Corning

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Corning, New York



Known as America's Crystal City, Corning has long been at the forefront of all things glass, from innovative technology and science (think light bulbs for Thomas Edison, and modern wonders like fiber optics and Gorilla Glass) to the remarkable creations found at The Corning Museum of Glass, the world's largest museum of glass art and artifacts. But artisan glass is just one of the reasons Corning is so fun.

"One of America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.”

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Spend a little time on Corning’s Historic Market Street and you’ll soon understand why it was named “one of the Top 10 Great Streets of the Year” by the American Planning Association, and why Travel & Leisure named Centerway Square one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.”

That beauty is only part of the appeal, though. Corning’s Gaffer District—named after a gaffer or master glassblower—is home to over 100 boutique shops, art galleries, studios, as well as craft beverage producers, restaurants serving fabulous food, and two world-class museums. Spring and summer bring an energy and excitement to this charming small town that’s difficult to match!

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The Corning Museum of Glass

There are some experiences so incredible you can't wait to do it again. The Corning Museum of Glass is one of those places, offering a glimpse of more than 3,500 years of historic glass, daily live glassblowing shows, demonstrations by special guest artists from around the world and a chance to make your own glass. We're sure you'll be mesmerized by the largest collection of art glass in the world. Oh, and kids 17 and under get in free!

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Make Your Own Glass

One of the coolest, or hottest, things you can do while in Corning is make your very own glass masterpiece! With two hot shops offering a variety of hands-on experiences where you can create your own glass art, it's definitely an experience that you won't want to pass up.

The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass Hands-On Glass Studio

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The Rockwell Museum

Upstate New York's only Smithsonian Affiliate, The Rockwell Museum boasts a world-class collection of Western and contemporary Native American Art, and other exhibits focusing on "Art About America" as it continues to explore the people, land, and ideas that have shaped our country. And, while kids 17 and under get free admission to the museum every day, don't forget to take them to Kids Rockwell Art Lab.

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Kids Rockwell Art Lab

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Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

A collection of historic buildings – including a one-room schoolhouse, a working blacksmith shop, a one-room log cabin, and Corning's oldest building – the Patterson Inn and Tavern, Heritage Village offers more than a look into the past. You'll get the chance to immerse yourself in historic antiquity with workshops and special events throughout the year.

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After you've meandered through the amazing museums, don't forget to take a stroll down historic Market Street. There, you'll find a wide array of amazing places to eat, shop and just have fun! From fine dining to a slice of pizza, we're sure you'll find something! Maybe an ice cream cone after and then off to some axe throwing. Maybe a stop into Finger Lakes unique to pick up some local artisan gifts and then catch a movie at the theatre.

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No kids? Maybe a craft beer is on the menu! Stop in to Liquid Shoes Brewing or check out Iron Flamingo's Barrel House located on Market Street. These folks know how to brew a good beer!

More interested in cocktails? Check out The Cellar, Four Fights Distilling, or Hand and Foot for a great cocktail!

All delicious!

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Trip Idea: Crystal City Craft Beverage Tour

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Explore the Outdoors in Corning

Just 10 minutes from downtown, you can escape the hustle and bustle. With miles of great hiking paths, a beautiful pond and the pure serenity of nature, Spencer Crest Nature Center is meant for the outdoor enthusiast!

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