Things To Do
A Unique Destination
Cooperstown is a wonderful and unique travel destination. The village is set on the nine mile, pristine Otsego Lake, referred to as “Glimmerglass” in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales. A one-stoplight village, the area is a step back in time, with historic buildings, a charming Main Street and quaint bed & breakfasts.
Try antiquing in the many shops or barns nestled in the countryside or have a taste of local fare – think maple syrup and organic produce – at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market or one of the plentiful roadside stands. Unwind with an afternoon at one of the local spas, like Spring House Spa, after visiting the local art galleries: The Cooperstown Art Association and Smith Center for the Arts.
Stroll through some of Fenimore Art Museum’s exhibitions, some of which relate to our season. Hyde Hall, the historic landmark, is a short drive from the Festival and offers tours of the neoclassic country mansion and stunning views of Otsego Lake. Or, take the family to The Farmers’ Museum and experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The area is also home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where Glimmerglass Young Artists perform baseball-related concerts in August, The Arkell Museum and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Once the hops-growing capital of North America, Cooperstown now boasts two breweries, a winery and a historic cider mill. Take the Cooperstown Beverage Trail and visit and tour Bear Pond Winery; Brewery Ommegang, the official brewery of The Glimmerglass Festival; Cooperstown Brewing Company; and Fly Creek Cider Mill.
There are many hiking opportunities in the Central New York area. Close to The Glimmerglass Festival, discover the many scenic trails in Glimmerglass State Park, which range from one-half to two miles long. A little more than five miles north of The Glimmerglass Festival, discover the Robert Woodruff Nature Center, with trails leading to small waterfalls.
Arnold Lake State Forest in Hartwick and Milford lie on New York State and Otesgo County lands surrounding Arnold Lake. The main trail is a five-and-a-half mile loop. The 1,293 acres of R. Milton Hick Memorial State Forest in nearby Roseboom include all stages of the cycle of forest management for viewing. The Lordsland Preserve, also in Roseboom, is a private, 80-acre parcel owned by The Nature Conservancy and features two trails offering a wide range of plants.
Contact the Otsego County Conservation Association for more information at www.occainfo.org.
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For visitor information and to plan your trip to Cooperstown, visit www.ThisIsCooperstown.com, the official website of Cooperstown, New York. www.ThisIsCooperstown.com provides visitor resources including lodging packages, recreation, events, online coupons, trip planning maps and more. Additional information on Cooperstown may be found at the Cooperstown Chamber website.