The Fenimore Art Museum
Overlooking Otsego Lake, the Fenimore Art Museum collection includes hundreds of American landscapes, folk art and decorative artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries. It also houses a large collection from James Fenimore Cooper, the museum's namesake.
The newest addition to the museum is the American Indian Wing. Completed in 1995, the wing has more than 750 pieces of American Indian art from across North America.
Visitors to the Farmers' Museum will see rural life in the 19th century come to life in exhibits and demonstrations of domestic and agricultural tools. Its three sections, the Main Barn, the 1845 Village, and the Lippitt Farmstead, demonstrate the interdependence among trades, agriculture and village life.
Glimmerglass Opera House
Opening in 1975, the Glimmerglass Opera House boasts a repertoire of familiar and rarely performed works. The company draws professional opera singers from around the world to the picturesque surroundings. La Bohème, Rigoletto and Salome are among this summer's offerings.
Built on the site of an old hops farm, Ommegang Brewery brings Belgian brewing methods to Cooperstown. The brewery produces and bottles three different beers. Tours of the facilities are available and conclude with a beer tasting. Chocolate, cheeses and other foods imported from Belgium are available in the brewery's gift shop.
Located 156 feet below the Earth's surface, the Howe Caverns were carved by an underground river over the course of 6 million years. Today, visitors take man-made staircases through narrow passageways that can climb 75 feet. Guided tours include examples of stalagmites formed over thousands of years and a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus.
Fly Creek Cider Mill
Built in 1856, the Fly Creek Cider Mill was use to press apples from the surrounding orchards. The vintage equipment has been restored to working order, and today visitors can sample cider drawn from the water-powered press. The country gift shop serves treats like cider floats, fresh apple pie and fresh sweet cider, made from local produce.
Classic Car Museum
The Classic Car Museum is home to dozens of antique automobiles including a 1915 Franklin fire chief's car, a 1932 Ford Woody and a 1948 Victoria Convertible. Laid out in six exhibits, the museum houses examples of the first experiments in electric and steam-powered automobiles from the 1910s and 20s.
Cranks from Cooperstown
If two-wheeled vehicles are more your interest, Cranks from Cooperstown, written by local resident Dr. Dennis Savoie, details 50 bike rides through the river valleys around Cooperstown. The book also contains general biking information on safety, riding and equipment.
For other attractions in and around Cooperstown, try The Ultimate Cooperstown Area Guide. It has lists of baseball and non-baseball-related activities in the area. It also has references and links to hotels and restaurants.
The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce has lists of area attractions as well as information about town history, local campgrounds, medical and dental services and places of worship.