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“Scenic small town revived” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gaffer District

Gaffer District
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Corning
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Pittsburgh
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136 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Scenic small town revived”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Beautiful small town main street I wish we had at home. About 6 blocks of restored buildings being used as glass and gift shops, museums, a small movie theater and a surprising mix of good restaurants. The open square, little park and footbridge to the Corning Museum of Glass are adorable. Many people out and about and free parking. A nice way to spend an afternoon.

Visited August 2014
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GafferDistrict, Manager at Gaffer District, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank you so much for visiting! Come back and see us again soon!
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Syracuse, New York
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A delightful old-fashioned downtown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Corning is somewhat unusual among the many smaller towns of New York State in that it has a downtown area that is very much alive. This is due in part to the famous Corning Glass Museum, which draws thousands of visitors per year, and a very good arrangement that encourages visitors to the museum to visit Corning's downtown section as well. By "downtown," I mean all the shops, boutiques, and eating places on or right off Market Street, collectively called "The Gaffer District."

At the museum's free parking lot (on NY 414, just south of where 414 crosses I 86 / NY 17), there is a nice welcome center where you can catch a free shuttle bus. The bus makes a circuit of just four stops: 1) the glass museum (very close really), 2) the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, right off Market Street, 3) the middle of Market Street itself, and 4) the welcome center. Since anyone can use the shuttle bus and it comes by every 15 minutes, it's very convenient.

Having previously toured the Corning Glass Museum, my husband and I decided to do something different for a day trip. We drove to the welcome center, parked, and took the shuttle bus to Market Street. There we spent a pleasant afternoon strolling up and down the street, exploring the one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques. The Gaffer District includes a number of different eateries and small restaurants to choose from, and close by there is also a little park and a large, pedestrian bridge across the Chemung River. I especially liked the antique shops and The Glass Menagerie, a store with a variety of beautiful glass items. Ladies, take note: There is a CorningWare Corelle Revere outlet store right off Market Street with lots of cookware and more Corelle patterns than I've seen anywhere!

It's true that there are a few empty storefronts on Market Street, but there is still lots to see, certainly more than I expected for an older downtown section. I enjoyed our time there and would like to visit it again in the future.

Visited August 2014
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GafferDistrict, Manager at Gaffer District, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank you so much for visiting! We love our downtown and hope that you make another day trip to see us again soon.
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Rochester
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Relaxing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

Ton of restaurants!. A bunch of cute shops. Nice looking, clean. We went during the week, not very crowded which was awesome! Public restrooms were very clean!

Visited July 2014
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GafferDistrict, Manager at Gaffer District, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Thank you so much for visiting! We're very proud of our little downtown!
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13 reviews
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“Lovely way to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Our family of four all enjoyed shopping up and down Market Street. Plenty of interesting glass stores to browse - even saw a few gaffers blowing glass in the back of Vitrix. Nice selection of shops. Kids loved Connors and the Apothecary especially. Oh, and Dippity Do Dahs ice cream. Shopkeepers and patron very friendly. Allowed us to really experience the small town feel.

Visited July 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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366 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend a bit of time. ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

The quaint street where most of the glass shops are located is the main drag. We visited a stained glass shop, several glass blowing shops ( some with demos) and antique shops.

There are lots of spots to stop for a bite or to get an ice cream treat.

If you come to Corning it is certainly worth a couple of hours.

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