- The list below includes 87 free or cheap things to do in or near Watkins Glen, New York, including 55 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Camping Site, Farms & Ranches and Race Tracks.
- From Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park to Watkins Glen State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Watkins Glen and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ithaca, Elmira, Corning and Penn Yan.
Founded in 2003, the Museum of the Earth studies the history of Earth and its life. The permanent exhibition features almost 3 million items, and cover domains like the glaciers and the coral reefs. Special programs are organized all around the year, such as the Fossil ID Day.
Rather than watching others make glass the Hands On Glass Studio allows visitors to form their own glass pieces. With the help of instructors and professional glass workers, even children can blow their own glass during the year-round programs.
The Corning Museum of Glass offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of glassmaking in the United States. Not only that, but guests can also make their own glass and view a variety of glass art projects.
The Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum is a historical museum focused on sharing the history of the inn, which was originally built in 1786. Visitors to the inn can expect access to the tap room, dining room, kitchen, and Patterson quarters.
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96 Eldridge Park Drive, Elmira, NY 14901 MoreLess Info
Situated in an amusement park, Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society Inc is dedicated to bringing the park's carousel back to its former glory. The carousel is considered one of the fastest ones in the country.
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73 W Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830 MoreLess Info
The Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum complex offers views of historic buildings harkening back to the 1700's. On site blacksmithing classes are featured, as are regular tours and a period garden with food and plants from the era.
With historical gravesites dating to the 1860s, the Woodlawn National Cemetery is the resting place of nearly 3,000 Confederate soldiers who died in the Elmira prison camp. In addition, from this site visitors can find the grave of Mark Twain.
As an educational center belonging to the Paleontological Research Institution, the Cayuga Nature Center provides exhibits and activities for visitors to learn about nature. Activities at the center include a six-story tree house, a butterfly garden, animals, and night hikes.