Last month, The Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown posted a Facebook update asking followers what their favorite memories from the area were. Inspired by all the fabulous replies, we chose a few that best represent the charm, culture, and and character of the area. Whether you are 5 or 85, these experiences are bound to create lasting memories that encourage smiles now and decades later. Plan your trip around creating one or many of these unique Cooperstown memories.
10 Can’t-Miss Memories Unique to Cooperstown
- Try a treat from the past. Head to Todd’s General Store and try a favorite pastime - sweet sticks of colorful rock candy circa 1845 that are sure to crush any afternoon sugar cravings.
- Take to the lake for family adventures on Lake Otsego. Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing have long been family favorites for visitors. The lake is one of the finest deep water fisheries in this part of New York, chock full of lake salmon, trout, small and large mouth bass.
- Experience a show at the Glimmerglass Festival. The sparkle of show lights runs deep in Cooperstown. The Glimmerglass Festival has been thriving for over 40 years as visitors come again and again to enjoy intimate opera performances with no sound amplification. World class talent is behind making each opera at the festival a first class experience.
- Shake hands with a baseball legend. Shaking hands and getting a signature from the latest inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame is a must-do. Luckily, each year brings a new group of Major League Baseball players to the heart of Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Weekend.
- Take a whirl on the historic Empire State Carousel. Known as “the museum you can ride,” the carousel has 25 hand-carved animals and showcases the history of New York State. Don't miss the chariot which is a scallop shell (the State shellfish), an Erie Canal boat, and an original lover’s tub.
- Visit with the cuter residents of Cooperstown. The animals at The Farmers’ Museum are as distinct as the humans in Cooperstown. Meet the sheep, pigs, oxen, and our newest residents Dick and Doc, two beautiful Percheron draft horses.
- Keep tradition by touring the new exhibitions. As seasons change, so do the latest exhibits at the Fenimore Art Museum. For many, tradition makes for the best of memories and annual trips to tour the new exhibits is something to look forward to.
- Meet the legendary Cardiff Giant. Hoaxes don’t get much bigger than the one George Hull played in 1868, convincing people everywhere they had uncovered a real giant. See the Cardiff Giant and find out for yourself where he came from and what he’s doing in Cooperstown.
- Celebrate the 4th of July with friends, family, and fun. Nothing beats the festive feeling of Cooperstown on this iconic holiday. From parades to train robberies, everyone is in high spirits and can hardly wait for the evening fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park. On July 5th, nothing is more magical than the second round of fireworks in Cooperstown. Catch a glimpse from one of many idyllic viewing spots around town.
- Enjoy the view from the veranda at The Otesaga. For generations, friends and families have gathered together at The Otesaga and found the scenic veranda the perfect gathering spot to sit, sip, and share stories. Snap a family photo you can share with the kids and the grandkids.
What is your favorite memory from a visit to Cooperstown? Have an old photo with the Cardiff Giant or your favorite baseball legend? We’d love to see it. Share it with us in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Use the hashtag #CooperstownGetaway and we’ll share it with all of our followers!