Art and Fossils
Cooperstown doesn't have to be all baseball, all the time. For a change of pace, check out these other family attractions:
- The Farmers' Museum. At this recreated 1845 historic village, complete with vintage buildings relocated from Central New York towns, you can watch blacksmithing and other 19th-century crafts, and see live animals in their pastures. On the town green, a museum interpreter leads kids in old-fashioned games such as hoops (hitting big hoops with sticks). Stop at the snack bar for the best hot dogs in town.
- Fenimore Art Museum. Located across from the Farmer's Museum, this art museum includes one of the best collections of American Indian art in the country. In the second floor education room, kids can beat Indian drums and play with a dollhouse-sized tepee. Or, they can walk through a life-sized tepee on the museum's front lawn.
- The Petrified Museum of Natural History. This a real excavation site, where your kids can dig for fossils to take home (more than 40 different kinds of fossils have been found at this site, once under the ancient Devonian Sea). A nature trail features life-sized dinosaur statues and exhibits about extinct flora and fauna.
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