National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown

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A center for the study of the history of American baseball, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is often called Cooperstown. The museum was founded by a hotel owner, Stephen Carlton Clark, who wanted to attract tourists to the city after the Great Depression. Today the attraction is a hub of education about American history in sports and culture. Take a look at our Cooperstown trip itinerary maker site to schedule your visit to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I have no interest at all in sports, least of all baseball, which has always struck me as bizarre and unnecessary. Yet, this is my second visit to this place and I just love it. Why? Simply' it is the...  more »
  • Visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum many years after first visit when I was a child with my family. Much more appreciated through adult eyes and broader experience as a baseball fan. But ther...  more »
  • Our first visit as a family (3 generations) was Induction Weekend. Though it was CRAZY busy, it was an amazing event. Having extended hours allowed our group to visit both early in the morning and lat...  more »
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  • Such a cool place! They give out free tickets for those who served in any branch of the military as well as teach you so much baseball history with such friendly and passionate staff who work here! They also have many amazing gifts you can buy at the gift shop when you are done.
  • Checked off one of my bucket list items - was a terrific day to spend at the museum and the town itself is nice to walk through. There are plenty of amenities in the area. I parked in one of the remote lots with my 24' RV and walked to the location, although, there is a free trolley available as well. Loved taking time to read through much of the history and listening in to the reps who talked about the inductees.
  • Any serious baseball fan knows this is essentially a must at some point in their life. Totally worth the reputation as the people who work here love baseball as much as anybody could. I especially love how the hall documents so much of the diversity of the game and how it has evolved through history. If you're planning a trip I recommend preparing by watching Ken Burns baseball documentary series of you haven't already.
  • You'll walk out knowing dozens of cool facts you never knew before about the great American pastime. I definitely didn't expect a lifesize San Diego Chicken costume, for instance! A vital pilgrimage to make for any fan.
  • Exceeded my expectations. Go after 3 o'clock when the kids have left. They stay open until 9 and your ticket is good all day. It's kind of dark so it would be nice if there was a little more light.

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Where to stay in Cooperstown

Inns and bed and breakfasts downtown offer rooms in historical buildings, while major hotel chains offer cozy versions of their facilities with all the expected amenities. The area's major attractions are concentrated downtown, so lodging in this area puts everything within walking distance. Nearby, you'll find nature areas with campgrounds and more isolated lodgings, just a short train or bus ride away.
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