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Cooperstown, NY revisited

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The Cooperstown, NY area is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and many other historic sites, museums, shopping areas, beverage trail, and nearby recreational activities. Here's a sampling of what you can find in the Cooperstown area.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – located at 25 Main St., the Baseball Hall takes visitors through a history of baseball - stateside and international, ballparks past and present, women in the game, and the greatest players ever to play. With three stories and more than 38,000 pieces of memorabilia in its collection, a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame is as important to a fan as a trip to his or her favorite team's stadium.

Fenimore Art Museum - 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown. Features a premier collection of American folk and Indian art, with formal gardens overlooking Otsego Lake.

Hyde Hall State Historic Site - 1527 County Highway 31 in Cooperstown. An 1800s 50-room mansion that is a New York State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark.

Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum – located at 99 Main St., the museum features true-to-life wax models of past players, complete with historic backgrounds. The Wax Museum also offers fans the opportunity to take a swing in the virtual reality batting cages.

Glimmerglass Opera - 7300 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown. A renowned summer opera series performed overlooking Otsego Lake.

Antiquing - Otsego County features more than 50 antique shops to peruse for that perfect piece.

Cooperstown Bat Company – the company’s retail store, at 118 Main St., opened in 1995, following the company's start in 1981 in the owner's home. The company creates custom bats as well as collectible bats and displays. The factory, located at 3152 County Route 11 in nearby Hartwick, offers bat turning demonstrations from June through August, Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Beverage Trail - four establishments producing world-class beverages: Fly Creek Cider Mill, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, and Bear Pond Winery.

Doubleday Field – located two blocks from the Baseball Hall at One Doubleday Ct., Doubleday Field seating capacity over 9,000. The stadium averages over 300 games each year, including the Father's Day weekend Hall of Fame Classic. A throwback to the old days of baseball, Doubleday Field has no concession stands, bleacher seating throughout, and no lights. The stadium is available to rent for games through application to the Village of Cooperstown (607-547-2411).

Golf - from one of the nation's oldest courses (Otsego Golf Club, built in 1894) to scenic championship courses (the par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course), the courses in Otsego County are both challenging and breathtaking.

Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory - 5802 State Highway 7 in Oneonta. Home to hundreds of live butterflies and exotic plants.

Where It All Began Bat Company – the factory and store are located in Cooperstown (87 Main St.); autographed bats and baseballs are available through the company.

For more information on the Cooperstown area, visit the website www.thisiscooperstown.com.

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