Shop, eat, and drink along Market Street in the heart of Corning’s Gaffer District where you’ll find independently owned local shops, cafés, restaurants, and places to grab your favorite local beverage along this quaint, tree-lined street. Learn more about the Gaffer District’s gorgeous 19th-century buildings through their Buildings Alive self-guided historic architecture tour. For your home away from home, check out the Radisson Hotel Corning, conveniently located at the east end of Market Street.
More Than Just Your Grandmother’s Cookware
Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, is headquartered in Corning. Corning Incorporated has a 169-year track record of life-changing inventions, including the cookware your mother and grandmother used growing up, CorningWare (1958), and Pyrex (1915). Corning Incorporated develops products that transform industries and enhance people's lives, many of which we use in everyday life, including our LCD TVs and computer monitors, automobile windshields, and smartphone screens!
Corning Museum of Glass
You can find the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, with over 50,000 objects representing more than 3,500 years of history, from the Pharaohs to modern-day contemporary glass. Experience live demonstrations, research archives, unique retail, and all things glass at the immersive and interactive Corning Museum of Glass. Park your car at the Museum lot and take their free, continuous-loop shuttle to downtown and back for shopping, good eats, and a visit into the next museum highlight. The Corning Museum of Glass was involved from concept to reality on Netflix’s Blown Away, a competition series featuring the art of glassmaking.
Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century historic Old City Hall in Corning, The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Upstate New York. Featuring a unique collection of over 5,000 works of fine art representing the American experience through the work of American artists, the diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century paintings, historic bronzes, Native American objects, twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography.
Spot “Little Joe”
The official symbol for Corning is the gaffer, and you can spot “Little Joe” the gaffer on the Little Joe Tower. A gaffer, or hot glass worker, is the fitting symbol for Corning as it pays homage to the glass making history here and has become an icon of the Crystal City.
Corning is just a short drive away from the three incredible wine trails of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Corning is approximately a 30-minute drive from both the southern tips of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and less than an hour from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.