According to myth, baseball was invented in Cooperstown, New York by Abner Doubleday. Though that fallacy has been disproved, it hasn't stopped the small town from embracing the sport, and becoming a legitimate mecca for baseball fans worldwide.
Cooperstown is the home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum, complete with revolving exhibits and game relics can take the "ho-hum" fan more than two days to properly view. The die-hard types could spend weeks reading, viewing and partaking in everything the museum has to offer. Highlights of the three story building include the "Plaque Gallery" (massive hallway containing plaques of every enshrined member) and the "Sacred Grounds" exhibit (highlighting famous ballparks throughout history).
Just being around Cooperstown brings you back to a different era - to a time when the game was played for fun, and money was less of a factor. You feel as if Joltin' Joe DiMaggio or Hammerin' Hank Aaron might pass you on the street as you peruse the numerous gift and memorabilia shops. Inside these quaint shops lie treasures many collectors have trouble finding even on the internet. These shops are the type of places you find that missing baseball card to complete your collection, or a signed ball from a player you remember watching as a kid.
Besides the shops and the Hall of Fame, visitors can experience live game action at either Doubleday Field or Cooperstown Dreams Park. During the Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend ceremony (a time when the visiting population to Cooperstown skyrockets), the old-timers will suit up and play a game at Doubleday, which is always fun to watch. Youth baseball is played throughout the summer at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
If you don't end up seeing legends of the game live and in person, you can check out a suitable alternative at the Cooperstown Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. Over 30 life-size wax replicas of legendary players like Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth live inside. These offer many great photo opportunities, as the accuracy of the carvings are impeccable.
If time permits, the Cooperstown Bat Company is a cool place to check out. You can tour the facility, getting a first hand look at how wooden bats are crafted. You can even get your kid (or yourself) a custom bat made, complete with name, choice of color and other customizable details.
For baseball fans young and old, Cooperstown is a must-visit. The town lives and breathes baseball, and will warm the hearts and minds of every soul that loves the game. Seeing a jersey Babe Ruth actually wore, reading about Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier and taking a picture with Lou Gehrig (wax sculpture) are all events that can happen only in the enchanted Cooperstown.