Top Ten Hidden Gems in Cooperstown & Otsego County


From art museums to music festivals, historic homes to scenic train tours, Cooperstown and Otsego County have so much to explore. Take a turn off the beaten path to experience some the best "glimmering" hidden gems of the area.

Fenimore Art Museum

This museum holds diverse collections, from modern dance photography to documents from Alexander Hamilton’s final years, and one of the nation’s premier collections of American Indian Art.

Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad

This railroad originated in the 1800s, but you can ride in the historic cars today for fun. They offer regularly scheduled excursions and specially themed rides, like the Blues Express and staged Train Robberies.

Glimmerglass Festival

A summer-long celebration of the arts, head to the Alice Busch Opera Theater to enjoy opera, live musicals, or other headliner performances. Insider’s tip- pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds before the performance.

Kingfisher Lavender

Visit a fragrant field of lavender (end of June through the end of August) at this all-natural, pesticide-free farm. You can take a part of this unique experience home with you with freshly cut or dried lavender.

Hyde Hall

A National Historic Landmark, Hyde Hall was built in the early 1800s. Take a self-guided tour of some of its 50 rooms, and explore the expansive landscaped grounds with one of the best viewpoints of Otsego Lake. Special guided tours offered throughout the year.

Cooperstown Cruise Company

Choose from a selection of scheduled and themed sunset cruises, and enjoy a locally sourced and catered dinner aboard a ten-passenger vessel on Otsego Lake. Sunset cruises sail daily from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day. Reservations required.

Downtown Cooperstown (Main Street)

Main Street features a unique variety of shops and attractions. In the downtown shopping district you’ll find independent shops and restaurants interspersed with Cooperstown’s biggest attractions, like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field.

Art Garage

The Art Garage is a pop-up gallery just outside of Cooperstown that features local artists in exhibits and trunk shows. Stop by to see the original pieces, and stay for an Artist Talk with the creator of a featured work.

GEM Sculpture Park and Gallery

Located on the 14-acre grounds of a former school, Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, Inc. operates an outdoor sculpture park open to the public boasting 14 unique sculptures. The Gallery exhibits local and national artistry and also hosts occasional workshops.

Glimmerglass State Park

Glimmerglass State Park is a fun outdoor destination year round. In the summer you can soak up the sun on the beach, have a cookout and camp overnight. The park is one of the few guarded public swimming areas on Otsego Lake. Winter brings tubing, cross-country skiing, ice skating (at your own risk), and ice fishing.

Suggested Accommodations:

Distinctive, upscale, short-term vacation rental homes for families and groups; from lakeside log cabins to country-quiet lodges. Choose from amenities like heated swimming pools, private chefs, in-house spa treatment and lakeside powerboats.


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