Experience Downtown Corning


Known for its picturesque Centerway Square, our downtown is filled with fabulous shopping and fantastic food! Corning's Gaffer District has endless reasons to fall in love with downtown Corning!

We are excited that we are rated as a very walkable downtown! We offer captivating ways to #ExploreCorning, our Buildings Alive self-guided historic architecture tour, our award-winning and top customer rated Chocolate Trail, our Antiques and Vintage Collectible Trail, City of Corning Public Art installations, Alley Art project, award-winning dining destinations, incredible museums, galleries all nestled in a city in the heart of a gorgeous river valley surrounded with a beautiful skyline in every season.

We are fortunate to have beautiful tree-lined sidewalks and an award-winning restored historic bridge transformed into a park suspended over the river to stroll our downtown. It is an award-winning downtown truly filled with one extraordinary experience after another!

Learn more about Corning's Gaffer District here, including our many awards and accolades!


Within eyesight of the beautiful Finger Lakes and minutes from hiking, biking, boating, waterfalls, and more, Corning's Gaffer District is the perfect launchpad for your next vacation. As the southern gateway to upstate NY, staying in downtown Corning makes it easy to also explore nearby attractions during your visit. Historic Corning's Gaffer District is the perfect place to come home to. Here are some must-see sites near Corning, NY.



Here are some useful resources to help you navigate Downtown Corning during your stay. Thank you so… Read More

Featured Landmarks

Celebrating the dynamic heritage of the Crystal City, this sculpture rests on the eastern end of… Read More

Historic Corning

Corning's Gaffer District invites you to join us in a celebration of our rich history. Read More

Education Opportunities

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