7 Best Things To Do In And Around Horseheads, New York

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Horseheads is a beautiful town in Chemung Country in New York. It has a population of only 20,000 as of the year 2010. There were a lot of bleached horse skulls found in this town and thus it has its unique name. The town also has a village by the same name in it. Horseheads has many options to spend and enjoy your time here. The museum, parks and many other places are perfect to make your stay memorable. Let us have a look at some of the best things to do in Horseheads, New York:

1. Visit National Soaring Museum

National Soaring Museum
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The National Soaring Museum is also called NSM. This is an aviation museum which preserves the history of motorless flight. It is only one of two such museums in the United States. There is a Heritage Hangar and an archive area with a gift shop on site, and numerous gliders in the exhibition from the 60s and 70s. Here you will also be able to take a glider ride on Harris Hill. You can book your visit in advance if you are planning to go there with a group.

National Soaring Museum

Website: Soaring Museum

2. Spend time at Teal Park

Teal Park
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The Teal Park is an amazing public green park in Horseheads, New York. A political cartoonist Eugene Zimmerman donated the land for the park. In the summer there is a farmer’s market and the place is also a well-known venue for live concerts. The Teal Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A concert series is held every year and features local bands who play country-western, jazz, dixie land and much more.

It is a perfect place to have a morning walk to relax, or just read a book under the sun. You can enjoy some quality quiet moments with your partner here.

Teal Park

Website: Teal Park

3. Experience Harris Hill Overlook

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Harris Hill is a beautiful venue surrounded by trees and trails for hiking. During the winter there is also a possibility for outdoor rinks to do some ice skating. There is also a pool with 2 different diving boards, along with a baby pool, and during summer there are swimming lessons provided. The Harris Hill also has a 3-hole golf course whereas the outing center has a large picnic pavilion with a fully equipped kitchen and seating arrangements. The picnic pavilions offer grills for cooking and there are non-electric pavilions too.

The youth camp consists of a dining area with tables and chairs, restrooms and a fully equipped kitchen room. A large deck and barbecue are also located outside the youth camp room.

4. Visit Catlin State Forest

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Catlin State Forest is a perfect place for camping, hunting, trapping and getting a view of wildlife. This is a huge area which doesn’t have designated recreation trails but there are certain deer paths and old lanes which are perfect for exploring. You will have to do a lot of walking to access various places in the forest. There is a diversity of wildlife habitats too. It is just five miles (8 km) from the north of Horseheads, in Allegheny Plateau. There are certain recreational opportunities. Enjoy camping with your friends or hunting and trapping amidst the breathtaking forest.

Catlin State Forest

Website: Catlin State Forest

5. Enjoy Harris Hill Amusement Park

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The Harris Hill Amusement Park is the best park for kids. Kids can swing at the batting cages from slow to fast pitch speeds. There are numerous kiddie rides such as The Whip, Fire Engines, Carousel and much more. The 18-hole golf course is perfect for kids and adults to play and practice golf. The oval track is a unique section to enjoy go karting, and the arcade has many old and popular games.

The concession stand offers fast food and drinks to satisfy hunger and thirst after playing games at the park. There is also an ice cream shop to relish a cup of ice cream under the sun. There is a pool and picnic area nearby too. Also, the Tangle Nature Centre is located close to the Harris Hill Amusement Park. Whether you are with kids or want to relive your childhood, you must visit Harris Hill Amusement Park.

Harris Hill Amusement Park

Website: Harris Hill Amusement Park

6. Horseheads Brewing

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If you are a beer lover then you must visit The Horseheads Brewing, Inc., who hand-crafts the highest quality beer possible. They use the finest and freshest ingredients available. There are also performances by local artists and you can enjoy those at no extra cost. Horseheads Brewing offers beer in pints, flights, 22 oz. bottles, growlers, and kegs. You can also buy growlers, pint glasses and mugs from the shop.

Horseheads Brewing offers a huge amount of options of various styles of beer. The Imperial Oatmeal Stout and India Style Black Ale are must-try beers.

Horseheads Brewing

Website: Horseheads Brewing

7. Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

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The Wings of Eagles Discovery Centre has four main sections of exhibitions. The first is Science on a Sphere which is a giant animated globe with computers and stunning projectors displaying visual animations from real planetary data. The globe is designed as such that you will feel as if it is suspended in space. The second section contains full-size and scaled replicas of airplanes which are displayed in the aerospace collection.

The third section in the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center has a huge collection of aircraft on display. Some of the aircrafts on display were used in military settings for training or combat purposes. Famous aircrafts such as Aeronca L3 (Grasshopper), Bell UH-1H (Huey), and Douglas B-26B (Invader) can be found on display. The fourth section comprises of a museum which exhibits cultural, social and technological significant events in the history of airplanes.

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

Website: Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

Spending your time in Horseheads

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In Horseheads the amusement park is great for kids whereas the museum and discovery centers are a rich source of information and knowledge for every age group. The parks and hiking areas are perfect for relaxing and enjoying hiking. If you are visiting for a shorter duration, then Horseheads has a lot to offer.

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