Otsego County is well known for the Baseball Hall of Fame but there are also a lot of other things to do while you're visiting. At the Oneonta Sports Park they have batting cages, mini golf, a driving range, and even disk golf. "We've got everything from a driving range to our eighteen hole miniature golf," Owner Don LIcari said. "We've got a new eighteen hole disk golf course out in the back along with a nine hole pitch and chip, little golf course."
If mini golf is more your speed, they also have an eighteen hole course."We love it, we think it's a lot of fun. It's nice and quiet, and it's just really nice out here." They offer a special where you can have unlimited play on all their attractions for two hours for just ten
dollars. It's definitely worth the drive.
And just up the road is the Amish Barn Company, which not only
has beautifully hand crafted Amish barns, sheds, and larger buildings, but they also have a large gift shop that's been voted the best of the best for years. "Well there's lots of reasons to stop at Amish Barn Company," Owner Gail White said. "We of course still have our gift shop inside which grows bigger every year, which is fun too. There's things for kids to look at and play with, including our big chair that you see in the background."
At the Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Conservatory, there are over thirty-five different species of birds alone. They also have reptiles, amphibians, insects, you name it. They even have these stick bugs that look a little bit like scorpions. The conservatory is a one of a kind facility where you can see and walk around tropical, free flying butterflies and birds from around the world. It's also home to tropical plants, tortoises, lizards, frogs and more. It's a fun and educational experience for the entire family, and there's something new to discover
behind every leaf. It's open year round, rain or shine, but the butterflies are most active on warm, sunny days.
Otsego County is home to the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley railroad, where you can ride into history and see beautiful scenery. The railroad is celebrating it's one hundred and forty-seventh anniversary, and has special events planned throughout the summer.
"We have our train robberies which start on Saturday, July fifth, and they go every other weekend, every other Saturday through the end of the summer," President of the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad Bruce Hodges said. "We're in full swing with our Cooperstown Blues express trains, they're every Saturday night at seven o' clock. We have great bands from all over the northeast
performing on the train here, out in the open car, which is nice. And we have a full bar car for folks to enjoy. On the first Saturday in August we have our rail fan day, which is our big day to celebrate trains, we'll have all kinds of special exhibits, special trains running, we'll get our big crane out so people can see that running, and a lot of the maintenance equipment that we don't normally have out for the public we'll have all that out for folks to see." There are also a number of exhibits and displays on railroad history. And if you're a real locomotive buff you can always participate in the guest engineer program.