Did you know Cortland is called the “Crown City” because it sits on a plain where seven valleys meet?

There, you’ll find a nature center, a theatre, and a Guinness World Record holder.

Brockway Museum at the CNY Living History Center.
Brockway Museum at the CNY Living History Center. Michael Davis photo

Museums and Historical Sites

CNY Living History Center
Explore not one, but three, museums at the CNY Living History Center; each covers a different historical topic: the Brockway Museum (Brockway trucks); the Homeville Museum (military items, local history, model trains); and Tractors of Yesteryear (agricultural history). The admission fee covers all of them.
Where: 4386 US Route-11.
More information: cnylivinghistory.org.

1890 House Museum
As you may have already guessed, the mansion dates back to the 19th Century – and it was once occupied by inventor Chester Wickwire and his family. Today, visitors can explore its four floors during a guided tour.
Where: 37 Tompkins St.
More information: facebook.com/1890housemuseum.

Shipwreck Amusements. Courtney Kless photo

Sports and Recreation

Greek Peak
Central New York’s largest ski resort offers activities year-round. Families will enjoy the indoor water park and the adventure center, which includes ziplines, a mountain coaster, and a high aerial challenge course.
Where: 2000 State Route 392.
More information: greekpeak.net.

Shipwreck Amusements
Though its biggest claim to fame may be the 14-par hole on its outdoor course (it measures 459 feet, 6 inches, and holds a Guinness World Record), Shipwreck Amusements’ grounds also include paintball, an arcade, and a glow-in-the-dark indoor course.
Where: 759 State Route 13.
More information: shipwreck-amusements.com.

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Parks and Nature Centers

Lime Hollow Nature Center
About a 10-minute drive from downtown, the Lime Hollow Nature Center contains 12 miles of trails. While you’re there, check out the Art Trail (it leads to a meadow with sculptures) and the Chicago Bog.
Where: 338 McLean Road.
More information: limehollow.org.

Little York Pavilion. Michael Davis Photo

Performing Arts

Cortland Repertory Theatre
The Cortland Repertory Theatre’s roots can be traced back more than five decades, and it remains “one of New York state’s longest running professional theatres,” according to its Facebook page. These days, you can watch a performance at the Cortland Downtown Theatre or the Little York Pavilion, depending on the time of year.
Where: 24-26 Port Watson St. (Downtown Cortland Theatre); 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble (Little York Pavilion).
More information: cortlandrep.org.



Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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