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For other places with the same name, see Cooperstown (disambiguation).
Main Gallery, National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, in Central New York, is known best for its role as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The villagers believe that Abner Doubleday invented baseball on a cow pasture within the village in 1839. (The actual origins of baseball are uncertain but surely date back earlier.)

Cooperstown is also known for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival which is the finest of its kind in Upstate New York and even beats the only permanent opera company in this area, Syracuse Opera.

Get in

No Amtrak trains stop in Cooperstown, as the nearest stops are in Amsterdam and Utica. However, the town is served by direct Greyhound/Trailways bus routes.

  • Greyhound. Buses stop at Cooperstown's AAA Motor Club at 72 Elm St, a few blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Doubleday Field. From New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, the ride takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes and costs (as of June 2009) $49.25 one-way or $98.50 round-trip.

Get around


Fenimore Art Museum


Alice Busch Opera Theater
  • Glimmerglass Opera Festival (Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 State Rte 80, all the way up the lake). July & August. 3 opera productions, 1 classical Broadway musical plus countless additional events. The intimate theater offers 914 seats, almost all of them providing excellent view onto the stage. Enjoy the luxury of a real orchestra (which isn't understood in an opera in Upstate). Throw on your nicest attire and don't forget to bring a light blanket, since the theater has neither AC nor heating.


First National Bank Building



  • Cooley's Stone House Tavern, 49 Pioneer St, Cooperstown, NY 13326, +1 607 544-1311. Pub with Irish flair.


The Inn at Cooperstown

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Routes through Cooperstown
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