New York Attractions June 15, 2018
The One Small Town In New York That You Need To Cross Off Your Bucket List
Smithsonian unveiled their latest list, showcasing twenty different small towns in America that everyone should make a point to visit in 2018. Situated just below the heart of the Finger Lakes, New York’s very own small town of Corning was one of the select destinations to be recognized by the publication. Acknowledging all of its charm and briefly touching on its glory, find out why we couldn’t agree more that you should make a point to visit this area of Steuben County.
Home to roughly 6,000 residents, the small town of Corning sits along the Chemung River just below our Finger Lakes.
The small town oozes with character everywhere you look, a unique destination that stands out amongst others.
Corning's downtown area is a whimsical area that's been greatly developed yet still maintains so much of its historic ambiance.
In Corning's Riverfront Centennial Park on Thursdays, you can explore the local Farmers Market.
Operating every Thursday from now until October 25th, the Farmers Market is the perfect way to get a literal taste of the area and what this town is made of.
Most notably though, the area is visited by residents and out-of-towners who are curious to check out the Corning Museum of Glass.
The world's largest museum of glass art and artifacts,
Open every day of the week, the museum has had plenty of expansions and new works of art added to the building over the years, now even allowing visitors the chance to create their
own glass art to take home with them!
The Corning Museum of Glass isn't the only interesting building in town though! The Rockwell Museum in Corning is actually the only Smithsonian affiliate that you can find in Upstate New York....
...And the Heritage Village of the Finger Lakes is another amazing places to visit - made up of historic buildings that include the town's oldest building and even a working Blacksmith shop.
If you don't want to stay indoors all day while you're in town, there's plenty of great outdoor spaces and activities that you can check out.
Corning's Centerway Walking Bridge spans across the Chemung River, with informative signs about the river and bridge's history located at each end.
While you're walking across the bridge, you'll also notice benches for you to relax on and even a maze that's a local favorite.
Visitors can also further stretch their legs at beautiful places like the Spencer Crest Nature Center, a 250-acre nature preserve that features walking trails, ponds, and yes - another museum!
After a day of exploring the town, you might want to circle back to places like Market Street.
On Market Street, you can stop into places like Hand + Foot - a restaurant and bar that offers a little bit of everything.
And if you have room for more, you can get a taste of nostalgia at Old World Cafe and Ice Cream - a spot that has its own Victorian ice cream parlor, homemade treats, old-fashioned candy, and of course ice cream.
Worthy of earning a spot at the top of your New York bucket list, the town of Corning is even more magical when you get to discover it for yourself in person.
To learn more about all that Corning has to offer, check out the town and city's official website by
If you’ve ever had the chance to explore Corning, tell us what you loved most about this area in the comments! For more wonderful experiences that you can enjoy in the Empire State, read about
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