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While campus life has a lot to offer, the same can be said for Elmira, New York, and the surrounding area.

Nestled in the stunning Finger Lakes region, Elmira is a small city of about 35,000. You can take in the history and culture of the town just by walking around and visiting the sites. There are museums, farmers markets, a performing arts center, a downtown community, and even a historic baseball field. A few miles farther and you can be golfing, skiing, hiking, or sampling restaurants and wineries.

We are close to the cities of Ithaca, Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester, and Buffalo. We're not far from the major urban areas of Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.


Points to Know and Places to Go in Elmira

The Mark Twain study on the Elmira College campus
Pictures and artifacts from Mark Twain's summer home are displayed in the Mark Twain Exhibit

The Mark Twain Study and the Mark Twain Exhibit in Cowles Hall

These on-campus attractions draw more than 10,000 visitors each year. The exhibit contains many photos and other memorabilia from Twain's time in Elmira and a visit to the Study allows you to step back in time and take in the space where Twain wrote many of his most iconic works, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Center for Mark Twain Studies

Visitors look at art on the walls of the Arnot Art Museum

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The outside of the Chemung Valley History Museum

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Arnot Art Museum

This exceptional museum houses a permanent collection of 17th century through 19th century European paintings, 19th century American paintings, and sculptures. Temporary exhibits welcome art collections from around the world. Since its opening in 1913, the Arnot Art Museum has become a leading cultural institution with a focus on promoting the visual arts and enhancing the culture of the region.  

Chemung Valley Museum

The largest general history museum in the region, the Chemung Valley Museum tells the history of Chemung County through interactive exhibits, educational programming, and lectures for visitors of all ages. During the summer months, visitors can hop on the Twain Country Summer Tours at the museum for a guided tour of the City of Elmira, including the Mark Twain Study at EC and the final resting place of Mark Twain and his family in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The Clemens Center

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Clemens Center

This 1,600-seat theater is home to resplendent live entertainment, including touring Broadway musicals, professional drama, dance, music, and comedy, as well as local productions and charity events.


Elmira Pioneers Baseball

Historic Dunn Field in Elmira's Southside houses the Elmira Pioneers, who have provided the community with competitive summer baseball for many years. Enjoy the summer weather, the game, and the atmosphere of one of America's classic ballparks.

First Arena

First Arena is a 4,000 seat multi-purpose facility that hosts a variety of events including concerts and professional sports events. Only blocks away from Campus, the arena is the home to the Elmira River Sharks hockey team.

An aerial view of the National Soaring Museum

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National Soaring Museum

Known as the "Soaring Capital of the World," Elmira is home to the National Soaring Museum, which houses the largest exhibit of classic and contemporary sailplanes in the world. Located on Harris Hill, the soaring field at the museum is the location of national soaring contests and glider rides. EC's official mascot, the Soaring Eagle, was chosen in tribute to the Elmira area's distinction as the "Soaring Capital of the World," and its hills and valleys that naturally suit the region for glider flight.


Downtown Elmira

Elmira's Downtown District, which borders the EC campus, offers restaurants, museums, the Clemens Center, First Arena, and more! Throughout the year, Elmira Downtown Development hosts events in the District such as outdoor concerts, a weekly farmers market, street painting festival, outdoor movie nights, and more.


Near Westside Historic District

This residential area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a variety of architectural styles. Walking tours are offered throughout the year.

A student stands in front of the Tanglewood Nature Center

Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum

Tanglewood offers free access to two trail systems with more than 10 miles of hiking trails. The nature center exhibit hall features a "darkened forest" with taxidermied native animals representative of the region's temperate oak-hickory forest and more than 40 species of live animals, ranging from arthropods to reptiles to mammals.

Seneca lake and vineyard
Many people looks on during a glassmaking demonstration at the Corning Museum of Glass
Cars race around the Watkins Glen Motor Speedway track

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Explore the Finger Lakes Region

Regional attractions include the Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen International Raceway, the National Warplane Museum, Finger Lakes wineries and breweries, and a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.

Explore all the region has to offer by visiting our tourism partners, Mark Twain Country and Finger Lakes Wine Country.

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