For any baseball fans out there, a trip to Cooperstown, New York should be in your future. My son LOVES baseball, so there was no better way to honor one of his favorite sports than with a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When we visited last summer, we started our day early and were there when the doors opened at 9 a.m. and were ready for everything baseball.
The museum was three floors, and we had begun on the second floor after we purchased our tickets. ($19.50 for adults & $7.00 for children) We enjoyed exhibits that honored the greats of baseball and history of the game. One of our favorite things was the Baseball Experience which was a presentation in the Grandstand Theater. My son also liked the Today’s Game exhibit which displayed artifacts from the major league teams of today.
The presentations continued on the third floor. The Records Room and the Baseball Cards exhibition was a hit with my son and nephew. On the first floor, I enjoyed the Baseball at the Movies, and the boys liked the Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse.
Going to the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery gave the kids an idea of the history that is behind the game that they play in Little League. When they looked in awe at the oversized statue of Babe Ruth and posed for their best swing, I could tell they realized that they had a connection to the greats of our nation’s favorite past time. Baseball is more than a sport; it connects generations.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame was so much fun because the boy both play the game and already had knowledge about many of the past players. We also enjoyed checking out the Main Street of Cooperstown too! There were many places to eat and several shops. We had no problem parking, but many patrons had to park at the Doubleday Field Parking lot and take a trolley. Upon entrance to the museum you will receive a hand stamp, so you can feed the meter if needed since parking is only two hours,
You can make your visit to Cooperstown a weekend trip. There are other attractions you might want to check out, like The Farmers’ Museum or Fenimore Art Museum. For a small town, there is a lot to do.
If you head to the home of Baseball, I hope you have as much fun as we did and your baseball fan imagines themselves in the “Field of Dreams.” After I publish this post, I am headed outside with my pink glove. My son is calling. It is time to PLAY BALL!