When most people think about Cooperstown, NY they think of baseball. And while, yes, it’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum–it’s so much more than that! (Especially for those of us who are kinda ‘meh’ on sports.) Just about four hours from NYC, this little town offers everything from from goat yoga, to a plant-centric cafe, to a world famous brewery. Read on for our list of things to do in Cooperstown that have absolutely nothing to do with baseball.
Craft beer lovers will love Brewery Ommegang, who offer $5 tours through the historic brewery. Learn how beer is made, what makes this beer special, then visit its fascinating packaging hall. Follow the 30-minute tour tour with a guided tasting and sample up to six different Ommegang beers for $10 per person. Top it off with a bite to eat in the café, bar, or on the patio.
Tours and tastings happen daily. Check the Brewery Ommegang website for schedule of tours and tastings, plus special events, including outdoor concerts.
Glimmerglass Festival is a non-profit opera company producing new and entertaining productions, special performances, cabarets, concerts, lectures and and symposiums. Open for summer, the one-of-a-kind destinations grounds provide an ideal setting in which to enjoy a picnic–bring your own, or purchase one of their gourmet picnics on site! A must for opera lovers.
See the Glimmerglass Festival website for more information.
This place is a plant lovers dream. At Origins Cafe, colorful tables are tucked into lush foliage of flowers, fruit trees, and succulents. Not only is the setting beautiful, but the food is incredible too—super healthy, organic and lots of gluten free options. Fill up and zen out, then hit the greenhouses where plants are for sale.
Hours vary by season. Check the Origins Cafe website for more information.
Feel like you’re on the set of American Pickers at this beautiful roadside antique barn. The gigantic four story barn has a collection that’s been in the making for 40+ years by artists Kip and Judith Coburn. Browse 62 room settings with 28 farm tables, 38 cupboards, and vintage chair sets of all sizes and styles… that expands outside over four acres of garden furniture, statuary, pools, sculpture, ponds, and paths. The unique and unusual are found here.
Wood Bull Antiques is located at 3920 County Highway 28, Milford NY 13807. Open 10-5, most days; in winter, call ahead. Check the Wood Bull Antiques website for more information.
Located inside a neo-Georgian mansion with terraced gardens overlooking Otsego Lake, this museum features fine collections of American art, James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia and historic photographs–but it’s highlight is its impressive collection of Native American Art. After you tour the museum, don’t skip the garden!
Admission for adults is $12. Check the Fenimore Art Museum website for special exhibits, hours, and events.
What is Goat Yoga? Well, it’s just like a regular yoga, with stretching, postures and breathing… except with adorable and friendly goats wandering around. Just try to keep it cool when, in downward dog, a baby goat hops onto your back! Goat Yoga is held at the Gilbersville Farmhouse just outside of Cooperstown, on a farm with 125 acres of field and forest and dramatic views of the Catskill Mountains. Make a weekend of it and stay at their one-of-a-kind glamping village!
Check NY Goat Yoga’s website for schedule, rates, and availability.
Step back in time at the Farmers’ Museum, a living history museum that depicts rural life circa 1845. Visitors experience the interplay between trades, village life and agriculture while chores and jobs are carried out. The 19th-century Historic Village is comprised of buildings gathered from rural communities around New York state and painstakingly relocated and restored, piece by piece. The apothecary and blacksmith shops are particularly amazing! New for 2019 is a Brew Exhibit, which highlights the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day.
Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 7-12, and free under 6. Open April through November, hours and day vary; visit the Farmers’ Museum website for more information.
This post was created in collaboration with This is Cooperstown; all recommendations are our own.
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