It is true that any baseball fan should make it a point to visit Cooperstown, New York. After all, Cooperstown is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Nonetheless, the town also caters to visitors who are not really big baseball fans. It has a good number of restaurants, museums, theaters, golf courses and even beer breweries. The town was named after its founder Judge William Cooper, the father of James Fenimore Cooper who authored The Last of the Mohicans.
Some baseball fans trace the roots of the game to Cooperstown. Thus, it is but fitting those baseball artifacts is stored in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In this famous museum, baseball fans can pay homage to the sport and its legends. It features baseball-themed artwork and films and showcases star players like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio in the Hall of Fame.
There are also other noteworthy museums. The Farmer’s Museum, which overlooks Otsego Lake, stands on the actual site of the old farm that was once home to the founder James Fenimore Cooper. In the museum, visitors can see replicas of 19th century buildings including the barn, creamery and herdsman cottage. The Fenimore Art Museum is also worth a visit. Its repertoire includes 19th century paintings, American Folk Art, Native American arts and crafts and American photography.
In the Brewery Ommegang in the Susquehanna Valley, visitors can enjoy award-winning Belgian beers. Summer is a good time to go to the brewery, as beer manufacturers organize a beer-tasting celebration, accompanied by live music and a bonfire, known as the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event. The town also boasts of the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake. Every year, the renowned Glimmerglass Opera Company hosts the second largest summer opera festival in the USA. Cooperstown also offers the Barnyard Swing, a farm-themed and 18-hole miniature golf course that is perfect for the whole family.