A summer getaway destination that the whole family will enjoy does exist! Here in Cooperstown, New York, we are home to a number of museums and attractions, golf courses, family-friendly dining, and aquatic activities at Otsego Lake. Don't pass on visiting this unique and fun-filled community where we are affectionately referred to as "America's Most Perfect Village." There are a lot of ways to get outside in Cooperstown, here are a few to consider for your family getaway.
Explore farm and village life of the 19th century at The Farmers' Museum. Interactive educational programs and a trek through the historic village will give kids of all ages a glimpse of what life was like before hitting a drive-thru for dinner was an option. Don't miss the opportunity to ride the Empire State Carousel or visit with the animals. The museum is open through October 29th.
Bonus! Right now, download some great discounts at The Farmers' Museum with their Fun on the Farm Summer Special. One big perk? A free carousel ride for the whole family.
The Otesaga, where deluxe lakeside accommodations can be enjoyed by the whole family, offers guests several options for activities on and around Otsego Lake. On the water, guests can rent canoes, rowboats, or try paddleboarding. Or, maybe grab some poles and relax with a little fishing. Swimming is a family favorite, whether in the heated pool or in the lake off the dock. On shore, you can rent bicycles to ride along the path around the lake, hit the tennis courts, or enjoy a challenging round of golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course. After all of that, outdoor dining overlooking the lake is a great way to unwind after a fun-filled day.
The Fenimore Art Museum, nestled beside Otsego Lake, features a wealth of art inside, but also a unique Native American interpretive site outside. During the summer, events, performances, and educational programs take place on their expansive back lawn and in the outdoor amphitheater. Don't miss Art by the Lake, coming up August 19th - an outdoor juried show featuring 25 regional artists. And, if it gets too hot or some rain rolls in, there is plenty to see inside as well - like the Andrew Wyeth exhibition closing September 4.
State parks, land conservations, and plenty of biking and hiking trails surround Cooperstown and the existing area. Find the perfect difficulty level and location on the helpful site, Otsego Outdoors. They also have all the details on winter sports - so be sure to bookmark the page before your Cooperstown getaway so you can plan an outdoor activity on the fly.
The first Hall of Fame Induction was held on the Museum steps on Main Street in Cooperstown on June 12, 1939, and fans still flock to Cooperstown to stand where Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and all the members of the first four induction classes were honored. The Museum, which is open seven days a week, also features an outdoor statue garden with bronze representations of Satchel Paige, 1955 Dodgers World Series heroes Roy Campanella and Johnny Podres and a tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Then come inside to experience the history and legends of the game in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery.
For more ideas on family-friendly outdoor activities while visiting Cooperstown, please visit our things to do. Outdoor adventures abound in Cooperstown and we'd love to hear about yours. While visiting, use the hashtag #CoopGetAway when posting to social media so we can share in the fun!