Summer in Cooperstown

Back in the day as a youngster, I was so excited to spend a day on Otsego Lake... We had a small ski boat that we plain 'ole wore out having so much fun! And we'd pass away hours swimming and hanging out on the dock fishing, but it was more about being near the water with good friends than catching anything... other than perhaps a suntan." 
- B. Miller

Otsego Lake

Cooperstown is located at the Southern end of Otsego Lake, near the mouth of the "Mighty" Susquehanna River. Most visitors to our town don't have time to experience all that the lake offers. Known as The Glimmerglass in James Fenimore Cooper's novels, the water is clean and crystal clear and has a cold-water fishery including trout, walleye, pike and salmon. Otsego offers some of the most rewarding fishing in the entire Northeast.

So uncrowded, there are summer days that you feel as if this is your own private lake... perfect for sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Swim, lounge on a float or get a workout jumping on a floating trampoline. Powerboats can be rented nearby and delivered to the docks at any of our lakefront retreats. Vacationing at any of our lakefront homes includes kayaks and a canoe, ready to use anytime.

Summertime Adventure

But there are other things to see and do in the warm months besides getting water-logged! Go-carts, bumper boats, miniature golf and a choice of batting ranges will keep the kids busy. The Clark Sports Center is located in town and features an incredible rock climbing facility, indoor pool, basketball courts, bowling... Your family can easily spend an entire day here! 


Baseball is Cooperstown's pride and joy, bringing thousands of fans and enthusiasts to our town every year! Cooperstown is a central hub for all things baseball. Explore 60,000 square feet of historic exhibits, activities and fun on the three floors of the hallowed Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, see wax figures of baseball heroes in historic settings at the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, play games and attend hall of fame events at the Doubleday Field, and watch or participate in youth baseball tournaments at Cooperstown Dreams Park and at Cooperstown All Star Village. Just walking around the village, you'll be swept up by the spirit of the game!

Culture and Shopping

Looking for a little culture? Nowhere else but in Cooperstown can you visit a world-class art museum, walk across the street and step into an authentic 1800's village and rural life museum, and then board a trolley for a 10-minute ride to attend one of the country's finest and most renowned operas at the Alice Busch Music Festival... all the while surrounded by vibrant green hillsides and farms.

Shopping, outdoor dining, farmers' markets, antiquing, hiking, biking, walking... You name it - you can do it in or around the Cooperstown area. 

Summer Events

Just a few of the wonderful events taking place in Cooperstown in the summertime. For much more, keep an eye on the comprehensive village events calendar.
  • Glimmerglass Festival - An internationally acclaimed summer-long opera festival, presenting both familiar and rarely performed operas in a magnificent setting overlooking Otsego Lake. Previews, meet-the-performers, tours, picnic meals on spacious lawns add to a "Night at the Opera." The 2017 program includes Porgy and Bess (July 7 - August 21), Oklahoma! (July 8 - August 22), Xerxes (July 15 - August 18) and The Siege of Calais (July 16 - August 19) 
  • Brewery Ommegang Summer Concerts - Every summer, Brewery Ommegang welcomes an all-star lineup of up-and-comers and well-known performers to its 136-acre farmstead brewery in Cooperstown for their annual Summer Concert Series.
  • Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series - Family-friendly entertainment every Tuesday in July and August at the historic bandstand in Lakefront Park. Free and open to the public.  Bringing a lawn chair and/or blanket is recommended, and dancing is strongly encouraged. 
  • Cooperstown Summer Music Festival - The festival brings top classical and jazz artists to perform in and around Cooperstown.


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