The most memorable getaways are the ones that every member of the family can enjoy. If you're on the hunt for a travel destination that will appeal to everyone, regardless of age, then you need to plan a trip to Cooperstown. Whether you're a family of baseball lovers, history buffs or outdoor adventure seekers, a getaway to Cooperstown is sure to be a hit. Visiting Cooperstown with kids is guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime!
Traveling with kids should be a pleasant experience for all involved, so to help you strategize and plan your trip, we've put together a few travel tips for families.
Travel Tips for Kids in Cooperstown
Tip #1 - Look for family-friendly lodging options.
When choosing your hotel, make sure it is family-friendly and offers amenities that will appeal to your youngsters. The Otesaga Resort Hotel is a great option for lodging. Not only is the resort welcoming to guests of all ages, the outdoor heated pool is a favorite activity for many children. Kids love swimming! Not only that, the Otesaga Resort Hotel is located right on Lake Otsego which provides endless opportunities for bike rides, walks, picnics, paddle boarding, canoeing, and fishing.
Tip #2 - Visit museums that offer activities for kids.
Cooperstown is home to a number of world-class museums that are suitable for all ages and offer hands-on activities and special programs for children. Among them are the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers' Museum, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Fenimore Art Museum has several permanent collections, including American folk and American Indian art on view, that allow opportunities for kids to interact with objects and artifacts. Hands-on exploration makes history and art exciting for both children and adults! While there, visit the 30-foot Haida totem pole, the lakeside Native American interpretive area, and of course, the seven new art exhibitions inside.
At The Farmers' Museum, daily activities include children's farm stories and hands-on activities that incorporate nature, art, and history to inspire young minds. Kids also love to explore the 19th-century historic village and working farm with live animals, a blacksmith, and pharmacy. Ride the Empire State Carousel, see the famous Cardiff Giant and more.
A visit to Cooperstown would not be complete without exploring the rich history of our nation's most beloved sport at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Kids will love the Hall of Fame Discovery Tour sponsored by Big League Chew! The scavenger hunt for school-aged visitors creates a chance to learn more about baseball while earning the prize of a complimentary pouch of Big League Chew upon completion of the tour. Children 12 and under will also love the Sandlot Kids Clubhouse.
Tip #3 - Seek out restaurants that are family-friendly.
Many restaurants in Cooperstown are family-friendly and welcome children! When looking into dining options during your stay, check for children's menus or smaller servings of classic dishes. Hawkeye Grill at The Otesaga has a wonderful kids menu as well as activities to entertain during the meal. Plus, parents will love the lakeside view. New York Pizzeria is another favorite, featuring a kids menu and family pack that includes an 18" pizza and 20 wings with Antipasto salad. For more restaurant recommendations, visit our dining page.
Tip #4 - Schedule time for children to play.
Be sure to schedule some active recreation and play time. There are many wonderful parks with playgrounds to take advantage of and the Clark Sports Center is another great option. They have a rock wall for climbing, a bowling alley, and game room to help little bodies burn off some extra energy. And if you are staying at The Otesaga, don't forget the lake and pool activities there for a midday break.
A Destination for Kids
Traveling with children should be an enriching and fun time for everyone and Cooperstown is the perfect destination to make lasting memories with your kids. You'll find more ideas on what to see and do in Cooperstown as well as suggestions for planning your itinerary throughout the Cooperstown Getaway website. We can't wait for you and your family to visit! Be sure to post your best family photos to social media with the hashtag, #CoopGetAway and we'll be on the lookout to share on our next #FollowerFriday.