Cooperstown Things to Do

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    Ommegang Brewerty

    by kooka3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Ommegang Brewery is a great side trip from Cooperstown - takes about 10 minutes to get there from the center of town. It's on a 140 acre former hop farm and they make traditional belgian style beers.

    The tour lasts about 15 minutes - the building isn't all that big. There aren't set times. Just show up and they'll give you a tour. They explain the process, show you around (you do have to wear goofy googles when going into the bottling side of the building - but everyone is wearing them, so who cares!) At the end, you go into the tasting room and they give you tases of about 7 or 8 beers. They have a small shop where you can buy any of the beers, belgian chocolates, etc.

    There's plenty of lawn to picnic on, so bring food if you want.

    Summer hours: 11-6; winter hours 12-5

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    Red Sox Parade..Johnny Pesky, Cooperstown, NY

    by ladyanne Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Johnny Pesky..Red Sox Mascot. With Ring.

    Johnny Pesky showing off to the crowd his "World Series Ring" given to him by the RedSox team. Highlight of the Parade (except for seeing Johnny Damon), riding in an antique Cadillac.

    Cooperstown, NY...Baseball Hall of Fame Parade for the World Series winning Team. the Boston Red Sox.

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    Farmer's Museum

    by mingomatic Written Oct 5, 2010

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    This place is like an old colonial area locked in time. If you walk through this place, they have a blacksmith in his shed and other people in character around this small village doing their thing in full uniform. There is real farm animals roaming around as well. They love when you ask questions. Ask about anything and they'll educate you to great length and are very friendly. This is a great option if you have no interest in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    The Farmer's Museum is only open only certain times of year so I would recommend checking their website before you visit. I came here for a wedding that was held in the village church, so you can hold events here if you want. There's plenty of parking either here or across the street.

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    The Baseball Hall of Fame is great

    by mingomatic Written Oct 5, 2010

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    If you are a baseball fan, this place will knock your socks off. You will go through exhibits of really old memorabilia of the greats of baseball. See the locker of Babe Ruth or Stan Musial. Check out the exhibit about Jackie Robinson and minorities in baseball. Look at all those World Series rings and trophies. You'll see things ranging from the beginning of baseball until now. It's a painstakingly put together place that will remind you of players you know of but haven't thought about in awhile -the greats like Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Willie Mays, Ricky Henderson, and more.

    My favorite thing to see was the coveted Honus Wagner baseball card. It is the Mona Lisa, or the holy grail of baseball cards. At 3 million dollars each, they had 2 on display.

    This place is a nice gander into the view of baseball history. I'd have to say this is the best thing to do in Cooperstown as a visitor.

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    Special events at the Hall of Fame

    by rexvaughan Written Jul 27, 2010

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    There are a lot of special events and programs at the Hall so you should consult their calendar when planning. It is available on their website. We just happened to be there the day of the All-Star Baseball Game between the National and American League. They were showing the game on a big screen in the 200-seat theater so we went. They provided complimentary hot dogs, soft drinks, chips and peanuts and at the end of every half-inning would turn off the commercials and select members of the audience for a game or quiz, with every participant receiving a small prize. Our grandson go to go up for a trivia quiz on the all-star games, answered every question before they finished asking it, and won a Baseball Hall of Fame pennant. He was delighted. It was an excellent evening. I don’t know about all the other events, but they seem to do everything well, so it is worth checking.

    To support the museum and also to allow for multiple visits, consider a membership. I must confess that what prompted me to do this was seeing the All-Star Game at the Museum and you had to be a member to purchase tickets to this evening (the tickets were quite reasonable at $10 for adults and $5 for kids). We purchased a family membership for $70 which got us into the museum both days. That would have cost us $54 (2 seniors and one child for 2 days) so the membership was pretty cheap. For a younger family the membership would be the same and one day’s admission for 2 adults and 2 children would be $45, so I think it is worth at least considering. We will not likely go back within the next year, but if we do, our admission will be free.

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    Grand home of baseball lore

    by rexvaughan Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Anyone who is a fan of American baseball will certainly enjoy this place. It sits in the town where purportedly baseball was invented, although there are some questions about the actual origin. In addition to a grand hall called the Plaque Gallery where there are bronze plaques commemorating the 292 members which includes not only major league players, but also Negro League players along with a some managers, umpires and other leaders. There are displays of notables associated with all aspects of the game and a room full of lockers from every major league team. We took our 10 year-old grandson who is quite informed about the game so we saw virtually everything on display. We went for a couple of hours one day, and a total of about 4 or 5 the next so it can take as much time as you want to give.

    There is a lot about famous players, but only two have their own area: Babe Ruth and Henry (Hammerin' Hank) Aaron. Being from Atlanta, we are naturally great fans of Aaron so were glad to see the new area devoted to him and the huge photo of his historic home run.

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    National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 26, 2008
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    The Museum opened in 1939 housing baseball treasures and symbolizing the honor bestowed on an athlete. It is truly every fan's "Field of Dreams" with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation. The Baseball Hall of Fame's mission is to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations.

    The Hall of Fame Gallery is the centerpiece, where the plaques of all 278 Hall of Fame members line the walls. Only 199 former Major Leaguers -- 1% of all who played baseball in the major leagues -- have earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. The 2008 inductees are Rich "Goose" Gossage, Dick Williams, Billy Southworth, Walter O'Malley, Bowie Kuhn, and Barney Dreyfus.

    The Museum Experience began with a 13-minute movie "The Baseball Experience." in a 191-seat Grandstand Theater. This set the stage for our experience. From there we entered the Baseball Time line, detailing baseball's notable players in chronological order, from conception through the 2000 season. The Babe Ruth Room, Diamond Dreams, Women in Baseball, African-American Baseball Experience, Presidential Pastime mementos from the Museum's extensive collection, exploring the relationship between baseball and the leader of the free world, Youth Baseball, 135,000 Baseball Cards, ending with milestones from the last several years of baseball history featuring a locker for each of the 30 major leagues in a clubhouse setting. Organized alphabetically by city name, each locker contains artifacts of memorable moments and historic achievements from the last decade for each team. The manager's office in the clubhouse provided us with a glimpse of how strategic decisions are formulated.

    The Hall of Fame Library houses more than 2.6 million documents, including a file on every player to appear in a Major League game, 500,000 photographs and 12,000 hours of recorded film, video and sound.

    We enjoyed the exhibit Baseball at the Movies explores the long-standing relationship between baseball and the movies. Scribes and Mikemen honor the greatest journalists to broadcast and write about Baseball housing the award winners for the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually for broadcasting excellence, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

    On the 3rd floor we enjoyed Sacred Ground which examines ballparks of the past and present through more than 200 artifacts and numerous displays in 1,800 square feet of exhibit space. Among the most notable artifacts in the exhibit: a scoreboard "pinwheel" from Comiskey Park; a ticket booth from Yankee Stadium; a turnstile from the Polo Grounds; a cornerstone from Ebbets Field; Walter Johnson's locker from Griffith Stadium; and the on-deck circle from Forbes Field. The exhibit also includes a special interactive section dedicated to music at the ballpark, where visitors can hear the distinctive sounds from various ballparks and learn the history of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." A computer interactive guides visitors on a "walk-through" of Boston's South End Grounds Grand Pavilion, in existence from 1888-1894) via a 14' x 8' curved screen.

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    Farmers Market

    by apbeaches Written Oct 19, 2008

    Saturday morning we walked over to the enclosed Farmers Market & enjoyed looking at the picture perfect produce. There were tables with tablecloths & fresh baked goods & coffee. The fruits & vegetables were so perfect that they didn't look real. Handicrafts, syrup, poultry & meats, cheese, and photographs of Cooperstown were also for sale. We bought beautiful heirloom tomatoes for $4.50 lb., by far the most expensive but the most beautiful.

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    The Fenimore Art Museum

    by apbeaches Written Oct 19, 2008

    Beautiful Museum on Lake Otsego. The terrace & grounds were beautiful with chairs & gazebo's on the lake. The foliage was perfect for photographs.

    We explored collections on all three floors seeing varied art. African American, Folk & Native American art was were presented. They had very old Presidential election memorabilia; quilts, paintings, signs, hats & pottery. The architecture of the museum was attractive, it looked new & very bright. There was an interactive family exhibit re. image & prejudices - it was well done.

    Admission was $11.00 and we spent about an hour and a half at the Art Museum. We walked through the coffee shop to get to the huge terrace. There was a gift shop carrying books, children's materials, reproductions & jewelry.

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    Doubleday Field

    by apbeaches Written Oct 19, 2008

    Nice to walk in, sit on the grandstands & see the historic field. Doubleday Field is home to the annual Hall of Fame game every summer in which two major league teams play. It was built in 1939 and seats 9,000.

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    National Baseball Museum

    by davecallahan Updated May 18, 2007

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    National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is for baseball history and heroes that lived and played in USA. There is also a Canadian baseball museum (in Canada).

    This is the main focus item for most people coming to Cooperstown area.
    I have been there with each of our generations (parents, kids, grandkids) and it hasn't changed much over time.
    The building houses plaques and photos and memorabilia of all the great baseball players that were inducted in the hall of fame. It also includes items from famous financers and referees and coaches who were important to the growth of the game in becoming the national pasttime. Recently they have added a section about the baseball parks and the fans that attend the game. There are three floors of exhibits, so be prepared for a bit of walking.
    Besides the artifacts, there is a movie about the construction of the hall of fame and the early inductees. There is a gift shop where you can get your souvenier teeshirt or mug

    Every year (in June I think) more players are inducted, so the museum is forever growing in number of items

    The self-guided tour takes about two hours (including wife-time at the gift shop).
    The cost is about $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

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    The Farmer's Museum

    by davecallahan Written May 17, 2007

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    This is one of three museums in the area that are open from April to December. You can get a ticket for this one museum for $10 or buy a ticket to all three (Farmer's, Fenimore, Baseball) museums for $20.

    The outdoor museum areas has homes, barns, farms, and fields like they would have been 200 years ago. The place is filled with "characters" in period clothing doing the work and everyday business of the 18th century. There are exhibitions of work skills and products produced and equipment used. Over 23000 authentic items are present in the whole museum.

    There is a great gift shop where you can get homemade articles representing the 18th century or more modern teeshirts, caps and mugs. The Cottage Restaurant is there for your convenience to refill your energy reserves after spending two to three hours walking around the museum

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    Fenimore Art Museum

    by davecallahan Written May 17, 2007

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    This museum is opened from April to December. It is part of the New York Historic Society's presentations in Cooperstown along with the Farmer's Museum and the Baseball Museum.
    You can get a single museum ticket for $10 or a triple museum ticket for $20.

    The art museum has some of the best representations of American artists anywhere in the U.S.
    The exhibits change on a regular basis so you need to see the website below for which artists will be highlighted during your visit to Cooperstown.

    Remington, Ansel Adams, the Thaw Collection, Smith and Telfer are just a few you may see.
    There are some exhibits that are more or less permanent that show art of a particular period (19th century for example) or art that has a common theme (like, paintings of the prairies).

    This is a good two hours of enjoyment for the art lovers amongst you tourists.

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    Cooperstown, not just Baseball!

    by EstherM Written Apr 10, 2007

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    If you are baseball fan, the Hall of Fame will draw you to Cooperstown. If you are not, there is something for you too.

    1. Fenimore Art Museum
    A small museum with a fabulous permament exhibit of Indian Art that has no match anywhere in my opinion. It was donated to this museum by the Thaw's, who were lifetime collectors of Native American Art. A special wing was added to this museum to house it. Really incredible pieces

    2. Otsego Lake
    Rent a pontoon boat from Sam Smith's Boatyard for a couple of hours, bring your lunch or breakfast with you and have a great picnic on the water.

    3. Farmers Museum - Lots of walking, a mock village of original buildings, all kept bright and shiny. Like Mystic but a rural farm version. Great carousel, real general store.

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  • The Farmer's Museum

    by Loonbeam Written Oct 13, 2006

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    The Farmer's museum features 3 distinct areas. An exhibit detailing the history of the Lake Ostego region, a recreated hand-carved carousel and band orgran and an interpretive farm village featuring 1800's living methods.

    All are exceedingly well done and worth a visit. Younger children will especially enjoy the Carousel (only $.25 per ride!) and the chance to get up close with some animals. Older ones may enjoy the blacksmithing and broom making demos among others.

    Allow 1-2 hours. Combination tickets with Baseball HOF and Fenimore available.

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