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The Grounds

Your summer destination in Central NY

Nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill mountains on Otsego Lake, the Glimmerglass estate provides the perfect destination for a summer getaway. Surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful parks and crystal-clear lakes, the unspoiled beauty of Central New York’s rural landscape provides what The Sunday Times of London has called “the most magical of settings.” 

The grounds offer Glimmerglass visitors an ideal setting in which to enjoy an informal picnic with friends or a leisurely stroll along Otsego Lake. Gourmet picnics are available for our visitors, delivered fresh to the theater daily, and featuring the finest local ingredients.

In addition to the Alice Busch Opera Theater, the grounds include the Pavilion and the Preview Pavilion. The grounds and many picnic tables are made available to guests for picnicking before and after productions.  Enjoy delicious made-to-order wraps and sandwiches or visit our wine bar to create a special picnic on our grounds. 

Take a stroll behind the Alice Busch Opera Theater and discover the Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary. Developed trails and boardwalks throughout five acres provide an opportunity for self-guided field trips through the natural wetlands adjacent to Otsego Lake. Lake access is provided via a 40-foot dock. 

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...the most magical of settings.

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