ESCAPE WITH EXECUTIVE
Volume 1, Issue 1
April 14, 2015
COOPERSTOWN, NY—After one of the coldest winters in recorded history, spring has finally made its way to Pennsylvania. Nearly everyone is basking in the warmer sunshine, longer days, green grass, and blossoming trees. Those warm temperatures and green grass mean only thing…that “the boys of summer” are back in town. That’s right, America’s Pastime has returned. It’s time for baseball! The cracks of the bats can be heard across the nation as hand-sewn baseballs fly high to the outfield. The 2015 baseball season is now underway. Who will survive to make it to the big dance in October? Who knows, but one thing for sure is that each season is history in the making.
And when it comes to baseball history, there is no place more steeped in baseball’s past and legacy than Cooperstown, New York—the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Opened in June of 1939, the Hall of Fame has become the official home of baseball and serves as the cornerstone in telling the story of the game’s past, present, and future.
Don’t let the word “museum” scare you. Often times when on hears the world “museum”, it conjures up childhood images of dimly-lit, musty rooms full of static displays and packed shelves. But that’s certainly not the case at the Baseball Hall of Farm and Museum. While steeped in tradition and legacy, the museum is a modern, 21st Century repository full of interactive displays and exhibits for children, parents, grandparents, and everyone in between. If you’re young or just young at heart, you’ll enjoy the museum at Cooperstown.
You’ll be surrounded by names of baseball greats like Wagner, Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Robinson, Aaron, and Mays. Stories, photographs, game relics, and personal effects from the 310 elected members of the HOF adorn the walls, exhibit halls, and display areas of the museum. From Ty Cobb’s game-worn glove to Derek Jeter’s game-worn hat on the night of his retirement in 2014, you’ll be continually amazed at the items and stories around every corner.
In addition, the museum is a repository of an unprecedented photographic and artifact archive spanning the ages. It is their mission to preserve baseball’s heritage for the next generation.
(If you want to take your visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum a step further, visit during Hall of Fame Weekend held each summer. Become part of the action as you witness the induction of the Hall’s newest members. The Hall of Fame Weekend is chock full of family-friendly, unforgettable experiences. Call the museum for information about the 2016 Induction Weekend.)
After enjoying the museum, your group will undoubtedly be hungry for some good home cooking. Take a short walk from the museum to Main Street. There you’ll find a smattering of unique shops and restaurants in the quaint downtown district. Relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner and reminisce about the day’s events before heading home.
The collection is vast and the stories are endless. The museum is a “home run” destination for anyone who enjoys watching, participating, or following America’s Pastime. For more information about the museum, visit their website at www.baseballhall.org.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
1. Must have 20 people to qualify for a group discount. Group admission to the museum is $21.00 for adults (ages 19-64) and $13.50 for seniors (ages 65+)
2. Museum is open year round, 7 days a week. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. They have extended operating hours in the summer
3. Don’t forget your camera! Photography and videography are allowed inside the Museum. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
4. Wear comfortable shoes. For those with mobility issues, the museum itself is handicap accessible and can provide a wheelchair (free-of-charge) to anyone who needs assistance during their visit.
5. Arrive early. Whether you go during the year or during the Hall of Fame Weekend, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to wander the property and explore downtown Cooperstown.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
888-HALL-OF-FAME (toll free)
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