is $99 per night

Situated in Cooperstown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooperstown Fun Park and Cooperstown Dreams Park. Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (886 reviews)

"Good basic property. Easy access. Nice lobby sitting area."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Holiday Express Hotel & Suites Cooperstown

Popular places to visit in Cooperstown

National Baseball Hall of Fame
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National Baseball Hall of Fame

5/5(251 reviews)

National Baseball Hall of Fame is a top museum in Cooperstown with a rich history. Amble around this quaint area's lakeside or attend a baseball game.

Farmers' Museum
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Farmers' Museum

4.5/5(48 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Farmers' Museum, a museum with a story of its own, during your trip to Cooperstown. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a baseball game in this quaint area.

Hyde Hall
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Hyde Hall

4/5(8 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Cooperstown when you stop by Hyde Hall. Amble around this family-friendly area's lakeside or attend a baseball game.

Otsego Lake
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Otsego Lake

4.5/5(161 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Otsego Lake during your travels in Cooperstown - Otsego Lake. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a baseball game in this family-friendly area.

Howe Caverns
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Howe Caverns

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Howe Caverns, a lovely green space in Howes Cave. You can seek out the bowling alleys while in the area.

Secret Caverns
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Secret Caverns

4/5(4 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Secret Caverns during your travels in Howes Cave. You can seek out the bowling alleys while in the area.

Reviews of Cooperstown

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Jan 18, 2020

Like the peace and tranquillity of Cooperstown

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 30, 2019

We lived in Cooperstown for 37 years, still have family there, visit a couple times a year. It is a special place.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 1, 2019

Super adorable town, great for baseball lovers but also enjoyable for all.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 13, 2019

We fell in love with the town and all the people we met. We even had to go to hospital ER for my wife to get treated for a fall. Hospital staff, police and EMT and ambulance workers were wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 30, 2019

Baseball Hall of Fame and Upstate bar and Grill was a great place to eat as well as for lunch dinner Alex’s World Bistro was outstanding it’s a hidden Gem off Main Street in Cooperstown!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

The area surrounding Main Street is beautiful! Older houses but all in excellent condition , and beautifully landscaped. The ride around the lake offers breathtaking views of mountains, valleys, and farms big enough to have their own zip code.

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