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The Farmers' Museum®, Cooperstown, New York
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We visited The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown for the first time with our two year old daughter in March 2013 during a Sugaring Off Sunday (held every Sunday in the month of March). This event is part of the Maple Weekend celebration that occurs state-wide this time of year. Although we were aware that most exhibits would remain closed until April, the museum did not disappoint. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast was included in the cost of our admission, but we waited until the end of our visit to go. Instead, we visited the Empire State Carousel, which our daughter loved, and then we watched the outdoor maple sugaring demonstration over an open fire and sampled the maple sugar at various stages in the cooking process. After that, we visited the blacksmith and candlestick maker and went to the barns to see the sheep, cows, horses, and chickens. Finally, we enjoyed our pancake breakfast in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the dining room and visited the museum store on our way out. Our daughter didn't want to leave!
Tips for Families
The museum consists of many small buildings, so you're going to be outdoors quite a bit. Choose a clear day if you can. The trails are very wet and muddy in the Spring, so be sure to wear good sneakers or, preferably, waterproof boots with a good tread. The mud can be very slippery. Due to the conditions of the paths, this event was not stroller-friendly (not a problem for us as our daughter would rather walk). If you're planning on buying maple products that are sold in the dining room during the pancake breakfast, be aware that the vendor accepts cash only. The staff is extremely friendly - don't hesitate to ask them if you have any questions. If you're planning on visiting the Fenimore or other Cooperstown attractions, ask the admissions staff if discount tickets are available for the same day. Finally, check the website for children's camps and lots of family-friendly events held at the museum year round.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
If you want to splurge, you cannot beat the Otesaga Resort Hotel on the same street as the museum.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
Check out the cafe at the Ommegang Brewery for Belgian-inspired crepes and fries. Be aware that as of this posting, there were no diaper changing stations in the restrooms.
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