As most people know, Cooperstown is the home of baseball. The Baseball Hall of Fame is a reason for people to visit this interesting town, but if you’re visiting this summer you’ll be happy to learn of all the other attractions and distractions that take you beyond the Cooperstown Baseball experience.
May as well start here. The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum chronicles the sport through its various exhibits. The Hall of Fame as the name suggests celebrates the baseball greats. While this is a year round activity, it neatly ties in with summer games happening around Otsego County.
Cooperstown Dreams Park fosters young talent with 12U games that you should weave into your trip. The baseball games can be quite memorable and you can make a picnic of a day here.
Each summer, some of the biggest names in baseball come to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. (This year, the event is from 27 to 30 July 2018 at Clark Sports Center.) Book your stay in advance because everyone here is looking to meet their baseball heroes who come to honor the new inductees.
If you happen to miss the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, the wax museum gives you the next closest thing. There are over 30 wax statues of the greatest players in history on display at the museum. The museum shared Main Street with other baseball experiences.
On Main Street, visit the store Babe Ruth did to get his bats. Get autographed bats that Cooperstown Bat Company has been engraving since 1981. Custom and pro model bats are available from little league right up to the Major Leagues.
Considered (by some) as the birthplace of baseball, this historic venue has become the image of Cooperstown. Hosting the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend (last year), Doubleday has also become the venue for many other major events and concerts. There are usually some good games at Doubleday during the summer season.
The historic Damaschke Field is one of the oldest fields that is still operational. Opened in 1906, the field offers a great picnic area to utilise in the summer months. There are many events that also take place in this field.
The best way to enjoy your summer baseball experience in Cooperstown is with a chilled beer. The Cooperstown Brewing Company offers many Cooperstown baseball themed brews like the Old Slugger Pale Ale, Benchwarmer Porter, Nine Man Ale and more.