2009 Corning Area Attractions

2009 Corning Area Attractions

Corning is located in the very heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, one of the world’s fastest growing wine regions.  The region is home to over 100 world-class wineries all producing award-winning wines.  The rolling hills surround the crystal blue lakes that provide a wonderful outlet for many exciting outdoor activities.  Finger Lakes Wine Country is also home to fascinating museums in addition to The Corning Museum of Glass such as the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, the Arnot Art Museum, and the National Soaring Museum.  Delight in fresh, local cuisine at many of the regions restaurants and bistros. Experience unique shopping while you make yourself at home in charming towns and villages.  Finger Lakes Wine Country is a wonderful place to relax and explore. Find all there is to see and do while you visit the region at Fingerlakeswinecountry.com . Sign up to use the Trip Builder and begin planning your stay now!

Another helpful website to visit is the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau website for information on things to do, places to stay, and places to eat/drink in the area:  http://www.corningfingerlakes.com/visitors/guide.cfm

Additional things to do and see in Corning, NY:

  • Arnot Art Museum 
  • National Soaring Museum  
  • Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum Complex 
  • Rockwell Museum of Western Art  
  • The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Spencer Crest Nature Center, Inc.
  • The Corning Planetarium
  • Vitrix Hot Glass Studio
  • Finger Lakes Region Wineries
  • Watkins Glen International Raceway
  • Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
  • Watkins Glen State Park

Arnot Art Museum

Housed in an early 19th-century mansion, this museum continues the collections of Matthias Arnot, who initially acquired European paintings dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. They’re supplemented today by American pieces from the 19th century, and items representing Egypt, Asia, and pre-Columbian America. The museum, open since 1913, also features traveling exhibits, educational programs, and more. Its focus is on representational works. Especially notable is Arnot’s picture gallery, set with its original assemblage of art.

235 Lake St, Elmira, NY 14901
607-734-3697, www.arnotartmuseum.org
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: Free; Donations Appreciated

Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum Complex

Preserved structures from days gone by tell the early history of Corning, thanks to this intriguing complex. Visitors are taken around the grounds by costumed guides and instructed about log construction, schoolhouses, blacksmithing, and agriculture. The most prominent feature of the complex is a restored inn that dates to 1796. Saved from destruction by citizen groups, it relates local history through its period furniture and artifacts. It was designed by Charles Williamson; its innkeeper was Benjamin Patterson.

59 W Pulteney St, Corning, NY 14830
607-937-5281, www.pattersoninnmuseum.org
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Admission: Adult $4, Senior (65+) $3.50, Student $2, Child (17 and under) $2 (Cash Only)

The Corning Museum of Glass

Glass-lovers will be mesmerized by The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore the world’s largest collection of glass, showcasing 3,500 years of glassmaking history, get hands-on with the science and innovation of glass, attend live glass demos. All ages can attend a 40-minute Make Your Own Glass experience (fee). Exhibitions on view: Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection, Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner, and “Favorites from the Contemporary Glass Collection.”

1 Museum Way, Corning NY 14830
800-732-6845, www.cmog.org
Hours: Open 9 am to 8 pm during the GAS conference
Admission: Free with your Conference badge

The Corning Planetarium

This planetarium is located on the campus of Corning Community College. Here you will find spectacular presentations about astronomy that will inspire people of all ages. Guests are treated to amazing views taken from spacecraft and high-powered telescopes. They host a variety of shows that explore the universe both near and far.

Corning Community College, 1 Academic Drive, Corning, NY 14830
Hours: Show times are limited - please contact the planetarium for times and dates
Admission: Contact the Planetarium for information

Finger Lakes Region Wineries

In recent years, New York’s wine industry has truly come into its own, and the state now produces more wine than any other locale in the eastern US. Clustered around Lakes Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga are the region’s 100-some wineries, offering a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines. More than a million visitors flock to the Southern Tier annually, sampling vintages, enjoying the pastoral scenery, and taking in the charm of local B&Bs, restaurants, shops, and villages.

More info: 800-813-2958, www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Pioneer aviation, early motorcycles, Keuka wine making, turn-ofthe- century life, interactive gallery. Family friendly.

8419 State Rte 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840
607-569-2160, www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

National Soaring Museum

Established in 1969, this museum charts the
history of soaring and of flight without engine power. Elmira’s terrain has hills facing various directions, which means that soaring is possible no matter the origin of the wind. It has been a favorable location for such pursuits since before the 1930s. The museum offers displays of gliders and sailplanes, along with artifacts and documents related to them. Flight simulators up the ante, and next door, at Harris Hill Soaring Center, actual rides are available.

51 Soaring Hill Dr, Harris Hill, Elmira, NY 14903
607-734-3128, www.soaringmuseum.org
Hours: Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Admission: Adult $6.50, Senior (60+) $5.50, Youth (5-17) $4, Child (4 and under) Free

Rockwell Museum of Western Art

The best of the West in the East, this museum preserves and displays American Western and Native American art. On display during the GAS 2009 conference: works in glass by artist Tammy Garcia, who is best known for her contemporary pottery, as well as an exhibition of traditional Iriquois raised glass beadwork.

111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY
607-937-5386, www.rockwellmuseum.org
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9 am - 8 pm
Admission: Free with your Conference badge

Spencer Crest Nature Center, Inc.

Intended as a living educational tool, this center teaches experientially. On its 250 acres are ponds, streams, and seven miles of trails – all available for exploration. Folks can also learn about the center’s apiary (where bees are kept to produce honey) and check out its varying exhibits, which address everything from botany and local geology to archaeology and zoology. Recreation fiends can ski, fish, sled, and hike to their hearts’ content on the center’s trails and terrain.

2424 Spencer Hill Rd, Corning, NY 14830
607-962-9012, www.spencercrest.org
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 3 pm
Admission: Donations accepted

Vitrix Hot Glass Studio

This Market Street studio, founded in 1979, is not only one of the area’s best but one of the country’s as well. Visitors can observe the process of glassblowing as practiced by skilled artisans and see how contemporary pieces are created and shaped by years of experience and artistic prowess. If you’re particularly mesmerized, you can purchase Vitrix-crafted pieces to take home.

77 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830
607-936-8707, www.vitrixhotglass.com
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Admission: Free

Watkins Glen International Raceway

In the early 20th century, cars raced along the streets of Watkins Glen until this 31/2-mile track was built in 1956. Since then, the route has welcomed everyone from Nascar to Formula One, along with a host of regional and sports car competitions. The track at the south end of Seneca Lake is now known especially for its Winston Cup race. Other events at the track include the summertime Finger Lakes Wine Festival and a slate of driving schools.

2790 County Rte 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14830
607-535-2481, www.theglen.com
Hours: Season runs April through October
Admission: Tickets $5 - $120, Ticket Packages $130 - $250

Watkins Glen State Park

Carved out of the terrain by glacial action and erosion, this spectacular park is one of the area’s most scenic. A mile-and-a-half-long gorge offers rugged cliffs and 19 waterfalls, which are best viewed along the gorge trail, with its 800-some stone steps. Bridges, tunnels, and grottoes establish an otherworldly beauty along the pathway, and fishing, camping, and picnicking are available as well. Other amenities include hiking trails, ball fields, a playground, and both a main pool and one reserved for kids.

Franklin St, off Rte 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
607-535-4511, www.nysparks.com/parks/info.asp?parkId=105
Hours: Year-round
Admission: Entry Per Vehicle $6 (Cash Only)

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