Come see a professional, Class A, NY-Penn League, in intimate setting of Damaschke Field, 30 minutes from Cooperstown. Evening games, mid-June through Labor Day weekend.
The birthplace of baseball has been established as Cooperstown, New York, where folklore has it that Abner Doubleday chased the cows out of Elihu Phinney's pasture on an afternoon in 1839 and had the inspiration to invent a game that quickly became our national pastime. The National Baseball Hall of Fame, dedicated 100 years later, stands as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame online for more information.
Step back into the 19th century at The Farmers' Museum. Explore an 1845 village and visit with printers, shopkeepers and blacksmiths. See working animals at the Lippitt Farm. Fascinating new exhibits highlight classic quilts, weather vanes, New York stoneware and wallpaper printing. Visit the Farmer's Museum online for more information.
The cavern was discovered and explored by a Schoharie Valley farmer in 1842. Lester Howe wondered why his cows stood out in the hot sun near some bushes instead of under his shade trees. Upon investigation he discovered cool air blowing up out of a cave entrance behind the bushes. After thorough exploration, he opened his cavern to the public and it was soon heralded as a tourist attraction second only to Niagara Falls.
Glimmerglass Opera, an internationally acclaimed music/theater festival, features innovative productions of both familiar and rarely performed works. Operas appear in repertory July through August at the 900-seat Alice Busch Opera Theater, located just north of Cooperstown on Lake Otsego. Evenings and matinees.