Summer in Cooperstown can be described in one word: awesome. We know that might oversimplify the Cooperstown experience, but seriously... that's the best way to put it, and anyone who's visited in the summertime will agree. That's largely because of the variety of visitors you'll find in our quaint little town come summer – enthusiasts of one kind or another exploring what they love in Cooperstown.
These are the five types of people you're likely to run into during a visit.
Crowds of baseball fans line the streets in Cooperstown
This weekend marks the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's annual Induction Weekend, but throughout the summer season (and any other time of year, really) you'll encounter baseball fanatics who've made the trek to Cooperstown and the hallowed Hall of Fame simply to honor their love of the game and favorite players.
Through live experiences and story-telling, history passes to younger generations
Cooperstown has a rich place in American history not only as the home of America's pastime, but the authentic Farmers' Museum, Hyde Hall, and James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Glimmerglass or Otsego Lake, author of The Glimmerglass Tales and Last of the Mohicans, and Cooperstown's native son. Throughout the year you'll find lovers of history exploring Cooperstown's vast legacies.
History Fan Favorite: A visit to Cooperstown wouldn't be complete without a visit to The Farmers' Museum, offering hands-on experiences that transport you back in time to life in Central New York circa the 1840s. See the historic village, take a spin on the Empire State Carousel and more!
A beer aficionado pours an ice-cold Belgian-style ale at the Brewery Ommegang
Did you know? Cooperstown was once the hops production capital of the United States. Today, the local beverage making movement has seen a serious resurgence thanks to Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Distillery, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Pail Shop Vineyards, and other breweries and wineries, as well as an influx of beer and beverage buffs traveling to sample all that Cooperstown has to offer.
Visitors explore an art exhibit in Cooperstown
From art and opera, to live music of a variety of genres, Cooperstown has it all for art and music lovers. That's why you'll find a variety of enthusiasts enjoying an opera production at The Glimmerglass Festival, jamming out at a live concert from a big-name act at Ommegang's Summer Concert Series, and exploring the Fenimore Art Museum's varied collections and rotating exhibitions.
Throughout the summer season, you'll find countless families visiting Cooperstown and for good reason – there's always something to satisfy every family member here, young and old. Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike up popular Sleeping Lion or rent a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard from a local boat rental, and enjoy one of the area's many events.