Corning, New York is a great place to visit and today we are sharing our best things to do in Corning, NY with kids for a family weekend getaway from Rochester, NY.
You may not think of Corning, NY for family travel, and you may be surprised at how this quaint village can be a lot of fun for families.
There are a few can’t miss places to see in Corning, NY and that includes Corning Museum of Glass, the Rockwell Museum, and exploring the Gaffer District.
Best Things to Do in Corning, NY for a Family Weekend
Where is Corning, New York
Corning, New York is located under a 2 hour drive south of Rochester, NY. It is a great place for a day trip from Rochester and offers enough options for a quick weekend getaway for your family.
Where to Stay in Corning, New York
We stayed at the Staybridge Suites in Corning and it was great for our family of five. It w as also within walking distance to the Gaffer District and the Corning Museum of Glass.
The lobby was beautifully decorated with glass pieces inspired by the museum of glass.
The first things my kids noticed was the shelf of DVDs to borrow for our room. They were so excited about this!! Check in was super easy and the staff was really friendly. They had lots of snacks/drinks for purchase and had laundry on-site.
We stayed in the two bedroom suite and the room was huge. It had 2 bathrooms, a living room with a kitchen, and two bedrooms.
It was a lot of space for my family of five and it was nice to spread out and rest after our morning at Corning Museum of Glass.
In the morning we visited the pool. My kids will swim in any temperature but for me it is a little bit of a challenge!! I am happy to say this pool is “Mom Approved”!
It was warm and I had a great time swimming with the kids. This was the first time we made a little pool time in the morning and I am so happy we did. My kids love to swim and it was a great way to start our day.
When making reservations at a hotel that include a breakfast, it is never really clear what you are getting until you arrive. Staybridge Suites breakfast was fantastic.
They had something for everyone. My daughter loved the make your own waffle station and my husband enjoyed the hot breakfast of sausage and scrambled eggs. My sons enjoyed the cold cereal selection and the muffins. Overall it was a perfect breakfast for my family.
Our Weekend in Corning, New York for Families
Day 1: Corning Museum of Glass and the Gaffer District
We planned an overnight in Corning and wanted to maximize our time checking out the best things to do. I wanted to balance exploring with relaxing time at the hotel.
We started our visit at the Corning Museum of Glass. After making the short drive from Rochester, we went directly to the glass museum.
You may not think of visiting a glass museum with kids but we were pleasantly surprised. This was our first visit to the museum of glass and we found it to be very kid friendly.
The museum offers hands-on glass activities, an art gallery style exhibit, and a glass blowing show that can’t be missed! Check out our full review: Corning Museum of Glass: A Unique Family Friendly Experience.
After the museum we checked in to the hotel and relaxed. Honestly I didn’t think the kids were going to want to leave they were so comfortable.
Make sure you plan time to enjoy the hotel or resort you are staying at when traveling with kids. The change of scenery can be a fun experience for them.
After our afternoon break we bundled up to visit the village of Corning Gaffer District to explore the shops and have dinner.
The annual holiday event Sparkle was going on in the downtown Gaffer District. This part of town is lined with pretty shops and restaurants. I loved walking along the streets and looking at the window displays.
We took the shuttle from the Corning welcome center to the Gaffer District. The shuttle was located at the welcome center across the street from the hotel.
We explored the shops and had a great dinner at Slammin’ Jammin’ BBQ. There are many restaurants to choose from in Corning. Check out this list here.
At the end of the night we walked back to the hotel. The shuttle stopped at 6:00pm so it was our only option. Keep this in mind when planning your visit. The walk was about a mile over the bridge and passed the museum. We didn’t have a stroller but younger kids may need one.
There were fireworks in the evening for the festival but we ended up buying a snack for home and cuddling up at the hotel.
The weather was really cold and the kids wanted to just hang out. Sometimes on vacation you have to change your plans. We had a really great time in the hotel room spending time together.
Day 2: Pool Time and the Rockwell Museum
We had a slow morning with breakfast at the hotel and pool time. Then we checked out and headed over to the Rockwell Museum.
This was a last minute decision based on a recommendation from the hotel staff. She recommended we go over to see the Rockwell Museum for its gingerbread display. I am so happy we did. It was really fun.
The Rockwell Museum shares a collection of Native American art and other exhibits that celebrate the history of America. They also had a lot of hands-on activities for kids.
The museum has a kids corner and a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt allows kids to find specific pieces of art through the museum.
They also had a scavenger hunt for the gingerbread houses. I was really impressed with how the Rockwell was kid friendly.
The scavenger hunt was pieces of art work that you had to discover throughout the museum. I was not sure what to expect and if this would be entertaining for the kids but they really liked it.
I loved seeing the old maps of the United States. It was a really cool way to spend our morning before heading back home.
When I think of family getaways I always think big cities, but there was a perfect amount of things to do in Corning for families.
It was a perfect family getaway. I appreciated having a family adventure closer to home. There was less planning and more time to enjoy each other. We hope to visit and enjoy Corning again very soon!
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