"More than just baseball" Top 5 Page for this destination Cooperstown by rexvaughan

Cooperstown Travel Guide: 105 reviews and 192 photos

No doubt Cooperstown is best known in the United States as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and that is, I am sure, the thing that draws most people here. But it is also the home of one of the best known of American authors, James Fenimore Cooper. In fact, the town was part of a parcel of 10,000 acres purchased by the author’s father, Judge William Cooper in 1785. It was originally incorporated as the Village of Otsego which is also the name of the lake upon whose shores it sits, the lake which is the source of the Susquehanna River.

Lake Otsego is a very picturesque lake and surrounded by 10,000 acres of largely undeveloped land owned by the Clark family heirs. The Clarks had half-ownership of the Singer Sewing Machine Company and has lived in Cooperstown since the mid-19th Century. Hour-long boat tours of the lake are available.

I guess what amazed me about the town is the variety of attractions besides the baseball hall of fame. The Glimmerglass Opera is one of the largest summer opera festivals in the country; there is evidently great fishing in the lake (and possible the Susquehanna River); there are several museums; and the town has a brewery (Ommegang) which does nice Belgian-style ales.

The town appears larger that it is, as it has only slightly more than 2000 residents. As American towns go, it is pretty old and there are some really lovely Federal style homes lining the streets. The main street, however, is not as pretty. It is lined with the kinds of shops you would expect – tons of cheap baseball souvenir stores.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small and walkable with lots to see and do
  • Cons:Main street is full of tacky shops
  • Last visit to Cooperstown: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 23, 2010
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    Aug 2, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Rex, as a baseball fan, I found your Cooperstown page so fascinating. Excellent tips that were informative & helpful. Great restaurant tips. Seeing the All-Star game via jumbo TV sounds super. Delightful that you took your grandson;quite a baseball lover.

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