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Family Fun in the Finger Lakes

This August celebrate family fun month by spending time in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes. While there are plenty of activities for the whole family to do from visiting museums to exploring the great outdoors, check out these 5 activities that the whole family will enjoy.

1. The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass
You can't bring the family to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes without a visit into the Corning Museum of Glass. Kids and parents will be wowed by fascinating art, captivated by hot-glass shows, and blown away the size of the glass market. While you're there pay a visit to The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass for a make-your-own glass project. Kids will love sandblasting, blowing a pumpkin, or making a glass flower. Parents can get in on the fun too and make it an activity for the whole family.

Glassblowing courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
Glassblowing courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

2. The Rockwell Museum
Just down the road from the Corning Museum of Glass is the Rockwell Museum. This Smithsonian Museum is a hidden treasure for family fun. The family exploration studio is where families can get hands on and create art project, draw on the light table, put together puzzles, and read together in the book nook. Older kids may also know the artist who is displayed in the exploration studio. The works of world renowned Andy Warhol line one of the walls. Venturing out into the rest of the museum there is traditional art that depicts the American experience, and there is the more eccentric. An Art Hunt gets young visitors excited to be out exploring the galleries by matching small snippets of images of the collection to the actual paintings and objects on display. Prizes are involved! The Rockwell Museum offers families a chance to create and explore among incredible works of art.

Family at The Rockwell courtesy of The Rockwell Musuem
Family at The Rockwell courtesy of The Rockwell Musuem

One of the best parts about The Corning Museum of Glass and The Rockwell Museum? Kids and teens 17 and under are always free! (The Studio at CMOG is not included and requires additional fees.)

3. Keuka Watersports
So, you have explored the wonders that are indoors, it's time to get outside! What better way to enjoy the Finger Lakes than to get out on the lake. Keuka Watersports makes family fun on the lake easy and enjoyable. Rent a boat for a day, or the whole week. Sit and relax, or hop on a tube and go! Grab a few kayaks and venture out for an afternoon.

courtesy of Chris Brooks
courtesy of Chris Brooks

4. Park Avenue Sports Center
Park Avenue Sports Center is the complete package when it comes to family fun. Families will enjoy activities like mini-golf, water wars, and their brand-new combat zone laser tag. After running around an engaging in friendly combat and competition cool down with an ice cream treat.

Park Avenue Sports Center
Park Avenue Sports Center

5. Steuben County Fair
The Steuben County Fair is the longest continuously running fair in the US since opening in 1819. Families go to enjoy the carnival rides and food, harness races, traditional fair contests and shows, and concerts. You can catch the fair this year at the Steuben County Fair Grounds from Tuesday August 15th through Sunday August 20st.

Steuben County Fair
Steuben County Fair

You'll need a home base where you can wind down and rest for the next day of fun ahead. Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort gives you the place to rest your head in one of their cabins and cottages, or bring your tent or camper, while keeping your trip fun and family friendly. Kids will love the spray ground, pools, mini golf, daily activities and more.

Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort
Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort

Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has activities the whole family will love whether you like outdoor adventures or museum discoveries. Spend quality time together this August during Family Fun Month!

 

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