Corning Museum of Glass

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The Corning Museum of Glass

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The Corning Museum of Glass offers one of the world's best collections of art and historical glass, from a portrait of an Egyptian pharaoh to works by Tiffany and Chihuly. The museum's Innovation Center focuses on the science of glass, featuring hands-on exhibits and live glassmaking demonstrations. Visitors can also take a beginner's glassmaking class. If you bring your smartphone or tablet, you can download the museum's GlassApp, which includes videos, artist bios and photos you can reference while walking through the museum.

Many recent visitors raved about the free demonstrations and hands-on experiences, which cover everything from sandblasting to glass blowing. Reviewers were also quick to note that seats for demonstrations fill quickly and recommend arriving early to secure a spot. Others loved the exhibits showcasing work by Tiffany and Chihuly. On your way out, don't forget to stop at the museum store – another highlight for reviewers. 

Located off Interstate 86 in Corning, New York, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September to May and until 8 p.m. May through September. Admission, which costs $19.50 for adults, is valid for two consecutive days. Kids 17 and younger can enter for free, and discounts are available for college students, AAA members, seniors and military. Local residents from nearby zip codes receive half-price admission. For more information, check out the museum's official website

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Located about 23 miles southwest of Syracuse, Skaneateles Lake is the sixth-largest of the Finger Lakes. The name means "long lake" in the Iroquois language and indeed, the 16-mile-long lake crosses three counties: Onandaga, Cayuga and Cortland. The historic Skaneateles Village dates back to the Revolutionary War and is filled with local shops, restaurants, inns and bed-and-breakfasts. The sparkling, clear lake is a favorite for boating and fishing. 

Many recent visitors to Skaneateles Lake said it was a favorite stop and loved the charming, historic town, saying that both dining and shopping were excellent. Visitors also commented on the lake's calm and clean "crystal clear" waters and said that even though it's off the beaten path it's well worth a visit. Several recommended one of the local boat tours, such as those provided by Mid-Lakes Navigation, as a way to learn the history of the area. 

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