Summer isn’t the only season bursting with family activities. Fall is a fantastic time for families to plan a getaway to Cooperstown - there’s so much to do. With great deals and seasonal specials on accommodations at The Otesaga Resort Hotel and The Cooper Inn, there’s no reason not to plan a fall getaway with activities the whole family will enjoy. Here’s our top 5!
Tractor Fest - October 10th and 11th Spend the day at The Farmers’ Museum to see tractors at work or join a wagon ride, pulled by a 1959 Ford Golden Jubilee tractor. Children ages 7 and younger can drive an assortment of pedal-tractors and receive a token for a free carousel ride.
Fly Creek Cider Festival - October 10th and 11th This is when Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is all about doing what they do best, making fresh, sweet cider the old - fashioned way with an 1889 water-powered cider press. Visitors can also take a turn to help work a hand operated cider press.
Cooptoberfest - October 10th We said something for everyone, right? How about beer and cider for the adults and pumpkin picking for the kids? This event is right on Main Street and is sure to bring everyone in town, locals and visitors alike together. Live music and a gigantic cornhole tournament just can’t be wrong!
Thanksgiving brings out the best in Cooperstown
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate, and there’s enough going on to make a full weekend of it. Stay at The Otesaga Resort Hotel for a plethora of fun family activities like face painting, cookie decorating, holiday decorating for kids and adults, music, dancing, family movie nights, horse-drawn hayrides and of course a full Thanksgiving dinner! Then, on Saturday and Sunday venture over The Farmers’ Museum for Thanksgiving at the Farm where they’ll be preparing traditional Thanksgiving foods on the open hearth, you can visit with heritage breed turkeys, learn about 19th century digestive medicines, and take a spin on the famous Empire State Carousel.
Throughout the entire fall season (October-December) the Fenimore Art Museum offers a unique look at their exhibits - through the eyes of the artist themselves! Take a lively tour with Samuel F.B. Morse as portrayed by one of the museum's talented Templeton Players. Although Samuel F.B. Morse is most known for inventing Morse code and the telegraph, he actually intended on being an artist!
The Farmers’ Museum hosts a family friendly tour of everything ghostly on October 17, 23, and 24 (Hour long tours start at 5:30pm.) Explore the historic village by lantern while listening to ghostly tales and hold your breath as one of the Templeton Players dramatizes one of Edgar Allen Poe's classics: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," or "The Cask of Amontillado.". And after the evening’s last tour, stick around for a staged séance "performed" in the style of the Fox Sisters. NOTE: Seance not recommended for children under 12. Reservations are required. Admission is $10 per person (ages 3 and up) - a séance is $10 extra for adults, $7.50 for students, seniors and members. Please call 607-547-1461 to book.
Who says Halloween and baseball don’t go together?
The baseball Hall of Fame celebrates Halloween with free admission to costumed kids and their guardians from 3:30pm - 5pm to experience a trick-or-treat adventure through the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery.That evening come back at 7pm for the World Series Gala where guests will enjoy ballpark food and soft drinks, trivia, raffles, prizes and screening of FOX's live broadcast of Game 4 of the 111th World Series. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. With so many spectacular fall specials at The Otesaga Resort Hotel and The Cooper Inn, the planning is practically done. Just book a room before they're gone, limited space is available. Find more fun family itineraries for Cooperstown on our Itineraries page. Then, when you get to Cooperstown, be sure to post all about it. We follow the hashtag #CoopGetaway and love to share visitors’ experiences via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we might just share yours!