- Our list of the best things to do in Elmira, New York, features the top 63 nearby activities — including 37 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Elmira, NY has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Food & Drink, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 21 things to do within the city of Elmira, NY , followed by 42 popular activities in nearby cities, including Watkins Glen, Corning, Horseheads, Hector and Ithaca
While it was built in 1894, the Christmas House was first opened in 1983 during the Christmas season. Among the products sold in here can be remembered the handcrafted Weeforest Folk Mice, the handcrafted Angels and Fairies, and the children's favorites, such as the Elf on the Shelf.
Many famous people found their resting place at the Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira, and the most well known one is Mark Twain. The cemetery was established in 1858 and it is now included in the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
One of the largest haunted locations in the state, the Haunted Empire at Bradley Farms features several attractions and lots of scare professionals. It has the trail of terror through the woods and creek banks, the black hole, and the 25 themed rooms of the house of lost souls.
The permanent collection at the Chemung Valley History Museum has approximately 2,000 items, from which 200 are always on display, in the Bank Gallery. The other two galleries are the Barn and the Howell, which house rotating exhibitions all around the year.
The Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum's building covers 12,000 square feet and is home to 43 species of live animals. There are also 9 miles of trail available to be explored by the wildlife watchers especially.