5 Ways to get Outdoors and Enjoy the Summer in Cooperstown

Summer is finally here and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and explore the beauty of Cooperstown. From hiking and biking to swimming and kayaking, there is plenty to keep you active! Discover these five ways to get outdoors and enjoy the summer in Cooperstown.

Spend the day at Otsego Lake

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The blue waters of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown.

Glimmerglass State Park rests just eight miles outside of Cooperstown, overlooking Otsego Lake. There are trails available for day hiking, sandy beaches for a relaxing afternoon, and beautiful views all around you. A favorite spot to visit is Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake. This 100-year-old garden offers a place for hiking, paddling, and beautiful scenery.

Another fun way to explore Otsego Lake is with the Glimmerglass Queen Boat Tour. Enjoy a one-hour narrated tour around Otsego Lake while sipping on your favorite beverage from the bar. Tickets go on sale for each cruise 15 minutes prior to departure, so reservations are not necessary for normal tour times.

Get out on the water

Cool off this summer and get out on the water with activities such as kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding. Need a kayak or a canoe? Visit one of Cooperstown’s local outfitters at Canoe and Kayak Rentals, offering three locations, one of which is just two miles from The Inn at Cooperstown at Brookwood Point. Or visit them at Glimmerglass State Park for rentals.


Or stick to dry land and hit the trails with a hike in Cooperstown. Hike through forests, historic sites, over rolling hills, and around picture-perfect lakes. A favorite trail to experience is the Clark Tower Trail. The 3.5-mile trail offers minimal elevation gain, making this an easy hike the entire family can enjoy. But you can find your favorite with 26 different trails in Otsego County to choose from.

Play golf

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Play a round or two of golf at one of several golf courses in and near Cooperstown. Our golf courses offer exceptional links, green grounds, and stunning vista views. Both Leatherstocking and Otsego golf courses are open to the public. Find the course that’s right for you and start planning your round of golf.


Biking in Cooperstown is a popular summer activity. From road biking to mountain biking, there is a path for everyone! Mountain bikers will love the rolling hills and road cyclists will enjoy the winding country roads. A popular ride right here in Cooperstown is the Otsego Lake ride. The moderate 22-mile route is a scenic loop around Otsego Lake where you pass by many of the area’s notable landmarks such as the Fenimore Art Museum and the Glimmerglass Festival.

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When you stay at The Inn at Cooperstown, guests get direct access to our Big Ring Bicycle Clubhouse here at the inn. Our clubhouse is outfitted with all the amenities a cyclist would need, including secure storage, a maintenance stand, a tire pump, and more. After your ride, be sure to come by the clubhouse for a cold beer or sports drink from our stocked fridge. It’s a great way to spend a day in Cooperstown.

Stay at The Inn at Cooperstown

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The Inn at Cooperstown.

Enjoy the best of summer in Cooperstown when you stay at The Inn at Cooperstown. Our historic bed and breakfast is located in the heart of town and is minutes away from downtown and Otsego Lake.

The front porch is the idyllic place to enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you relax on one of our rocking chairs, enjoying those warm summer evenings. Retreat to your well-appointed room for the night and enjoy the luxurious amenities and comfortable surroundings that await you.

We look forward to having you here at The Inn at Cooperstown!