Happy kids equals happy life. If the kids are having fun, you can relax and have fun too. In Cooperstown and Otsego County there's a wealth of attractions that explore the region's baseball, and arts and culture history, as well as educational experiences cleverly disguised as kid-friendly fun.
At Fenimore Art Museum, arts workshops and camps introduce kids to things like how cameras work, and include hands-on activities that allow kids to create their own camera obscura, providing practical application of knowledge while encouraging creativity.
Right across the street, The Farmers' Museum offers creative experiences designed to teach the importance of agriculture by providing opportunities for kids to collect eggs and take care of farm animals. If visiting during a summer weekend, you'll notice that the museum is filled with costumed actors presenting short plays and vignettes about historical events in Cooperstown. Vignette themes focus on abolition, women's rights, and the anti-rent war revolt. It makes history come alive for a new generation!
Nature continues to play an important role in childhood development, and Cooperstown and Otsego County's family-friendly activities help get little legs going, and big ideas growing. At the Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Conservatory, one of the most popular attractions for fans of extraordinary creatures, explore indoor tropical gardens spanning 3,000 square feet. Filled with tropical birds, a variety of butterfly species, reptiles, and fish, stroll the grounds, or visit during one of the conservatory's events for close encounters with birds of prey and more.
Continue to explore the region's wonderful family-friendly attractions and swing in to the Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, a historic water-powered cider mill that makes fresh cider and a whole host of specialty treats. Take a tour of the mill's gallery where the cider-making equipment offers insight into how the mill continues to make its signature apple cider, or simply enjoy all the delicious samples at the Mill Store Marketplace.
Exploring Cooperstown and Otsego County means family adventuring all summer long! Start planning your trip today.