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National Baseball Hall of Fame: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.

Cooperstown Dreams Park: The home of the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame promoting a high caliber of play, players twelve years and under, experience the purity of baseball as it was meant to be played! The Village of Cooperstown adds even more magic to the experience of our tournaments. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and attend baseball games at Doubleday Field, the legendary home of baseball, where the game began one afternoon in 1839.

The Clark Sports Center: Located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, one mile from the center of the village of Cooperstown, The Clark Sports Center represents a unique approach to health, fitness, and wellness. Since opening to the public in October of 1986, bringing together so broad a range of quality equipment, experienced staff, and professional programming. Everyone, from family groups to the most serious athletes, will find The Clark Sports Center an affordable pleasure.

The Farmer's Museum: As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, a Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock.

Cooperstown Fun Park: Does your family like Lazer Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, and a full Arcade with a variety of games? If so then Cooperstown Fun Park is for you. They have a kitchen with an array of tasty foods, Nestle's ice cream novelties and an assortment of "movie theatre" sweets and treats. The mini-golf is an 18 hole scenic course located right next to the Fun Park. Lazer Runner is a lazer tag arena with over 90 miles of classic games of hide Á seek with a high tech twist! Enjoy the 1/4 mile, twisting Go-Kart track with 17 go-karts, including a "2-seater" for your little ones. Bummer Boats offer an enjoyable, splashable good time with seating for up to 3 people for a truly awesome family experience.

Utica Zoo: The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 88 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. The zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer to its present collection of over 200 animals. Of the 80 acres of land set aside for the zoo's use, 35 are presently developed.

Howe Caverns: Imagine ... stepping into an elevator that takes you 156 feet below the Earth's surface. When the elevator stops, the doors open into a prehistoric underground cavern six million years in the making. As you exit into the Vestibule, your imagination takes hold. You don't have to be a serious caver or spelunker to appreciate the geology of Howe Caverns. Your specially trained tour guide will help you negotiate the cave and learn about the magnificent limestone formations, the stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone, and the tremendous conservation effort underway to protect and preserve Howe Caverns for future generations.

Brookwood Gardens and The Cook Foundation: Historic garden on 22 acres of preserved lands lying on a point of land on Otsego Lake 2 miles north of the Village of Cooperstown.

Charles William Gallery: PO Box 299, Gilbertsville, NY 13776; Location: 246 Guy Beardsley Road, Gilbertsville, NY 13776 - (607)783-2006. Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and specializing in Stereoscopic Drawings.

American Baseball Experience/Hero's of Baseball Wax Museum: Go see realistic, life-sized wax figures of many of the players who made the game great, all in authentic displays. Watch Abbott and Costello performing "Who's on First," Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe ready for a night on the town, as well as Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna in the new "A league of Their Own" display. The wax museum offers fun and entertainment for the entire family. There are many interactive photo opportunities available with over 40 wax figures throughout the museum. VIRTUAL REALITY BATTING CAGE Try Cooperstown's only virtual reality batting cage. Test your hitting skills! The American Baseball Experience offers both young and old a chance to hit one out of the park.

Cooperstown All Star Village: Welcome to America's first and only kids' baseball training camp designed for the whole family. Located just outside Cooperstown, NY, their summer camp offers tournaments and expert training on major league style baseball fields for kids 12 and under. Visit and experience playing teams from all over the world. It's The Ultimate Cooperstown World Series.™

Cooperstown Bat Company: Ball players and fans of all ages come to Cooperstown to realize their dreams of playing ball or watching a game in Doubleday Field. They stop by for a visit, get to know us, and become part of the CBC family. They return home proudly displaying their new CBC bats with their names, team championships, MVP awards, or whatever else they wish, laser engraved into the barrels.

The Cooperstown Art Association: The CAA galleries offer a breath-taking atmosphere for exhibitions, classes and special events. Home to many special events, including the Fine Arts on the Lawn and the Pumpkin Glow the front porch and lawn offer a spacious landscape and a beautiful view of the exquisite architecture of the 22 Main Street builiding.

Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours: The village of Cooperstown has become nationally known for its paranormal activity, in part because of a 2010 visit by Ghost Hunters, the popular TV series featured on the SyFy Channel. Tours will include discussion of the Ghost Hunters’ experiences, along with stories of traditional locations like the Christ Episcopal Church graveyard, the houses of Byberry Cottage, Greencrest, and Pomeroy Place, and the Haunted Lake, Lake Otsego. Most of the Sunday night tours will spotlight the west side of the village, with particular attention to The Otesaga Resort Hotel, which gained nationwide acclaim during an episode of Ghost Hunters. In addition to stories of ghosts and hauntings, the tours will feature the history of the village of Cooperstown, including discussion of prominent citizens like Judge William Cooper and his son, famed author James Fenimore Cooper.

Cooperstown Concert Series: The mission of the Cooperstown Concert Series is to preserve and promote cultural growth in the region. This all-volunteer organization presents high-quality performances by professional artists in many genres which would not otherwise be available in a small, rural community. As the only performing arts organization operating during the winter months in Cooperstown, we attract audiences from a wide area of Otsego County and beyond.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard : The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek in the heart of beautiful Central New York just minutes from Cooperstown. For more than 150 years visitors have witnessed the pressing of fresh, sweet and delicious cider creating an experience that has become a tradition shared by generations. The Mill Store Marketplace is the heart of activity with sampling of over 40 specialty food products, many made right at the Mill. Daily tastings include apple salsa, zesty salad dressings, hot sauces, preserves, aged cheddar cheese and Mill-made fudge. From the Farm Winery you can taste Hard Ciders and Apple Wines, another feature of the New York cider making tradition.

Cooperstown Cookie Company: Take a Bit of Cooperstown Home with You. Our Classic Baseball Shortbread is baked in small quantities by hand — using only the purest ingredients.

Douglas Farm Ag-Ventures LLC:704 Co Rte 34, Schenevus, NY 12155 - (607)638-1975. Visit Old Homestead Farm - an operating family dairy farm. Please call for appointment. July - September. Groups welcome. 20 Minute country ride from Cooperstown and Oneonta.

Erie Canal Cruises: Kim and Jerry Gertz have served the cruising needs of both sightseers and private charterers since 1977. After retiring in 1999, they moved on board their personal vessel, a 51 foot trawler, to begin a life of pleasure cruising the eastern half of the United States and the Bahamas. In the Summer of 2002, they cruised New York State and upon seeing the stunning beauty and learning the historical significance of the Mohawk Valley, they decided to come out of retirement and launch Erie Canal Cruises. They believe that others should also have the opportunity to appreciate the marvelous Mohawk Valley, so rich in heritage, history and beauty. Spend some time with them on board Lil' Diamond II -- relax and enjoy -- you'll be glad you did.

Northeast Classic Car Museum: The Northeast Classic Car Museum is an educational facility that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. Currently, over 160 vehicles are on display in 5 connected buildings. Informative videos, period fashions, and more enhance the Museum experience.

Fenimore Art Museum: The Fenimore Art Museum is the showcase of the New York State Historical Association, which is the not-for-profit corporate entity governing the operations of the museum. The New York State Historical Association was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state.

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad: Ride Into History... and Beautiful Scenery... Built in 1869, the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad gives you a chance to experience what was once the primary form of transportation throughout the country - riding the rails. In an area rich with railroad history the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad takes our visitors back in time with vintage rail cars and locomotives through the scenic wilderness of the upper Susquehanna River Valley. The Railroad crosses the river twice over two steel-truss bridges, and travels through a variety of landscapes, including forests, wetlands and rolling farms. In the beautifully restored Milford Depot in Milford, NY, also built in 1869, visitors can view a variety of exhibits and displays.

Doubleday Batting Range: Since 1972 thousands of visitors to Cooperstown have enjoyed themselves at Doubleday Batting Range. Located in the Heart of Cooperstown, next to historic Doubleday Field, Doubleday Batting Range is the first batting range equipped with TRU-PITCH batting machines-used by many Major League Teams. Here, you can fantasize batting like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams. Doubleday also is the first batting range to offer a Radar Pitching Speed Recorder with digital readout. Why not come in and test how fast you can throw? You can fantasize pitching like Cy Young, Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver.

Otsego Golf Club: The Otsego Golf Club, established on the shores of Otsego Lake in 1894, is one of America’s oldest courses. Located near Cooperstown, New York (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame) the course features nine picturesque, challenging holes. The par 35 layout plays over 3000 yards from the back tees and has a USGA rating of 67.8. Elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, breezes coming off the lake and creeks meandering through the fairways make the course as interesting as it is beautiful. After your round enjoy lunch on the porch overlooking the lake.

Soccer Hall of Fame: As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for almost 100 years. In that time, the Federation’s mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.

The Otesaga's Leatherstocking Golf Course: The Otesaga is its 72 par Leatherstocking Golf Course. Designed in 1909 by Devereux Emmet, it is considered by many to be one of the East's most scenic and challenging resort golf courses. The natural contour of the course sweeps along the western shore of Lake Otsego. The mid holes climb to elevated fairways and tees that provide unforgettable views of the Lake and the adjoining grounds of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum . The18th hole may be the most exciting on the course - a 505-yard, par 5 with an island tee box on Lake Otsego. The hole "dog legs" to the left around the lake, and the green is located in front of The Otesaga’s veranda.

Glimmerglass Festival: The Glimmerglass Festival's Alice Busch Opera Theater opened in 1987 and is located on the shore of Otsego Lake, the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. The theater is on farmland donated by the late Glimmerglass Board Chairman Emeritus Tom Goodyear and his mother, Jeanette Bissell Goodyear.

Hyde Hall: Hyde Hall represents an extraordinary vision of nineteenth-century Anglo-American culture and the establishment of vast agricultural estates in the early years of the American republic. Built by George Clarke (1768-1835), the house is considered one of the finest examples of the neoclassical country house in the United States. Step back in time with a visit to Hyde Hall. Begin your tour with an introductory orientation in thier Visitors' Center located in the Carriage Barn. Explore the house under the guidance of a skilled interpreter and learn the history of five generations of the Clarke family to live in the house. Note furniture made by American craftsmen still in the rooms for which they were made almost 200 years ago. See firsthand their on going restoration process, and perhaps talk to a craftsman at work. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn as you take in the unspoiled view of Otsego Lake, the celebrated Glimmerglass of James Fenimore Cooper's famous Leatherstocking Tales. It is the same view that inspired George Clarke to choose this site for his country house nearly two hundred years ago.

Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History: The Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History is over 70 years old. The Museum is Chartered by the State of New York Department of Regents as a Museum of Science and Nature. Explore the lost world that the Devonian Sea left behind 300,000,000 years ago! See and Hear narrated exhibits prepared by Graduate Paleontologists and Geologists. Explore displays of flora and fauna (plants and animals) that lived during prehistoric times. Dig for the fossil remains of extinct life forms that swarmed over the earth 300,000,000 years ago, KEEP WHAT YOU FIND! Stroll down the nature path and enjoy the life-sized dinosaur replicas. Bring your camera and stay as long as you wish. Museum Season is May 15 - September 10.

Brewery Ommegang: In October of 1997, not far from the birthplace of baseball, ground was broken for what was to become America's most unique microbrewery. Based on traditional Belgian farmhouse architecture and set on a former hop farm in upstate New York, Brewery Ommegang was born with the philosophy that truly unique ales must be built from the ground up. Now brewing five award-winning Belgian-style ales and offering daily tours and tastings, plus a full calendar of special events, Brewery Ommegang is the place where brewing is an art and partaking is a passion.

Bear Pond Winery: 2515 St Hwy 28, Oneonta, NY 13820 - (607) 643-0294.

Cooperstown Aerial Tours: 268 Van Yahres Road - (607) 547-5105.

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