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When to go?
Just like the game that Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame commemorates, visiting Cooperstown is primarily a summer undertaking. Beginning in March, after the surrounding hills have thawed, visitors from around the world begin to arrive. Crowds on weekends in June, July and August approach 50,000 per day in a town of only 2,400 permanent residents. The Hall of Fame opens daily at 9 a.m., but from Labor Day to Memorial Day (September-May) closes at 5 p.m., instead of 9 p.m. in the summer. Visit Cooperstown and the Hall in the spring or autumn when the natural beauty of upstate New York is at its height and the crowds aren't standing-room-only.

Where to stay?
Just like the game that Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame commemorates, the town itself is thick with nostalgia. You will find almost no chain stores of any sort, a happy result of which is that Cooperstown has some beautiful hotels, motels, inns and dozens of B&Bs of all styles. Each bed and breakfast in and around Cooperstown has its own character ranging from quaint and rustic to opulent and elegant. Often proprietors will try to take advantage of travelers' expectations of inflated rates and mark up their rates beyond what is warranted, so be sure to investigate your accommodations carefully before you reserve.

What to do?
Just like the game that Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame commemorates, people visit Cooperstown for a genuine, American experience. The Hall boasts over 30,000 exhibits showcasing the entire history of the game, from its creation in the 19th century, to the dead ball era, the black sox, the Negro leagues and the All-American Girls Baseball League. Names like Stengel, Stargell and Speaker, Babe, Ty, Dizzy and Cy will send chills of childhood from your cracker jacks to your cleats. Outside the doors of the Hall, you will find more memorabilia for sale or trade than you can wave a pennant at. On busy summer weekends, parking is a nuisance. Park at one of the trolley stops along the roads on the way into town and root for the home team with all the other fans of America's Pastime.


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