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Historic Downtown Cortland

Where visitors are treated like family and fun is taken to a whole new level.

Welcome to Historic Downtown Cortland

Between the charming shops and dining options on Main Street to the cultural heritage around every corner, you'll find everything your family is looking for. Here in Cortland, you're invited to stay busy, take it easy, or explore something brand new.

If you're lucky enough to be in town on the first Friday of the month, you won't want to miss the First Friday art venues, which celebrate Cortland's vibrant local arts community. Stroll through the participating art spaces, galleries, and local businesses for a fresh look at Cortland's artistic heritage and talents. End your walk at the Cortland Beer Company to enjoy a local draft beer and listen to some tunes performed by home-brewed entertainers.

For those looking to dive deeper into Cortland culture, there's an impressive selection of historic and cultural centers to pique your curiosity. Visit the Suggett House Museum to hear stories from the past about Cortland locals who participated in the earliest stages of women's rights, the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad, or head to the CNY Living History museum, which hosts amazing collections of original Brockway trucks, John Deere tractors, train memorabilia, and an immense display of military history donated by a veteran of Cortland.

The 1890 House Museum and Alumni House, conveniently located next to each other off Main Street, offer a slice of the Victorian and Gilded ages for those visitors interested in a bit of time travel. Step into the past at 1890 House and take a look at the splendor in which successful industrialist Chester F. Wickwire and his family lived. From the parquet floors to the fernery and beyond, this is a stop that history buffs will not want to miss. If you'd rather spend an entire night in the era, book a room at the Alumni House B&B and wake up feeling like royalty.

If you've decided to take the day to enjoy Cortland and are up for an adventure, check out the Lime Hollow Nature Center, where you can rent cross country skis or snowshoes and enjoy immaculately-groomed trails for all skill levels at your own pace. Or, head over to Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center where the whole family can play a round of outdoor or black light mini golf!

With so many activities and experiences to choose from, it's easy to forget that Historic Downtown Cortland is also a great place to relax, unwind, and recharge. From a gastropub atmosphere at Hairy Tony's to classic Italian dining at Green Arch, you can't go wrong when it comes to fueling up before or after a day on the mountain. Whether you decide to kick back and do some shopping, go exploring, or a little bit of both, Historic Downtown Cortland is yours to enjoy – make yourself at home.

Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Historic Downtown Cortland