The Finger Lakes arts scene is all about engagement and learning. Here, you're free to flex your creative muscles at arts centers and museums offering an array of DIY and maker experiences for all ages.

How many museums welcome kids to work off their seemingly endless excess of energy by playing hide-and-seek among the exhibits? At least one! In the spirit of the Great Plains, kids are invited to roam the Wild West at the Rockwell Museum, which features the finest collection of western art east of the Mississippi. Encourage your little ones to go on an art hunt through galleries, learn how to draw a horse, and dress up in old-timey costumes to play in a child-sized tipi. It's pint-sized adventure and fun for all.

Or, you could become a family of glassblowers! Also known as a glassmith or gaffer – hence our Gaffer District – a trip to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes wouldn't be complete without a glass making experience. Work with our expert glassblowers to safely create a one-of-a-kind ornament, a glass pumpkin, or treasured souvenir of your visit. This is one of the Finger Lakes must-do experiences!

Well, that and wine tasting; which coincidentally, is the point of Wine and Design, an art studio offering art classes and a BYOB atmosphere so you can paint and chill while receiving expert instruction. Wine and a blank canvas? The perfect pairing!

For budding herbalists, a visit to Healing Spirits Herb Farm in Avoca is a must. This certified organic medicinal herb farm grows over 60 botanicals, and offers classes in making healing salves, blending teas, and concocting natural cosmetics.

The Finger Lakes are filled with treasures, from rare vintages to extraordinary works of art – but the best prize is the one you make yourself! Explore the diverse maker culture and create not only memories, but a unique memento of your trip.


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