Springtime Escapes with Kids

April 2011
Family Fun in Corning & the Finger Lakes

Dear EscapeMakers — As spring blooms in Corning & the Finger Lakes everything seems to come to life. The many natural wonders, from waterfalls to gorges to pristine lake waters, grab our attention and refuse to let go until we have explored each one. Take the family along on a trip to this beautiful part of New York State and make memories that will last forever. Hike the hills, catch the early wildflowers in bloom and listen to the birdsongs. Kids can enjoy the thrill of the treasure hunt with geocaching and letterboxing, great outdoor activities that use both modern technology like GPS and good old fashioned puzzle solving skills to unearth clues and discover hidden caches.

Rev up the family fun by taking the kids to world-famous Watkins Glen International. North America’s most prestigious road racing facility is not to be missed! Plan to come June 3-5 for the for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, or August 11-14 for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Watkins Glen International showcases NASCAR at its best. Visit TheGlen.com for tickets and additional information.

familfun_radisson_treeAt the end of the day what’s better than rest and relaxation at one of the area’s premier hotels? Discover the Radisson Hotel Corning, located in the heart of Corning’s Gaffer District. You can walk to museums, shops, restaurants and glass studios. And it’s just a short drive away from the wineries on the Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lakes Wine Trails. The kids will love the indoor pool and the outdoor Jacuzzi will relax and revive you. The Radisson Hotel Corning’s Discover the Gaffer District Package includes guest room, breakfast for two in Grill 1-2-5, two tickets to The Corning Museum of Glass and two tickets to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Children 19 & under get in free to both museums when with an adult). Advance reservations required.

wow_handsonglass3All families like to take souvenirs home after a trip. Why not make your family’s souvenirs really special by making your own? Corning & the Finger Lakes offers many hands-on activities that can result in a treasure to cherish forever. Make a glass picture frame, an ornament or a paperweight. Learn to throw clay on an electric wheel and take home the stoneware you made. Paint your choice of pottery pieces that are premade and just waiting for your personalization. Try stamping or cardmaking, jewelry and beadwork, or even patchwork pillows. Do-it-yourself activities abound in this most artistic of places. That could be part of the reason Corning has been named one of “America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations” by AmericanStyle magazine for the past ten years.
Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau
For more info, visit: CorningFingerLakes.com

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