Baseball fans know Cooperstown, NY, as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Although much of the town’s fame centers around baseball, there is much more to Cooperstown than the Hall of Fame.
For starters, every summer Cooperstown hosts The Glimmerglass Festival featuring opera and musical theatre productions throughout each weekend at several times each day. The festival runs through August 24, so there is still time to check it out.
If you’re in the mood for something spooky, try out an evening Ghost Tour of Hyde Hall mansion, which was featured on SyFy’s Ghosthunters (c). Or you can tour the mansion and grounds during the day as well and avoid the ghosts. It’s a National Historic Landmark Site within Glimmerglass State Park, so it’s certainly interesting regardless of any paranormal activity on site!
And of course, you can visit Glimmerglass State Park for swimming, boating, hiking and camping. It’s on the shores of Otsego Lake and the park is named after James Fenimore Cooper’s Glimmerglass from the Leatherstocking Tales.
On a rainy day, or if it’s too hot to be outdoors, Cooperstown is home to the Fenimore Art Museum. Through September 2, they are featuring on exhibit of photographs of Rock and Roll icons by Herb Ritts, an exhibition organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Another museum worth checking out is the Farmers Museum, which features an historic village, farmhouse, carousel, and the Cardiff Giant, one of the biggest hoaxes of the 19th century.
If you decide to stay for dinner (or the evening), the Lake House summer concert series is a great place to catch some live music along with dinner and drinks. Located at The Lake House restaurant. On top of that, there are plenty of excellent restaurants in town to cater to a variety of tastes.
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your visit!