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Five Reasons Why Visiting Cooperstown in the Winter is the Best!

Posted by: Cooperstown Getaway
01 Nov
Five Reasons Why Visiting Cooperstown in the Winter is the Best!
Cooperstown is truly a four season destination for fun. Yes, even in winter! While the crowds have thinned from the height of summer and fall, the colder weather brings amazing outdoor experiences as well as popular events that will fill your getaway itinerary. Here's a look at some of the highlights of Cooperstown in winter:

Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum
Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum is a beloved event that has become a tradition for many in the region, full of the holiday magic you'd expect to find in Cooperstown. Experience this winter wonderland on December 14th as the paths throughout the museum's country village will be aglow with candlelight as families ride in horse-drawn wagons. With a cup of complimentary hot wassail in your hands, you can listen to traditional carols while you warm yourself by the bonfire. All of this, plus free rides on the Empire State Carousel? Sounds like a perfect winter night!

National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
While we tend to think of baseball in the summer and early fall, in Cooperstown it's a year round pastime! The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is open throughout the winter, and the smaller crowds makes it an excellent time to explore all of the fascinating exhibits at a leisurely pace.

Winter Dining at The Otesaga
A season full of delicious dining events is available during Winter Dining at The Otesaga. Families can enjoy Thanksgiving Buffet or Dinner, or all the charm of Breakfast with Santa. 1909, the newest restaurant at The Otesaga, is open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Visitors can also travel the world with Hawkeye International Nights, or south of the border during Taqueria Tuesdays, featuring Mexican tapas-style appetizers, margarita specials and salsa dancing.

Santa's Cottage
Did you know that Santa and Mrs. Claus have temporary headquarters in Cooperstown? With a welcome parade the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Santa's Cottage is open for visitors during scheduled hours. Your kids will love the opportunity to spend some quality time with St. Nick, and make their case for being on the nice list!

Outdoor Fun
With fresh snow blanketing the ground, Cooperstown becomes a magical place. Glimmerglass State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy outdoor winter activities, whether you're hiking, cross-country skiing, ice skating or ice fishing. In January and February, the park offers snow tubing, a great way to get the kids out for some winter fun. Badger Park, located right in the heart of the village, also offers ice skating. For more ideas on where to go for outdoor adventures, visit Otsego Outdoors.

Cooperstown Winter Carnival
Mark your calendar for February 7-9, as Cooperstown Winter Carnival provides the antidote to your winter blues. For more than 50 years, this popular community event has given people a way to shake off the doldrums and have some fun. Bring the family during the day for activities  like sledding, carriage and pony rides or get together with friends for evening events like the Lip Sync competition and live music around town.

Planning your winter getaway? Cooperstown is full of activities, whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or enjoy the quaint traditions of the season there's plenty to keep you busy. Need help filling your itinerary? Visit Cooperstown Getaway for expert advice on where to stay, eat and have fun.
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