If you are a baseball fan, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is a must-see attraction. The museum is dedicated to baseball history, folklore, and legends, honoring the best players of the game since its inception. Here's how to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and make the most out of your visit:
- Choose the right time of year to visit. Like most other family-friendly attractions, the Hall of Fame is most crowded during the summer. It is particularly busy during the induction ceremony in late July. According to many, Cooperstown is at its best in early fall, when you'll be able to enjoy the Hall of Fame all to yourself, without standing elbow-to-elbow with hundreds of other fans.
- Consider becoming a member. If you and your family are huge baseball fans, and especially if you live in the Cooperstown area, consider becoming a member of the museum. The membership includes free admission and other exclusive perks. If you only plan on going once, and you live a long way away from the museum, it may not be worth it to buy your family a membership.
- Plan accommodations. Before you leave for Cooperstown, plan your accommodations, including hotel reservations. The closest airport is Albany International Airport. There are plenty of hotels located in Cooperstown; after all, thousands of visitors come to the Museum each year.
- Go during open hours. This is a given no matter what museum you're visiting. The National Baseball Hall of Fame is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. During the summer, the Hall of Fame usually offers extended evening hours, so you'll get more out of your day at the museum if you plan to visit during this season.
- Allow for plenty of time. The Baseball Hall of Fame is not something you'll want to rush through in an afternoon. Most people plan for several days to visit the museum. You may also want to leave time to visit the rest of Cooperstown, including shopping and batting cages.
- Learn about the attractions. You can look at all the attractions on the Hall of Fame website, or wait until you get there, where plenty of brochures are available. The museum houses information about all of the Baseball Hall of Fame members as well as memorable moments of baseball history, including over 8,000 baseball artifacts.
If you're passionate about this sport, don't miss the Baseball Hall of Fame whenever you have the opportunity. This should be a "must see" attraction for everyone who loves baseball.