Planning a Trip
Off on its own, Cooperstown is easiest to get to by car. From the New York State Thruway, take exit 30 at Herkimer and go south on State Highway 28 or State Highway 80 -- both will take you to Cooperstown. By bus, Trailways (tel. 800/776-7548; www.trailwaysny.com) provides service between Cooperstown and other towns both big and small. The closest airport, Albany International Airport (tel. 518/242-2200; www.albanyairport.com), is about 75 miles east.
The helpful Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, 31 Chestnut St. (tel. 607/547-9983; www.cooperstownchamber.org), is open daily May through October from 9am to 5pm; from November to April, it's open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. To receive brochures and other promo stuff, call Cooperstown New York Getaway (tel. 888/875-2969).
With thousands of people converging on Cooperstown during the summer, you're best off leaving your car outside town and taking the trolley (unless you're staying in town, of course). Look for the blue PARK AND TAKE THE TROLLEY signs as you approach Cooperstown. Parking is free in the outer lots, in the following locations: off Route 28 just south of Cooperstown (traveling north from Oneonta); off Route 28 (Glen Ave.) at Maple Street (traveling south on Rte. 28 from Rte. 20); on Route 80 at the upper parking lot of Fenimore House Museum (traveling south on Rte. 80 from Rte. 20). An unlimited daily trolley pass is $3 for adults, $1 for kids. The trolley stops at the museums, Main Street shopping, and other points of interest. From Memorial Day to the last week in June, it runs weekends only, from 8:30am to 9pm; from the last week in June to Labor Day, it runs daily from 8:30am to 9pm; from Labor Day to Columbus Day, weekends only, from 8:30am to 9pm.