Today we took the kids to see Cooperstown, NY. We drove up from Schnectady and it was a 60 mile drive give or take through the picturesque countryside. Old craftsman style homes, lush land, the occasional farm animal, and plenty of tractors later we arrived!
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The first stop was the Baseball Hall of Fame. Parking tends to be limited so keep an eye open. The museum is very nice and the line today was not long. they offer discounts to military personnel (active/retired) and kids 6 and under get in free.
The museum has different rooms that cater to adults and kids. The first stop is more museum style with art and statues of iconic individuals through the years. The next stop is the hall of inductees. They have bronze plaques that reflect the players face, name, etc. From there there is a Baseball in Movies area and Kids Play area. They offer a bookstore and a gift shop too.
It is an easy self tour through the facility and there is plenty of staff available to answer questions and guide you. A must see if you are a baseball fan!
The boys are currently on a jersey kick and could not wait to get up to the Baseball Hall of Fame to get their very first baseball jersey. I will say that the kids retail area was limited and they did not have authentic jerseys. Instead we headed next door to FR Woods House-Pro Sports to pick up t-shirts and memorabilia.
Unfortunately, it started to rain so we cut our outdoor time and snuck into Carmen Espositos Italian Ice for some soft serve yogurt (they only take cash). This was so yummy! Prices start at $3.50.
There are a ton of shops and restaurants in the village. We did not go into them because of the rain, but did head out to the Brewery Ommegang. This is the first farmstead Belgian Brewery in America in over 100+ years. The beer is plenty and the venue is beautiful. It is nestled on 140 acres with a lot of land, trees, and good beer!
The good has a German twist and is good. If you are looking for speedy service don’t come here. They take their time and allow you to enjoy the scenery. For example, today they hosted two “old” baseball style games and we watched the four teams play while waiting on food and drink. The kids played and had a blast on the patio. They also offer many festivals and concerts throughout the year. Check them out here.
One last note, if you are making the drive make sure you gas up. You are on rural roads and in some spots the wireless signal is weak. There are gas stations around, but error on the side of caution.
This area of New York is very beautiful and we had a great time today. All sites we visited were family friendly and offered plenty of entertainment. I definitely recommend a visit to Cooperstown!
Ok, it’s late and I am tired. Until next time!