Top 12 Best Things to Do in Corning, New York

Activities & Attractions in Corning

Rockwell Museum of Western Art by twice25 via Wikipedia cc

Bucket List: Top 12 Best things to see and do in Corning, New York, USA

Visiting Corning is a worthwhile trip offering a variety of activities, from exciting sports to experiencing glass making. In addition, there are loads of best things to do in Corning, New York, like dining at famous local restaurants and tasting local beers and wines.

So to know more about America’s Crystal City, here are the 12 best things to do in Corning, New York.

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass photo via Pixabay
Corning Museum of Glass photo via Pixabay

Whether you’re into arts or not, visiting the Corning Museum of Glass is a whole new experience. Established in 1951, the museum features over 50,000 collections of glassworks dating from 3,5000 years ago. They also showcase live glassmaking and a GlassLab dedicated to helping artists create new glassworks.

Corning Ice Rink

Ice Rink
Ice Rink

If you’re traveling with kids, they will surely love Corning Ice Rink. This activity is ideal for families or couple dates for ice skating is a challenging sport that everyone will enjoy.  In addition, this might be a unique experience for some and maybe one of their bucket lists.

Keuka Lake

Wakeboarding at Keuka Lake by Alex via Wikimedia cc
Wakeboarding at Keuka Lake By Alex – originally posted to Flickr as Wakeboarding, CC BY 2.0, cc

For a more laid-back vacation, stay at one of the most recommended places in Corning at Keuka Lake. They offer 2 log homes with a scenic 170-foot lake view, wide lawn, swim raft, boat launch, and boat lift. It is also close to wineries and other tourist spots.

The Rockwell Museum

Rockwell Museum of Western Art by twice25 via Wikipedia cc
Rockwell Museum of Western Art by twice25., CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

The Rockwell Museum, located in downtown Corning, is a must-visit place for art enthusiasts and features western art and contemporary Native American artifacts. Established in 1976, the museum was the first of its kind in New York State, with its best collection, including the glass collection of Frederick Carder and the bronze sculpture by Deborah Butterfield.

Crystal Lanes

Bowling
Bowling

A great place to spend some time with family or friends, Crystal Lanes, is a bowling alley with 32 lanes. It also has a snack bar, lounge, and one of the best bowling centers in America. Established in 1958, they now host seasonal tournaments and parties.

West End Gallery

West End Gallery Corning photo via FB Page
West End Gallery Corning photo via FB Page

Another must-see for art enthusiasts, West End Gallery, features interesting and wonderful local arts. Established in 1977, the gallery showcases over 50 notable artists, including GC Myers, Tom Gardner, and Thomas S. Buechner. Some of the works exhibited in the gallery are acrylic, oil, ceramic, watercolor, wood, glass, and bronze.

Iron Flamingo Brewery

Iron Flamingo Brewery Corning
Iron Flamingo Brewery Corning

To taste the best and finest brewed craft beers in town, Iron Flamingo Brewery is the place to go. The family-operated business has been in the industry for over 25 years dating back from the grandfather’s owners. Their barrel house is open to serve the community with a selection of locally brewed craft beer.

Hands-On Glass Studio

Hands-On Glass Studio photo via Facebook Page
Hands-On Glass Studio photo via Facebook Page

Since Corning is known for glassworks, there is no better place to experience glassmaking than on Hands-On Glass Studio. The facility offers a unique experience for visitors, allowing ages 2 years old and above to create their forms and ornament through blowing techniques.

Dippity Do Dahs

Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream photo via Facebook Page
Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream photo via Facebook Page

Serving the best homemade ice cream in Corning at Market Street, Dippity Do Dahs is a must-stop when in town. The ice cream parlor has over 16 creamy flavors served in a waffle cone or packed in pints.

The Cellar

The Cellar Corning photo via FB Page
The Cellar Corning photo via FB Page

If searching for a restaurant offering a fine dining experience, head to The Cellar. They serve quality foods from New York Meat Board and appetizers to chicken and waffles. Also, The Cellar offers casual dining on their bar lounge, serving local to world-class wines.

Hand + Foot

Hand and Foot Corning
Hand and Foot Corning

A charming local spot with great ambiance, Hand + Foot is another must-try restaurant in Corning. The Restaurant serves well-crafted meals with its diverse menu, including eclectic drink collections. They also have a kid’s menu, gluten-free options, and a wide variety of sandwich options.

Sorge’s Restaurant

Sorge's Restaurant Corning photo via FB Page
Sorge’s Restaurant Corning photo via FB Page

Sorge’s Restaurant is another must-stop for diners coming and passing by Corning. The Restaurant serves phenomenal home-cooked authentic Italian meals, including pasta, lasagna, deli sandwiches, and children’s meals. Also, Sorge’s Restaurant has buffet meals during Sunday’s lunch and dinner.

References

  • (2021), 9 Best Things to Do in Corning, New York, Vacation Idea
  • (2021), VISIT CORNING NY: THINGS TO DO, RESTAURANTS TO ENJOY, AND WHERE TO STAY, Sometimes Home
  • Veidehi, (2021), 13 Best Things To Do In Corning, New York – Updated 2021. Trip 101

Our Top Hotel Picks for Corning, NY

  • Hilton Garden Inn Corning Downtown [check rates and availability] – On a street with restaurants and bars, this informal hotel is 6 minutes walk from the Corning Museum of Glass, 15 minutes walk from downtown and a mile from I-86.
  • Radisson Hotel Corning [check rates and availability] – This modern hotel is a 16-minute walk from the Corning Museum of Glass, 6 minutes on foot from shops and restaurants along Market Street, and 10 miles from Elmira–Corning Regional Airport.
  • Staybridge Suites Corning, an IHG Hotel [check rates and availability] – In the southern portion of New York’s Finger Lakes region, this casual extended-stay hotel is 0.4 miles from the Corning Museum of Glass, 6 miles from the Erwin Hollow State Forest, and 7 miles from the Chemung Canal.

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