Cooperstown, New York – Home of American Baseball

Cooperstown, New York – Home of American Baseball

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Cooperstown is just 240 miles northeast from NYC and 80 miles west of Albany on the shores of the beautiful Otsego Lake.   A perfect weekend get away from the big city, Cooperstown, New York is where baseball fans come to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and if they’re lucky, catch a game at Doubleday Field.    But aside from baseball, there is a Farmer’s Museum, the Fenimore House Museum, and is home to the New York State Historical Association.  The Lake Otsego Resort (and two other courses) draws golfers from all over the region.   The Glimmerglass Festival (summer) has a world renowned opera season – who knew?   The Ommegang Brewery has some fine Belgian on tap and the Cooperstown distillery makes their own vodka, gin, rum and bourbon.  Or for railfans, there is the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.   And if all this isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the quaint downtown area has a packed arts season with music, galleries, festivals and concerts.   Let’s go!

Cooperstown Farmers Museum Harvest Festival Photo By Chris Evans via
Cooperstown Farmers Museum Harvest Festival
Photo By Chris Evans via

If you would like to consider a retirement in Cooperstown, here’s what we found:

Population:  The town has been settled since 1785 and now has 1,800+ residents.  And a whopping 26.9% are over the age of 65!

Weather:  Cold, very snowy winters are often found in Cooperstown with the temperatures in January dropping below 10 degrees F.  The summers are warm with July getting into the low 80’s.  They get 149 inches of rain every year and 85 inches of snow.  Wow.

Housing:   The housing prices average in the high $200K.  Home by the lake are significantly higher but we easily found this nice split level near the hospital for $289,000 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

$289K 3 bed/2ba on Zillow
$289K 3 bed/2ba on Zillow

Crime:   What crime?   Almost non-existent compared to New York and the rest of the US.

So if you aren’t fishing on the lake, hiking on one of the dozens of trails, checking out the art galleries or brewery, or catching a festival – there’s always baseball.     We loved Cooperstown!                      Photo By Chris Evans via

Zoom in and out on the map below to see Cooperstown and local attractions!


Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.