Stops you won’t want to miss!
For many baseball fans, a trip to Cooperstown is more than just a vacation getaway, it's a pilgrimage. Hit a home run with three-days worth of suggestions for your next getaway of baseball-focused fun.
We recommend consulting these business' websites before visiting, as many of them operate seasonally and have varying hours of operation.
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (3 hours) Year-round, seasonal hours
Start out swinging with a visit to the shrine of the sport, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Paying tribute to the history of baseball, the museum also explores legends of the field, diversity in the game, and highlights the game's top records and record holders, with a gallery also dedicated to baseball art and photography. Special tours for die-hard baseball buffs are available, and no visit is complete without passing through the Plaque Gallery, the sacred ground where Hall of Famers are revered for their contributions to the sport.
Cooperstown Escape Rooms (1-2 hours) Year-round, seasonal hours
Cooperstown Escape Rooms are mind bending and the perfect way to bond with your team...be it your family or friends. One of the three escape rooms, the Curse of the Bambino is a totally different way to experience baseball in Cooperstown. If you need a break from baseball, try one of the other two exciting escape rooms.
Doubleday Batting Range: (1 - 2 hours) Seasonal
Get your swinging-swagger on with TRU-PITCH batting machines like some of the Major League Teams use. While you’re on deck, check out one of the video games and grab a snack. And, don’t forget to find a souvenir to commemorate fun had in Cooperstown in the shop.
Cooperstown Bat Company (30-60 minutes) Year-round
Whether a baseball player, baseball fan, or collector, Cooperstown Bat Company is a must for custom-made game bats for youth leagues up to the major league. Get a bat custom engraved with your name to commemorate your trip to Cooperstown. A wide selection of autographed and collector bats are available for sale. Crafted from the highest quality Maple, Ash and Birch wood found in New York State, Cooperstown Bats are processed from 'forest to field' to ensure quality. *For a FREE, bat-turning demonstrations, visit the Cooperstown Bat Factory in nearby Hartwick.
Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales (2+ hours) Seasonal
Spend a few hours on the Susquehanna River with Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent by the hour, half-day, and full-day, perfect for out and back paddling on the river or for exploring the calm waters of Goodyear Lake from the Portlandville launch. Free instruction and certified instructors make it a fun-filled adventure for all skill levels, with additional locations at Brookwood Point and Glimmerglass State Park.
Oneonta Outlaws Game (7pm; 3 hours) Late May - July
Grab some peanuts and popcorn and enjoy some baseball fun with the Oneonta Outlaws, a summer collegiate baseball team with some of the best college-level players in the country. For added nostalgia, Home games are held at the landmark Damaschke Field in Oneonta, one of the oldest, most historic ballparks still in use today. Special events and theme nights take place at the park throughout the summer and off-season.
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard (1 - 2 hours) Year-round, seasonal hours
Step back in time and watch the workings of the 160-year old Fly Creek Cider Mill press fresh, sweet cider during the autumn peak harvest season. Learn about the Mill's production and history that includes Johnny Appleseed on a self-guided tour available year-round (with videos when the press isn't running). The Mill Store Marketplace offers generous tastings of local products, and the Snack Barn is famous for its pulled pork and pot roast sandwiches, baked goods, and other treats during the summer season.
Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum (1 hour) Seasonal
Step into the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum and stand alongside baseball's favorite greats! From figures of Babe Ruth, Catfish Hunter and Roberto Clemente to the game's shortest and tallest players, there are more than 30 wax displays on view. While there, enjoy the popular 'baseball bloopers' film shown in the museum theater.
Head downtown to Main Street Cooperstown and experience the small-town charm noted by the likes of Architectural Digest and MSN.com. There's lots to discover in this one-stoplight town, from museums to musical performances, shopping, dining, and more. Make sure to visit Doubleday Field, widely recognized as the birthplace of America's pastime. During summer months, baseball enthusiasts can catch one of the nearly daily held games on the field, or soak in the field's history dating back to 1920 on a tour by calling the Friends of Doubleday Field for your reservations.
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad is a relaxing step back from the excitement of the baseball world and a closer look back in time and history. While waiting for your train, have a look at the exhibits and displays passing on some of the history of railroads. Take in the scenery as you ride through part of the upper Susquehanna River Valley. Try and catch a glance of the Cooperstown Dreams Park while on the Thursday, Regularly Scheduled Train ride. There are also several Special Event Train rides offered throughout the season, so be sure to catch at least one of them for a different view of local history.
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