Central New York is an amazing place to visit, especially in the summertime. If you are traveling to Cooperstown on a budget, there are a lot affordable things available for recreation and entertainment!
- Cooperstown Village is located at the southern tip of Otsego Lake, made famous as “Glimmerglass” by author James Fenimore Cooper, son of Cooperstown founder William Cooper. Towards the northern end of the lake is Glimmerglass State Park. One fee per car and a picnic lunch provides you with a great day at the lake!
- Free music concerts on Tuesday evenings in July and August at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown – right by the water – from the Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series!
- Watch a baseball game at historic Doubleday Field! Teams come to Cooperstown all summer long and the stands are open for spectators.
- Go for a game of miniature golf at Barnyard Swing, then grab some ice cream for everyone when you are done!
- Hike the Natty Bumpo Trail (the character is the Deerslayer in J. F. Cooper’s “The Leatherstocking Tales“), just off of Highway 31 on the East Lake Road. Parts of the trail are steep but getting to the top with an amazing view of the valley is worth it!
- Tour the Cooperstown Beverage Trail (21 and over)! Typically there is a nominal per person fee for tastings, but it’s a great way to learn about our hoppy history.
These are just a few ideas of things you can do (affordably) in the Cooperstown area. If you are looking for more, just ask a local! We are all ambassadors.