New York State

Traveling in and about New York State? Here are my personal experiences with things to do in New York State! From travel and tourism to great wines and New York state historic sites, I live in New York State, and want to share with you the wonderful things to do, see and enjoy in my great home state!

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.


Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State

I think everyone knows I love New York! Hubby and I spend a lot of time traversing this great state, seeing and doing so much that is offered. New York State is mostly rural. While many people think of it as a concrete jungle due to NYC, the truth is New York State is mostly farmland, forests, parks, and waterways. While there are a plethora of indoor activities, New York State shines in the outdoor hiking, boating and sportsman areas – perfect for fun, adventurous family getaways!

Note: You can get a New York State Fishing License online in about 2 seconds (I just did it last week). You can immediately print it to have to show the game warden as s/he taps you on the shoulder. You can also request one be sent to you. The fishing license you receive in the mail will be of the non-tearable type. Everyone 16 and older that is fishing in NYS needs a fishing license unless you are fishing on one of the free weekends. Check out the NYS DEC website for complete details.

Albany, New York

A look at New York’s history and government highlights a visit to the capital city. Guided and self-guided tours of the New York Capitol building are offered daily Monday-Saturday. You will learn the history of the specially designed capitol building, which consists of two styles – Italian Renaissance and Romanesque. Following the capitol tour, visit the Empire State Plaza, which explores the state’s history.

Enjoy the view of Albany and the surrounding area as the family embarks on a Hudson River Cruise with Dutch Apple Cruises. The 90-minute early afternoon cruise includes a 45-minute narration about the city, its history, and nearby sights. Then, you can relax and enjoy family time during the second half of the tour.

If your family wants to take in some challenging and fun activities, check out area ziplines or indoor rock climbing.

Albany is home to several family-friendly hotels, including Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Homewood Suites.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Buffalo, New York

Any visit to Buffalo requires a visit to Canalside (I took the photo at the top of this post at Canalside – well, Riverworks – close enough). Home to outdoor concerts, festivals and other events, including children’s activities, the area is perfect for a family outing. Enjoy water activities such as kayaking or paddle boating on the water as you take in the skyline of this western New York gem. Children and history buffs will enjoy touring retired naval vessels and other military attractions at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Grab a seat and enjoy a harbor cruise, where you can enjoy the sights and learn a little history about places such as Black Rock Lock and Canal. A two-hour narrated cruise takes you through four bodies of water – Lake Erie, Niagara River, Buffalo River and Black Rock Canal.

Buffalo is home to the nation’s third-oldest zoo. With more than 25 animal displays, the Buffalo Zoo offers an opportunity to see some of the most endangered animals in the world, such as the snow leopard. From otters to lions and gorillas, the zoo offers something for everyone in the family.

With exhibits that take a look at extinction and its current implications to a look at Buffalo from space, the Buffalo Museum of Science is a must-see for kids of all ages. Learn about the stars with a stop at the Kellogg Observatory during one of its public shows.

A Buffalo Bison minor league baseball game makes for a fun family event. A Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Bluejays, the Bison affordable ticket prices and concessions. Watch tomorrow’s Major League stars today.

A visit to Buffalo is not complete without dinner at one of the city’s many wing joints. Home to the original chicken wing – Buffalo wings to the rest to the rest of the world – Anchor Bar is where it all began, although many people love Duff’s (I prefer LaNova’s).

With a great selection of hotels, Buffalo offers families excellent accommodations, such as Country Inn and Suites by Radisson and Hilton hotels as well as VRBOs.

If you would like more things to do in Buffalo, check out my 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY post.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time with a terrific getaway.


Catskills Mountains, New York

There is something special about petting or hugging an alpaca. The South American animals are soft and friendly, so it adds to a fun experience of visiting an alpaca farm. Buck Brook Alpacas opened in 2013 in Sullivan County and offers public tours. Tours take up to 45 minutes and will introduce you to more than just hanging out with the pachyderm. You’ll learn about the process to shear the alpaca’s fiber, as well as see an Angora rabbit, a cousin to the alpaca.

Enjoy canoeing, rafting, tubing or kayaking on the river with Lander’s River Trips. You can join a tour at one of eight spots along the historic Delaware River. You can also reserve overnight camping as part of the water tour.

Become a farmer and stay at an actual working farm. Stony Creek Farmstead welcomes visitors who want to learn about farming. During the stay, you’ll spend nights in a well-appointed platform tent. In the mornings, you will help milk cows and pick eggs for breakfast. Stop at the farm store for a few more provisions and you can enjoy a farm-fresh meal. Farmers host guided tours of the farm on weekends.

If farm life is not for you, then consider spending nights at one of the local hotels or resorts, such as Cold Spring Lodge and Cabins.

Cooperstown, New York

Home to the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is about as a red-blooded American town as you find. The small community welcomes Hall of Fame visitors who come to see the busts and exhibits featuring the greatest players to take to the ball diamond. From Babe Ruth to Grover Cleveland Alexander to recent inductees like Chipper Jones and Jack Morris, the Hall of Fame offers a historical insight into America’s game. Down the street from the Hall of Fame fans can see life-size statues of some of their favorite players at the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum.

At the Fenimore Art Museum, view art exhibits, which share New Yorkers’ cultural heritage. Once home to a prominent family, the Fenimore House became a museum in the mid-1940s. With a majestic view of Otsego Lake, a walk around the mansion’s grounds is one to remember.

Travel back to the 19th century with a visit to The Farmer’s Museum. Located at a living history farm, you can enjoy a ride on a horse-drawn carriage while learning about early American farm life.

The Otesaga Resort Hotel provides a beautiful location to stay during your Cooperstown visit. Located next to the Otesaga Lake, the resort is just minutes from area attractions.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Lake George, New York

First of all: beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Offering magnificent views, you will likely want to spend most of your time outside when visiting Lake George. How about taking a bird’s eye view of the region with a trip down a zipline with Eagle Flyer? Taking off from the summit at French Mountain, you’ll travel 50 mph as you speed down about 1,000 feet while dangling just over 100 feet above the treetops. The breathtaking experience may leave you wanting a trip down the mountain.

While maybe not everyone in the family will be gung-ho for a zipline adventure, they will likely all go for a boat ride on Lake George. Rent a boat with Brodie’s Lakeside and you can enjoy a tour of the lake at your pace with either a speed boat or a pontoon boat. Rent a boat for half a day, a full day or a three-day visit.

With three boats available, you can decide what type of steamboat tour you would like to take with Lake George Steamboat Company. From a one-hour sightseeing tour to a lunch/dinner cruise to an island exploration cruise that covers the lake’s 32 miles, there’s a steamboat to meet your needs. With some of the oldest paddlewheel boats in the United States, a cruise with Lake George Steamboat is more than just a ride on the water, it is a trip through history.

Since the lake is the driving factor of any visit to Lake George, consider these resorts for your family’s accommodations – Trout House Village or the Lodges at Cresthaven.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Lake Placid, New York

Learn about not one, but two winter Olympics that Lake Placid hosted. While the 1980 Games may be more famous for the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States shocked the world by winning the gold medal in men’s ice hockey, the 1960 Olympics produced its fair share of great stories. Visitors can learn about the heroes and background stories of both Olympic events. The Olympic site also offers tours of attractions, such as the hockey arena and luge track. Now used as a training center, time your summer visit right and the family can watch Olympic hopefuls practice ski jumps in July and August. They speed down the ramp and soar high in the sky before landing on inflatable targets in a pool.

Take in a view of the Adirondacks with a visit to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. Standing nearly 5,000 above the ground you will witness a breath-taking view of the forests and the valley. Or, if you are interested in a more secluded area, along with a long hike, visit Mount Van Hovenberg, site of the luge and bobsled competitions during the 1980 Olympics. The view from about 2,900 feet completes a 4.5-mile round trip hike. Cascade Mountain provides an excellent day hiking activity for any family. Easily navigable, the mountain peak is perfect for a day trip.

Lake Placid is a great spot for water sports such as kayaking or canoeing. For the risk takers, whitewater rafting is available nearby. Boating is also available on the lake, ranging from classic wooden boats to motor boats. You can also enjoy water skiing, wake boarding or tubing on the water.

The area is home to nice accommodations to make your downtime enjoyable. From the Golden Arrow Lake Resort to Lake Placid Lodge, the area offers a range of hotels and resorts at affordable prices.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls has a plethora of activities and attractions for families beyond the falls themselves. While the Falls may be the most popular attraction in the area, a family visit is enhanced with a cruise about the Maid of the Mist. The tour boat will take you as close as humanly possible to the falls, short of jumping into a barrel going over the falls yourself. Ensure you don the water poncho as you board so you’re not soaked by the sprays of the water as you near the falls.

Seeking to educate visitors about the importance of sea life and its creatures, the Aquarium of Niagara is home to penguins, sea lions, seals and sharks, as well as other salt water and fresh water animals. The aquarium also offers personal encounters with the Humboldt penguins, seals and sea lions.

As the country’s oldest state park, Niagara Falls State Park allows people to get up-close to the water above the falls. You can explore Niagara Falls through the Cave of the Winds and feel the water pelt you at Bridal Veil Falls.

Take a step back into history with a visit to Old Fort Niagara. Established more than 200 years ago, the fort has served through several wars and contemptuous times in American history.

Finding the perfect family-friendly hotel is easy in Niagara Falls. You may want to consider spending your visit at the Four Points by Sheraton or the Sheraton Niagara Falls.

If you would like more things to do in Niagara Falls, check out my 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY post.

Rochester, New York

Catch a minor league baseball game during your visit to Rochester. Home to the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rochester Red Wings provides some of the most exciting baseball you will see in the minor leagues.

The Seneca Park Zoo is home to animals from the arctic, Africa, North America and Asia. From elephants and tigers to otters and polar bears, you can travel the world during a tour of the 20-acre zoo.

Dating back to the mid-1800s, the Seabreeze Amusement Park is one of the oldest parks in the United States. From roller coasters and log rides to splashing around in the waterpark, Seabreeze offers families an adventure they’ll long remember.

Considered one of the best in the nation, Dogtown serves hotdogs with names like Boston Terrier and St. Bernard. Each is created with fresh ingredients and locally-sourced bread.

Staybridge Suitesor the Homewood Suites are two of the dozens of family-friendly hotels to consider when planning your visit.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Saratoga Springs, New York

A historical landmark, Saratoga Race Course is the oldest race track in the United States and a must-see attraction for horse and horse racing fans. Its race season runs for six weeks beginning in July, so you can see some of the best thoroughbreds run for the victory. Across from the race track is the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. With notables like Man O War depicted in paintings, the museum also features collections of photographs and memorabilia. Outside the museum, a beautiful statue, Thoroughbred, greets visitors.

The Battle of Saratoga is remembered at the Saratoga National Historical Park. The Battle of Saratoga in 1777 was the site of the first known British surrender in military history. Monuments, trails, and living history reenactments are available during visits.

If the family is in the adventurous mood, head to Lake Luzerne, about 30 minutes north, and visit the Adirondack Adventure Center and take in outdoor activities, such as tubing on the lake or enjoying treetop obstacles and challenges, ziplines and – not for the faint of heart – a 65-foot freefall at the end of the challenge.

For a luxurious stay, visit the Pavilion Grand Hotel. If you prefer a more casual environment, consider the Adirondack Inn.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Syracuse, New York

Home to Onandoga Lake Park, families will enjoy spending time outdoors at the playgrounds and hiking four trails along a seven-mile stretch. A visit to the salt museum also provides an interesting experience.

Wonderworks Destiny is a mix of a science museum with an amusement park. Wonderworks’ interactive exhibits entice kids of all ages. With exhibits like an imagination lab, rope course and laser tag, try not to have a fun visit.

Rosamund Griffin Zoo is home to more than 700 animals at a 43-acre complex. With animals such as the ring-tailed lemur as well as penguins and elephants, the zoo has about 270 species of animals on display.

Syracuse-area family friendly hotels include the Homewood Suites and Maplewood Suites.

Summer is one the best seasons to enjoy the outdoors, and New York State is home to amazing places to spend that time with your family. From ziplining down mountains to retracing some of the country’s greatest sports accomplishments to life on the lake, your family is sure to find the perfect spot at which to spend your summertime vacation together. Have a great summer and enjoy the sights and sounds of New York State!

If you are looking for more things to do in New York State, check out these posts:

15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State – Halloween is a spooktacular time of year! Ghosts and goblins abound everywhere – and most especially in New York State. Spooky and fun family attractions your entire clan will love abound in this great state, so I have gotten together a list of my favorite 15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in NYS for you to visit and explore. Have a haunting good time.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


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365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!

365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

When I started this list on my old blog 10 years ago, I began with 75 listed items – nearly all cheap or free. Hubby and I thought about what we do in the area and listed those items. The following year, I called my uncle (who is a volunteer tour guide at the Historical Society), and he gave me a good 25 additional items. I had asked my father and grandfather for some ideas too, and I ended up with well over 100 things to do in (mostly) Buffalo.


A few years later I asked my brother and his wife (then fiancée) for more additions, and between their advice, my nieces and Sonny-boy, I was soon over 150 pretty inexpensive things to do in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Western New York. Along the way, suggestions came from readers about your favorite things to do in Buffalo, Niagara Falls or in the broader Western New York (more please!!)

Three years ago, I crossed 200 things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and two years ago 250 things to do in Buffalo and Western New York were listed! Hubby and I drive around the area, take in the sights, and have property in both Erie and Niagara Counties, so do a lotta local stuff. Last year, 300 things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York was achieved.

My goal was always 365 things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls – something to do every single day of the year – but nothing crazy expensive. I can easily give you a restaurant or concert that will cost you $500 for two, but let’s face it… that isn’t practical for most couples or families. This list is mainly affordable things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls (well, all of Western New York).

While the Western New York area may have a lousy winter reputation (and the best summer weather reputation in the continental US), the truth is there are many winter activities available in Western New York. From skiing to skating to snowmobiling and ice biking (yes, that is a real thing!), Western New York has a lot of things to do in the winter months, as well as summer months. And some people live for winter activities!

New York State is mostly rural. While many people think of it as a concrete jungle due to NYC, the truth is New York State is mostly farmland, forests, and waterways. While there are a plethora of indoor activities, New York State shines in the outdoor hiking, boating and sportsman areas.

I have tried to mix up this list adding more activities for adults as well as the family-friendly activities that this list has in abundance. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is a lot to do in Niagara Falls, New York, Buffalo, New York, and all of the Western New York area! Planning a visit to Niagara Falls, Buffalo or Western New York? Live in Niagara Falls, Buffalo or Western New York and searching for something new or different to do this weekend? Well, be sure to check out this extensive lists of things to do in Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York.

It is time for the 2019 edition of Things To Do In Buffalo and Niagara Falls with updated dates, new festivals, added landmarks, and more fun and attractions for the whole family to enjoy! Last year, I added a few wineries. While I have had the photos for Niagara county winery tastings and tours for several years now, I have yet to post them (and yet, I post a LOT of Finger Lakes Winery tasting and tours posts – smh). It may be a while before I get to the Niagara County Winery List (and the party bus aspect of it! Oh the fun we have had on wine touring party buses) – and I do have breweries on the list – so I figured – why not share some of my favorite Niagara County Wineries on this list?

If you are making a trip to Niagara Falls, don’t neglect the rest of Western New York. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful area, that this list of 365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY is just the tip of those wonderful places, spaces, and activities.

When people say “Buffalo”, they are usually referring to the eight counties of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegheny counties). There are so many things to do in Western New York that I cannot possibly list them all. I am once again concentrating on Erie and Niagara County, New York. At the end of this post, I do list some popular area attractions outside these two counties under “other” (and it is growing every year!) If you have anything you would like to see added to this list for Western New York attractions, please leave a comment and I will update the list!

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


Buffalo, New York Places to Visit and Explore

• Buffalo Architecture – known worldwide for its world class architecture, Buffalo is an architectophile’s dream from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse to his Darwin Martin House along with the Preservationist Tours offered of Buffalo’s City Hall (with its great observation deck), the Richardson-Olmsted Complex (the old psych center) to Millionaire Row on Delaware Ave, there are hundreds of turn of the 20th century buildings to be viewed in Buffalo in the surrounding areas. If you are interested, the Hotel at the Lafayette was restored a few years ago at a cost of over 40 million dollars. Buffalo Architecture is so outstanding, the National Preservation Conference was held in the city in October 2011 to rave reviews! This is an excellent list of architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo and those that give indoor tours.

Albright Knox Art Gallery – This is a world class modern art museum. Click here for free admission dates and events.

Big Ditch Brewing Co – they do give tours. Contact the brewing company for times.

Bike Friendly – If you like to Bike, Buffalo, NY is a very bicycle friendly city. There are dedicated bike lanes all over. Buffalo is currently listed as a Bronze Level bicycle-friendly city by the League of American Bicyclists. Read more at Go Bike Buffalo. Apparently, Buffalo hosts one of the largest tweed rides outside of England.

• Bird Island Pier (aka Nowak Pier) – of all the area bucket-list things I have left to do, this is #1. You have to walk out when the water is a bit low and not overflowing the less built-up portions. Access is from Ferry St. This blog post offers up photos of what to expect.

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens
They also host the Starry Night Gardens June 27 and 28 2019

The Broadway Market – established in 1888 on Buffalo’s East Side, the Broadway Market is jammed full of people Easter and Christmas week. Whatever you do, I do not advise going on Good Friday. Did that once, never again… wow the crowds!

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society – This is the only non government entity owning a presidential assassin weapon. While it is on permanent display, it is viewed by request only. Admission is free the third Friday of every month courtesy of M&T Bank

Buffalo Audubon Society Check out their calendar of events for organized activities for adults and for children.

Buffalo Bites Food Tours – three-hour guided a walking tour of the Elmwood Village where you will eat delicious samples from local eateries and explore the exquisite architecture, history and present-day vibrancy of this neighborhood. This delicious and memorable experience will entice you to come back to the Elmwood Village.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens Check out their calendar of events for organized activities for adults and for children.

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese Gardens in Delaware Park (behind the Historical Museum)

Buffalo Distilling Co – They make Polish Krupnik. Tastings, Tours, OneFootCocktails, Kitchen & Retail. Check the website for hours.
860 Seneca Street Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Film Seminars

Buffalo Fire Museum – 1850 William Street Buffalo, NY 14206

Buffalo Garden Walk – July 27, 2019, 10am-4pm – huh. Apparently, this has really “become something” and is considered by many in the Garden Tourism Industry as one of the top-walks in North America. I guess when you live in the area, you just take these things for granted. “In its 24th year, more than 65,000 guests from the U.S., Canada and beyond, will visit more than 400 creative urban gardens!”

Buffalo Harbor Museum

Buffalo Lighthouse

Buffalo Museum of Science – a year-round pass is the most economical way to see the Science Museum. Twice and it is paid for!

Buffalo Naval Park The USS Sullivans made my list as one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State.

Buffalo Pedal Tours – Green Powered Bike Tours

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Buffalo Religious Arts Center

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


Buffalo Riverworks – 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo NY, 14203 – so much starts here! From hockey to concerts and events, Buffalo Riverworks is really happening!
• Note: you can also take a tour of the Riverworks Brewery

Buffalo Saturday Artisan Market – note this is on hiatus for 2019 while the Canalside boardwalk and other development projects are being constructed. Try the Bidwell Market instead this year. It pretty much takes up the entire center of Bidwell Parkway starting at Elmwood and going west. You’re best bet is to park on Chapin and walk a block.
May through November at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Buffalo Touring Company – Segway Tours

Buffalo Zoo – This is the third oldest zoo in the country.

Burchfield Penny Art Center – Across the street from the Albright Knox, it has really come into its own in recent years.

Canalside
– Arts & Culture
– Artisan Market in the Winter Village at Canalside Thursday and Friday from 2:00-8:00, every Saturday from 11:00-5:00, and every Sunday from 12:00-6:00.
– Celebrations & Festivals
Music & Concerts
Family Friendly Calendar of Events

Central Terminal Tours – This is the old train station on the East Side. If you have never seen it, I urge you to take the opportunity and see what this Art Deco train station built just before the Depression began, looks like. My brother recently took the haunted tour and liked it (I am trying to get him to write it up for the blog).

Chateau Buffalo – wine tastings in Buffalo. This is in the Niagara-Frontier-Food-Terminal, across from the Clinton Market, so you will want to do some fruit and vegetable shopping while in the area.
– 1500 Clinton Street, 175 Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, Buffalo, NY 14206

• The Colored Musicians Club – According to my uncle (who frequents the club), your best night to go is Sunday at 8 PM. The other bands listed are practice sessions. You go in the door on the far left. Ring the “doorbell” buzzer and wait for the “click” then pull. Plenty of parking in the area.

Community Beer Works – Buffalo’s first nanobrewery. If you’d like a tour, here are the tour details.

Downtown Country Market – Tuesdays and Thursdays, May – October on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Buffalo (Main between Court & Church Streets)

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


E. M. Cotter – the oldest active fireboat in the world. Tours of the boat are by appointment only.

Erie Basin Marina and Erie Basin Marina Gardens

Erie Canal Harbor

Explore Buffalo offers: Bus tours, Kayak tours, Bike tours, History courses, etc This is the Calendar of events. You can save money (if you plan on taking a lot of tours) with the explorer pass.

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


Forest Lawn Cemetery Tours – Notable graves include US President Millard Fillmore, Seneca Indian Chief Red Jacket, as well as Song Writer Rick James. Fascinating and beautiful. Also see Blue Sky Mausoleum

Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse – Buffalo rowing boathouse on the Black Rock Canal. Photos are allowed inside and out.

Grain Elevators

Flying Bison Brewery Tours – Thursdays and Fridays @ 6pm, and Saturdays at 1pm & 4pm

Forgotten Buffalo Bus Tour

Founding Father’s Pub – Trivia Night, the first Tuesday of every month!
75 Edward Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Harbor Center – 100 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY. Open public skating and open hockey is open year round. There are a lot of tournamnts, College hockey teams, hockey leagues, NHL Combine, NHL Draft, NHL Coacing Clinics and more held at the Harbor Center. Times for open skates are listed here, or call the Harbor Center.

Ice Bikes – Combines the activity of riding a bike along with the ability to perform this feat while on the surface of the ice. Ice Bikes of Buffalo will give you a way to participate on the ice if you are not the best on ice skates.

Irish Classical Theatre Company – 625 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Iron Island Museum Considered one of the Top 10 Spooky Places to Visit in New York State This is not considered kid friendly as there are confirmed sightings by Ghost Hunters, Ghost Lab, My Ghost Story, etc. In other words, it is haunted.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum – is the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. There are 14 museums are located in 12 cities (Buffalo has 2 of the museums) 220 North Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 and 453 Porter Ave. Buffalo, New York 14201

Kleinhans Music Hall

Larkin Square Food Truck Tuesday

Live at Larkin Summer Concerts – KeyBank Live at Larkin Wednesday evening concerts during the summer from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (food trucks will also be available during the event)

Movies in the Meadow – Fridays in August, movies begin at dusk in Delaware Park behind the Parkside Lodge (84 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214).

The Museum of disABILITY History

Nash House Museum – 36 Nash St, Buffalo, NY 14204, Open Thursday and Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm

New Era Cap Flagship Store – the store has a decent amount of sports memorabilia if you are into looking at that sort of stuff.

North Buffalo Ice Rink – public skating daily, limited skate rental available.
156 Tacoma Avenue, Buffalo NY 14216

Olmsted Park System – Golf courses, running tracks, tennis courts, Japanese Gardens on Mirror Lake, swing sets and more. You name it and the Olmsted Park system has it.

Outer Harbor Concerts The easiest access is with a water taxi.

Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour

Pierce Arrow Museum My father and grandfather both raved about this place! Apparently, it is a showcase for old Pierce-Arrows (duh) as well as early automotive inventions.

Port of Buffalo

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Tours

• President William McKinley Memorial Plaque – it is literally a plaque on a stone in the middle of a median near 35 Fordham Drive (street across from McKinley High School) to commemorate where President McKinley was shot.

Pumping Station Pump House Tour – People come from all over the world for this one!

Resurgence Brewing Co. – They do offer brewery tours if booked in advance for a fee.

Richardson Olmsted Complex – join their mailing list for tour and date events.

Rotary Rink – outdoor ice skating at Fountaiin Plaza

Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances are free (bring a lawn chair or blanket).

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Fabulous Feast! – Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (Rich’s Atrium)

Shea’s Performing Arts Center – this year’s events range from the Rent to The Book of Mormon to Jersey Boys to Les Miserables

St Joseph Cathedral located at 50 Franklin Street, is currently the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

St Louis Church – 780 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 My grandfather was buried from St Louis. My niece was just christened here. The photos online just do not do it justice. If you are on an architectural or religious tour of Buffalo, make certain to stop in. It is simply breathtaking.

Cofeld Judaic Museum of Temple Beth Zion – 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site – aka the Wilcox Mansion. This is where Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated after William McKinley was assassinated during the Pan American Exposition in 1901. Museum visits are by guided tour only.

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• The Tiki Tours are booked out of Riverworks. When I first saw this, I knew I’d have to do it sometime! I have not yet gotten there, but it is on the “to do” list.

Tifft Farm Nature Preserve

UB Anderson Gallery – Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214

Underground Railroad Tours – Trace the route black slaves used to make their way to freedom in Canada (remember if you plan on going into Canada you need a passport or enhanced driver’s license). Driving tour.

War of 1812 Tour – Trace the group action during the war of 1812. This includes the US and Canadian destinations (remember if you plan on going to Canada you need a passport or enhanced driver’s license). Driving tour.

Buffalo Area Dog Parks

The Barkyard – off-leash dog park located in LaSalle Park’s Off-Leash Area, Buffalo, NY. This is great for people with poochies who may live in condos or have small-ish backyards in the city. Be sure to read and follow the rules.

The Paw Park – Amherst Off-Leash Dog Park – loacted at 550 Smith Road, Amherst, NY. Visit the site for the rules.

Ellicott Creek Island Bark Park – 1 Ellicott Creek Dr.| Tonawanda, NY 14150 – this is on the small island and I often see the dogs sliding down the hill into the creek in the summer.

Lewiston Dog Park – Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park
Lewiston, New York 14092

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Buffalo Area Festivals

While there is a festival (or three) every weekend in the city of Buffalo and surrounding areas, these are a few of note are:

Allentown Art Festival – Saturday June 8th & Sunday 9th, 2019, (10am – 6pm) – get there early, this one gets crowded! Here are some of my Allentown Art Festival finds!

Taste of Buffalo – July 13th (11am-9pm) and 14th, 2018 (11am-7pm)
– Delaware Avenue, Downtown Buffalo
– From Chippewa Street to Niagara Square

National Chicken Wing Festival
Labor Day Weekend in Buffalo, NY
Saturday, Aug. 31st noon – 9pm
Sunday, Sept. 1st noon – 7pm

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Buffalo Water Activities

Buffalo Cycle Boats – Buffalo CycleBoats is a perfect unique boating experience for any occasion. There is a 15 passenger boat, pedal, relax and enjoy the scenic Downtown Buffalo waterways.

Buffalo Harbor Cruises

Buffalo Lighthouse – One of the oldest structures on the Great Lakes, the 1833 Buffalo Light is a beautifully resilient monument to Buffalo’s maritime history. Cooperation between the city, the US Coast Guard, and the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, Lighthouse Point Park resulted in the tours of the lighthouse resuming. This is one I would check their Facebook page to find out new tours and events.

Buffalo River History Tours

• Buffalo Water Taxis are being operated by Queen City Ferry

Catamaran

Grand Lady Cruises

Hoyt Lake Rowboats – Delaware Park Lake

Ice Bikes Single Rider $12 per half hour, located on the site of the old Memorial Auditorium

Kayaking

Queen City Ferry Company – Narrated Buffalo River History Tours are available daily from 10:30am-12pm for $14 adults and $10 for children.

Spirit of Buffalo – day and evening cruises on a classic 73 foot topsail schooner.

Tall Ships! July 4-7, 2019

Water Bikes

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Things to do in Erie County

Akron Acres – open for spring and fall school tours, has a country store, and is available for private events.
12607 Stage Road Akron, NY 14001

Akron Falls – my niece was appauled I didn’t have this on the list (she got engaged there a few years ago – they love the place)

• Alpaca Odyssey – Tours (individual or group) are by appointment only– 2 to 3 weeks notice
8100 Marble Road, Akron, NY 14001

Amherst State Park – 400 Mill Street in Amherst
Fishing – Amherst State Park
Nature View Park – Amherst

Baird Point/Lake Lasalle – UB Amherst

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village aka Amherst Museum
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 14228

• Cheektowaga Historical Museum – 3329 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227, Open Sunday 2-4pm

Chestnut Ridge Park – with the Eternal Flames Trail and Eternal Flame Falls.

Clarence Escarpment Sanctuary – a small nature trail (I drive by this all the time! It is so pretty!)
9575 Greiner Rd, Clarence, NY 14031

Clarence History Museum – VERY limited hours.

Eden Corn Festival – August 1-4 2019

Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum – 363 Oakwood Avenue
East Aurora, NY 14052 Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June – October. Tours begin at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 pm

Erie County Fair – August 7-18, 2019 this is the third largest county fair in the US, 10th largest fair in North America

Erie County Fishing Map – places to fish in Erie county

Erie County Wine Trail

Explore & More Children’s Museum 300 Gleed Ave East Aurora, NY 14052

• The 43,000 sq foot Explore & More Children’s Museum on the Buffalo Waterfront

Father Baker Museum – lower level of the Basilica

Great Baehre Swamp Wildlife Management Area – hiking, trapping, and wildlife observation.
The primary purposes of Great Baehre Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This 270-acre WMA is located adjacent to the Town of Amherst’s Conservation Park. The area consists of nearly 260 acres of shrub swamp, emergent marsh, and open water wetlands and approximately 10 acres of brush and grassland.

• Golf Domes: (for those that need to wack that poor little ball year-round)
Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome – 175 Brompton Rd. Tonawanda, NY 14150
The Dome – 8230 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 (it is actually in Clarence, it just has the ever-popular Williamsville zip code)

Glen Park 5565 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 No pets (which is sad). This is a beautiful little park located on Main Street in Williamsville.

Graycliff

Hamburg Brewing Company – tours are available for a $15 fee, first come, first served (haha, get it!?)

Healthy Zone Rink – roller hockey, ice hockey, skating
41 Riley St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Holland Speedway – NASCAR Races

• Hot Air Balloon Rides
My grandfather took a hot air balloon ride for his 88th birthday. Ummm well, he was braver than I am!
Aurora Ballon Company
Sky Sail (Ashville, New York)

Hull Family Home & Farmstead
5976 Genesee St, Lancaster, NY 14086
A visit to the Hull Family Home & Farmstead will take you back in time to hear the many stories that can be told about the house, the family and the historic events that took place in the early 19th century. You can return time and again to observe the progress of the restoration of this landmark, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and is also on the New York State Register of Historic Sites. Visit us and learn the stories from first-person interpreters and through interactive experiences – in 19th-century fashion!

Kazoo Factory – I think this is something to encourage your school to plan a field trip rather than you taking a day with the kids. However, if you are passing by Eden, it is interesting.

Kelkenberg Farm – Clarence Center… they have had farm tours for a loooong time. Heck, I went with Sonny-boy’s kindergarten class 25 years ago!

Knox Farm State Park – this is the former country estate of the Knox Family. 633 acres, Household pets only; on a leash, not more than 6 feet.
437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY 14052

Lancaster Opera House

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway

The Lackawanna Steel Plant Museum

Made in the America Store – This is the only brick and mortar general merchandise store in the U.S. that sells exclusively 100% American made products. The story is interesting – the manufacturers need to send along certificates that all ingredients, components, the packaging, the glue for the boxes – everything to do with the product need to be made in the USA. This is my trip to the main Made in America Store. They now have more locations, including the Eastern Hills Mall, Galleria, Blvd Mall, McKinley Mall and one in Niagara Falls.

the Marilla Country Store – open contunously for retail operartions since 1851 (museum attached).

Maple Syrup Tours – there are 438 Maple Syrup producers listed on the NYS Maple Syrup website. Many bigger producers have tours. You really have to enter your zip code for what is in your area. Tree tapping is big business as well as hobby-business in NYS. Heck, the people who used to watch our dog Max when we go on vacation tap their front trees, and they live about 5 miles from us!!

Martin’s Fantasy Island – Amusement Park

• Memorial Continental Flight 3407 – this is a memorial of the victims of passenger flight 3407 from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York, which crashed on February 12, 2009, in Clarence Center, NY (50 fatalities, 49 from the flight, 1 on the ground). There were no survivors.
6038 Long St, Clarence Center, NY 14032

Millard Fillmore Presidential Site – 24 Shearer Avenue
– East Aurora, NY 14052 Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June – October. Tours begin at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 pm

Our Lady of Victory – National Shrine and Basilica
767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center – 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043

The Roycroft Inn

Sugar Shack – A working maple syrup production facility (sugar shack) and a working sawmill are also located here. These facilities are open to public tours and demonstrations when in season (free, permit required).

Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area – recreational observation – no hunting or trapping
Clarence, Erie County

Vidler’s 5 and 10 – yeah I know it is a store but it is super cool… and besides East Aurora works really hard at quaint, and succeeds!

Western New York Railway Historical Society – depots in Orchard Park and Williamsville

Western New York Snowmobile Club

Williamsville Water Mill – no longer working, but it is on the backside of Glen Park. Sweet Jenny moved into the space, and that is worth the stop!

Buffalo Area Beaches

Beaver Island State Park

Bennett Beach

Evengola State Park
Evengola Surf Report

Lake Erie Beach Park – no pets
Lake Erie Beach Park Surf Report

Gallagher Beach – Outer Harbor, Buffalo, NY

Hamburg Beach
Hamburg Beach Surf Report

Wendt Beach
Wendt Beach Surf Report

Woodlawn Beach
Woodlawn Beach Surf Report

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Things to do in Niagara Falls

One of the things locals do is use the Falls as a place where you take visitors. Relatives coming into town? Niagara Falls. Old college roommate visiting? Niagara Falls? it simply is something we take for granted which is criminal as it is simply stupendous. There are not enough superlatives to describe the magnificence of Niagara Falls.

Sooooo when I first began this blog I made it my mission to head up there once per season and take some photos to share. The links below are those photographs. If you are local, go visit Niagara Falls soon! And if you are from out of town, do make it a regional priority to visit.

BIG NEW NOTE: The toll bridges on Grand Island have come down. However, there is still a toll. If you have an e-zpass it will be deducted from your e-zpass balance (just as if you went through a toll booth). If you do not have an e-zpass the registered driver of the vehicle will be mailed a bill. More details here. You can easily get to Niagara Falls by using Military/River Road/Niagara Falls Blvd and avoiding a toll altogether, but the vast majority of the people driving to Niagara Falls from points west or east drive over Grand Island.

Niagara Falls Spring, 2013
Niagara Falls Summer 2013
Niagara Falls Autumn 2013
Niagara Falls Winter 2014
Niagara Falls at Night (from 2016)

The Falls – Raise your hand if the only time you go is when out of town company arrives. Take a day trip and see how truly majestic The Falls are, and stay for the night-time lighting.

• If you have a passport or enhanced driver’s license something fun to do is walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada. I believe the cost is still $2. When you do, the flags denotes the border between the US and Canada. Take your picture with one foot in the US, and the other foot in Canada. Sure it is touristy, but it is also kinda neat!

Cave of Winds – Prepare to be soaked!

Das Haus und Der Stahl, also known as Das Haus Museum, are a small campus of buildings containing artifacts that represent the early years of German Lutheran settlers in Western New York originating from Prussia in northern Germany.
2549 Niagara Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Devil’s Hole State Park

Goat Island – Take the walk to see the Bridal Veil up close, as well as the American and Canadian Falls. Goat Island is the oldest state park in the US. Goat Island Photographs

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Maid of the Mist – You must go at least once in your life!

Niagara Adventure Theater – You can click here for more information.

Niagara Aerospace Museum – here is a bit about the collections. (Note: this is no where near the Falls, it is by the Niagara Falls Airport.)
9990 Porter Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Niagara Falls Aquarium

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – cooking classes! When we took the class, there was a couple from Maryland there too. So, not that odd for an out-of-towner to do.

Niagara Falls Park, Goat Island and Three Sisters Islands pictures

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center – 200 Robert Moses Pkwy N., Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Note: the GPS address may now be different. The state dug it up and is now calling it the “Niagara Scenic Parkway”, but it is still in the same location. 😉

Niagara Scenic Trolley
This guided Niagara Falls Trolley gives passengers an overview of the park and offers historical anecdotes, fun facts, and tips for checking out the park’s most popular attractions.

Niagara Power Project Vista

Niagara Wax Museum
303 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Oakwood Cemetery
Calendar of Events offering Tours. There is a list of the residents on the website, including Annie Edson Taylor (first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive).
763 Portage Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Observation Tower

Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours
454 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY

Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier
The Museum is open 1:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturdays only during the months of June, July and August.
111 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda, NY

Three Sisters Islands

Top of the Falls Restaurant

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirpool State Park – My father took us hiking here a lot when we were kids. I didn’t know there were stairs until I was ohhhh 21 or so…

Click here for more Niagara Falls attractions.

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Things to do in Niagara County

Art Park – 450 South 4th Street, Lewiston, NY 14092

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima – 1023 Swann Rd, Lewiston, NY. My grandparents would go monthly. They thought the Basilica was beautiful.

Becker Farms – apple picking, hay rides, corn maze, wedding, and more. Becker Farms is no longer cheap, but it is an entertaining day for the entire family.

• Bedford Beach, Somerset, New York

Castellani Art Museum – 5795 Lewiston Rd, Niagara Univ, NY 14109

Golden Hill State Park

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum – 180 Thompson St. North Tonawanda. Open Wednesday through Sunday from Noon until 4PM.

Niagara County Historical Society – The Outwater Memorial Building, 215 Niagara Street, Lockport, NY, is the headquarters for the Niagara County Historical Society. This 1863 brick home features a Victorian Parlor, Historic Pantry, Old Toy Room, the Civil War Room and a Changing Exhibit Room. The Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church Street, and Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario Street, are also part of the Niagara County Historical Society museum organization.

Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara located in the Castellani Art Museum

Joseph Davis State Park – fields, fishing, ponds. Household pets only (6ft lease or in a crate), pets are not allowed in buildings.

Lewiston Art Festival – Saturday August 10th (10-6) and Sunday August 11, 2019 (10-5)

Lewiston Food Tour

Lockport & Erie Canal Tours – Warning, this really is a slow boat!

Lockport Locks Heritage District
Lock Tenders Tribute Monument
Locks District Museum
Riley’s Way Walking Tour

Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride They are now offering a zipline across the canal.

Marble Orchard Historic Walking Tours – Lewiston, NY

New York Beer Project 6933 Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094 For “insider information:, visit their blog.

Niagara Country Fair – July 31st-August 4th, 2019
4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78) Lockport NY 14094

Niagara River Fishing – my cousin came up a few years ago to salmon fish. Apparently, the lower Niagara River is BIG salmon fishing in the United States. Who knew!? Here is the lower Niagara River fishing access map.

Western New York Fishing Competitions
Test your angling skills in the several local and national fishing competitions and derbies in Olcott Beach and Newfane, New York. Have fun fishing and make some money while doing it. – There are more locations than Olcott and Newfane on the list – there are 18 fishing tournaments in all.

Niagara County Snowmobile Clubs – join one of these and stop trying to cut through Hubby’s hunting land. Snowmobiling when it is a hunting season and there are “posted” signs in areas that are not your property, and cutting through fences so you can snowmobile, is just plain stupid. The snowmobile club of Niagara County will definitely tell you where it is safe, and allowable, to snowmobile.

New York Beer Project – They give weekend tours for $10 a head, 5 tastes of NYBP beers.

Newfane Historical Society
– Van Horn Mansion – 2165 Lockport-Olcott Rd. Burt, NY 14028
– Country Village – 2685 West Creek Rd. Newfane, NY 14108

North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens
1825 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120

North Tonawanda History Museum – I’d call them before heading over. Without getting into too much gossip, they looked at one of Hubby’s properties for a new location. I have no idea where they are based these days.

Olcott Beach – Cute shops, a beach and an adjacent park to picnic. I honestly can’t imagine swimming there as Lake Ontario is never warm! Don’t forget Krull Park

Olcott Beach Carousel Park – 25¢ rides

Olcott Pirate Festival – July 12 – 15, 2019
Friday, 6pm – 12am
Saturday, noon – 12am
Sunday, noon – 6pm
The Festival has free admission and free parking. Tickets for the rides are $1 for 1 ticket, $15 for 20 tickets, $30 for 45 tickets, $19 for a wristband. Ride wristbands are usable for the day on which they were purchased. Family meal plans are available.

• Olcott Beach and Newfane have a new Calendar of Events that is really comprehensive!

Old Fort Niagara – I’ve gone during the spring, summer and for the haunting in late October. Old Fort Niagara made my list as one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State.

Ransomville Speedway – stockcar racing

Reservoir State Park – part of the park is an overlook for the Robert Moses Power Plant Reservoir. Fishing allowed.
Town of Niagara Route 31

Sanborn Area Historical Society
– The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 2822 Niagara Street. Sanborn, NY.
– The Farm Museum is located at 2660 Saunders Settlement Road (Route 31). Sanborn, NY.

Town of Somerset New York Historical Society Babcock House Museum
7449 Lake Road, Appleton, NY 14008

Transit Drive-in – with a bit over 300 drive-ins left in the United States, there are two in Western New York. The Transit Drive-in has five screens, is the largest drive-in theater in NYS, and is located at 6655 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094. The website recommends arriving an hour early due to lines. As someone who has driven by on a Friday and Saturday evening only to see the line to get in backed-up a mile or so, I agree with that recommendation! Sonny-boy still goes to the drive-in fairly frequently and says the Transit Drive-in is still a great experience.

• The second drive-in sill available in WNY is the Sunset Drive-in located at 9950 Telegraph Rd, Middleport, NY 14105. Three screens, operational since 1950!

Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse located in Golden Hill State Park

Tiffany Window Tour
First Presbyterian Church
21 Church Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Tiffany Windows tours take place year round by appointment and during the summer months Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please call or email at least 48 hours in advance to schedule these tours (but we would prefer a week’s notice). You are welcome to attend our worship services and take a self-guided tour after the worship service has concluded! Worship services take place at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., except in July and August when they take place at 10:00 a.m.

Whirpool Jet Boat Tour – a tour of the Niagara River (NOT Niagara Falls)

Wilson-Tuscarora State Park – 476.5 acres of mature woods, open meadows and marshland

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Niagara County Wineries

Here are a list of wineries that are listed on the Niagara Wine Trail The ones listed are some of my (or my wine tasting buddies) favorites.

Freedom Run Winery – of the approximately 15 Niagara County Wineries I have visited, this is my favorite. It also happens to be the closest winery to where I live – pretty convenient! My favorite is the Meritage Appassimento Estate. Very, very nice wine. The set-up is very nice, and they offer a limited menu of food.
5138 Lower Mountain Rd, Lockport, NY 14094
Consult website for the hours as they vary by season.

Victorianbourg Wine Estate – do not let the exterior fool you, this is a hidden gem of a winery. Mobbed everytime we go, they offer some light selections at very reasonable prices.
4402 East Lake Road Wilson, NY 14172
Consult website for hours

A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard – they do some mulled wine type items, by the glass as well as tasting. While not a personal favorite, we have friends who simply adore this winery so we stop whenever we go on a wine tasting hop with them.
4515 Baer Rd, Ransomville, NY 14131
Consult website for the hours as they vary by season.

Black Willow Winery – wine and mead. They do wine and chocolate pairings and you can just purchase the truffles if you like (which we have done).
5565 West Lake Road
Burt, NY 14028

Midnight Run Wine Cellars – they have a lot of special events at the winery.
3301 Braley Road Ransomville, NY 14131
Consult website for the hours – parties of 10+ need reservations.

Niagara USA Wine Festival 11th annual fesitival, July 27-28, 2019
Lewiston, NY

• The Niagara County Hollowine Tour October 19-20, 2019
Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm,
Sunday 12pm-5pm

WNY Garden Tours

I went to Plantasia this year and they were all about the garden walks (well, and selling stuff… which I LOVED!!)

These garden tours are generally free and self-guided. Some ask for a small donation, but as with all donation, it is not required. Click on the website for areas, times, and any updates.

The Buffalo Garden Party July 27, 2019 ($20)

Buffalo Black Rock Garden Tour July 27 and 28, 2019 (10-4pm)

Buffalo East Side Garden WalkJuly 20, 2019, (10am–3 pm)

Garden Walk Buffalo July 27 and 28, 2019 (10-4pm)

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk Buffalo (UB area) July 13, 2019 (10-4pm)

City of Tonawanda Garden Walk July 13, 2019

Amherst Garden Walk July 6, 2019 (10-4pm)

Grand Island Garden Walk July 7, 2019 (10-4pm)

Hamburg Garden Walk July 13 and 14, 2019 (10-4pm) rain or shine

Ken-Ton Garden Tour July 20 and 21, 2019

Lancaster Garden Walk
Friday, July 19, 2019 from 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday July 21, 2019 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Lewiston GardenFest June 15 and 16, 2019

Lockport in Bloom July 13 and 14, 2019

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View July 7, 2019 (10-4pm)

Springville Concord Garden Club Walk July 13, 2019

• West Seneca Garden & Home Tour July 20 and 21,2019 (10-4pm)

Village of Williamsville Garden Walk July 20, 2019

Professional Sports Teams

Buffalo Bandits (Lacrosse)

Buffalo Bills (Football)

Buffalo Bisons (AAA Baseball)

Buffalo Sabres (Hockey)

365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!


Other WNY Counties

Alabama Swamps now known as the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Here are the swamp trail maps, and here they are in pdf form.

Allegany County Fair – July 15th – 20th, 2019

Allegany State Park

Allen Lake State Forest – the 2,421-acre Allen Lake State Forest features a 58-acre Allen Lake, hiking trails, camping, fishing, boating, and more!

Allenberg Bog – also known as Waterman’s Swamp, Congdon’s Pond, and Owlenburg Bog located on the border of Napoli and New Albion, New York in Cattaraugus County. 390 acres, includes two glacial kettle ponds with bogs, walking trails, and er, bogs.

Amish Trail and Mennonite Stores:
Check out these two stores:
– Miller’s Bulk Food and Bakery – 10858 Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103 (the bacon is $2.49 a pound and sooo good!)
Lantz Bulk Foods – 5673 State Route 20A E. Warsaw, NY 14569 (I have a GIANT, cheap collection of special decorative baking sugars and sprinkles!)

Arcade & Attica Railroad – We went yearly when Sonny-boy was young – he absolutely loved it!

Attica Rodeo

Audubon Community Nature Center – 600-acre wetland preserve that includes over five miles of trails, a native tree arboretum, picnic areas, a natural play space, and educational gardens for you to explore daily from dawn until dusk.
1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701

Beaver Meadow – 324-acre nature preserve in North Java, NY.

Bemus Point – Stowe Ferry – Traversing Chautauqua Lake for over 200 years, the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry is a slow, scenic way to cross the lake by car, motorcycle or on foot. 4-9 on Friday evenings, 1-9 Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 on holidays.

Busti Apple Festival – September 29, 2019 (11am-5pm)

Cattaraugus County Enchanted Mountains

Cattaraugus County Fair – July 28th – August 4th, 2019
501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY

Chautauqua Belle – Steamship, Pirate, Fireworks and Cocktail Cruises

Chautauqua County Fair July 15th – 21st, 2019
Dunkirk, NY (opens at 9am)

Chautauqua County Historical Society and McClurg Museum

Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

Chautauqua Institute

Darien Lake – There is an amusement park, concerts and camping.

Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum

Ellicottville Brewing Co. – To take a tour, click here Brewery Tours Friday-Sundays, Noon, 2pm and 4pm.
28 Monroe St. Ellicottville, NY 14731

Ellicottville Distillery – corn whiskey and vodka. To take a tour contact them.
5462 Robbins Road Ellicottville, NY 14731

Ellicottville Historic Walking Tour – self guided and free.

Ellicottville Rodeo – The Ellicottville Championship Rode
July 4 – July 6th at 7PM with fireworks.
July 7th at 2 PM. (Gates open 2 hours prior to each rodeo)
6319 Sommerville Valley Road, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Ellicottville’s Fall Festival – October 12th and 13th, 2019
– Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY

Fenton History Center
67 Washington Street in Jamestown, New York

Genesee County Fair – July 13th – July 20th 2019
5056 East Main Road Batavia, NY 14020

Genesee County Village and Museum

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Park & Sanctuary is the World’s largest waterfowl sanctuary. 5067 Lindsley Rd, West Valley, NY 14171

Griffis Sculpture Park open from May 1 to October 31, dawn to dusk.
6902 Mill Valley Road, East Otto, NY 14729

Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area – Hanging Bog WMA is located approximately 6 miles north of the Village of Cuba in Allegany County. The landscape is made up of rolling hills, extensive forests, and small fields.

Hidden Valley Adventure Animal Park – 2887 Royce Rd, Varysburg, NY 14167 This is the Wild Game Safari Tours Calendar

Holland Land Office Museum

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (Alabama Swamps)

Jamestown Audubon Nature Center

Jell-O Gallery – the Jell-O Museum because Jello-O was invented here.

Letchworth State Park – Absolutely beautiful. Here are my Letchworth State Park photographs.
Balloon Rides over Letchworth

LeRoy Historical Society where you can visit the Jell-O Museum/Gallery

Lily Dale – also make my list of Top 10 Spooky Places to Visit in New York State.

Lucile M. Wright Air Museum
300 N Main St, Jamestown, New York 14701

Lucy- Desi Museum – because Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, NY.

Medina Railroad Museum

Midway State Park – Rides & Arcade

Nannen Arboretum – trails, herb garden, nature gardens, Ryoanji Temple Stone Garden, and nature sanctuary.
– 28 Parkside Drive PO Box 1016 Ellicottville, NY 14731

National Comedy CenterThe National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, is the first state-of-the-art museum dedicated to telling the vital story of comedy in America. More than 50 immersive exhibits take visitors on an interactive journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes.
203 West Second Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

NYS Leaf Peeping Report

City of Olean Public Ice Skating – limited rental skates, learn to skate program

Orleans County 4-H Fair – July 22-27, 2019
12690 Route 31 Albion, NY 14411

Panama Rocks – A half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest!

Pfeiffer Nature Center

Rock City Park – 505 Route 16 South, Olean, NY. 14760

Roger Tory Peterson Insitute of Natural History – connects people with nature through Art, Education and Conservation
– 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

• Salamanca Rail Museum – 170 N Main St, Salamanca, NY 14779

Seaway Trail – Here’s a map of how little or how much you can travel it.

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum – 814 Broad Street, Salamanca, NY 14779

Sprague’s Maple Farms Tours 1048 RT 305, Portville, NY 14770

Udderly TopNotch Nigerian Dwarf Goat Farm
3995 Bucktooth Run Rd, Little Valley, NY 14755

Wyoming County Fair – Saturday, August 10-August 17,2019
Wyoming County Fairgrounds
RT 39
Livestock Barn
Pike , NY 14130

Zoar Valley – If you are into hiking, this is a great place.

Western New York Skiing and Snowboarding Places

Bristol Mountain – (this is actually outside of Western NY, but why not?)
5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Buffalo Ski Club – members only.
7414 State Road, Colden, NY 14033

Holiday Valley – they also have golf, mudslidding and ziplining outside of the winter season.
6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville, NY 14731-0370

HoliMont – members only. North America’s largest private ski resort.
6921 NY-242, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Kissing Bridge
10296 State Rd. Glenwood, NY 14069

Peak n’ Peak – they also have golf and ziplining outside the winter season.
1405 Old Road, Clymer, NY 14724

Swain Resort
2275 County Rd 24, Swain, NY 14884

Snowshoeing Trails – this is all of NYS. Pick a town, it gives you a snowshoe trail.


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10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways

With the spring thaw right around the corner, people are chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy some nice weather. Whether it’s a trip to the park or a drive to a museum in another town, people are eager to put the chill of winter behind them and enjoy a weekend getaway. We’re taking a look at few locations around New York that make for a perfect springtime weekend getaway or even a day trip if you live close.

Albany, New York

Home to the New York State Capitol and Legislature, Albany offers visitors a mix of history and culture during a weekend getaway. Serving as the state’s capitol since the late 1880s, the uniquely-designed building sits at the top of the hill on State Street. Constructed using Italian Renaissance and Romanesque architecture, primarily because the state switched designers during the build, the capital is perhaps the most unique-looking capitol in the country. Public tours are conducted Monday-Saturday (except for holidays). Combine the capitol tour with the Empire State Plaza, which offers a look at the state’s history and people.

Include the New York State Museum as part of your weekend getaway’s history tour. Opened in 1836, the museum is the country’s oldest and largest state museum. Providing exhibits exploring New York’s history, visitors can view items from the development of the Erie Canal to Woodstock. The museum offers several special exhibits, so return visits are recommended.

Once used in World War II to fight Nazi U-boats, the USS Slater is a former destroyer now on display along the Hudson River. The ship provides a look at naval life during the war. Tours are offered April-October.

With several wineries and vineyards available in the Albany area, it’s easy to find a good winery, such as Saratoga Winery. Located in nearby Saratoga Springs, the winery has more than a dozen varieties to try during a tasting. It also offers local beer. The winery offers live music and wood-fired pizza on weekends, so it’s easy to spend a day at Saratoga Winery.

Looking for a good meal in Albany leads you to Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, where you can find the city’s best steak, as well as delicious chicken and pasta entrees. Another outstanding restaurant to visit is the Barnsider Albany. Home to steaks aged 28 days for their best quality, they are trimmed and perfected by the restaurant’s onsite butchers. Teamed with tasty fish and pasta dishes, the Barnsider is an excellent choice for dinner on your weekend getaway.

During your weekend getaway, the Renaissance Albany Hotel provides a luxurious stay downtown. Located in the former DeWitt Hotel, the Renaissance also prides itself on the building’s history. In addition, the Washington Park Inn is home to seven guest rooms in a Victorian-era mansion. Built in 1884, the inn is minutes from attractions and restaurants.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


Buffalo, New York

Buffalo offers visitors an eclectic selection of attractions for a springtime weekend getaway. From catching a Buffalo Bison minor league baseball game to enjoying activities along the Canalside, visitors enjoy their time in the city.

Canalside is the city’s waterfront gem. Home to concerts and festivals throughout the year, the area is the place to be. Home to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, you can tour ships and a submarine, as well as view military vehicles and equipment. Try your hand at piloting a vessel with a maritime simulator. A walk along the Canalside is a great way to take in people watching during your visit.

As the third oldest zoo in the country, the Buffalo Zoo offers visitors an opportunity to view animals from around the world. Featuring animals endangered animals such as the Japanese macaque and snow leopard, the zoo shares these animals’ stories, as well as others in an attempt to prevent the species from extinction. Other animals featured at the Buffalo Zoo include the polar bear exhibit, seals, lions and rhinos.

The Buffalo Museum of Science is an attraction for all ages. Not just aimed toward children, the museum’s interactive exhibits feature a look at Buffalo from space, connecting the region with outer space. You can also walk through a beehive to get a realistic look at how a bee colony works and human reliance on bees. With eight major exhibits, the museum offers a fun way to explore the area on your weekend getaway.

For wine aficionados, a visit to Chateau Buffalo offers a taste of local wines and ciders. Starting out selling ciders, Chateau Buffalo added regional wines. Later, they decided to add their own line of wines to the inventory. With weekend tastings, Chateau Buffalo is a great spot to sample a variety of brands.

As the saying goes “When in Rome…” Buffalo is the birthplace of what’s affectionately known nationwide as Buffalo wings. Why not visit the place where it all started? The Anchor Bar is credited with inventing chicken wings in 1964. Today, most people believe that Bar Bill Tavern makes the best wings in the Buffalo area (IMO it is a LaNova’s), so a stop there should be included on your weekend getaway.

For non-wing fans (is there such a thing?), head to Raclettes for an impressive French culinary experience. From escargot on the appetizer menu to entrees such as cassoulet (featuring duck confit) and boeuf bourguignon (braised beef). Your weekend getaway to Buffalo can cross palates.

The Lenox Hotel and Suites offers a stay in history. The boutique hotel is situated in a building dating back to 1896 in the Allentown area. With beautifully-designed rooms, the hotel offers a luxurious experience on your getaway.

With only three guest rooms, you are guaranteed an intimate experience at the Parkside House Bed and Breakfast. Located in the Parkside neighborhood, the late 19th-century house offers a perfect spot for a couple’s weekend visit. The neighborhood is home to several uniquely-designed houses, so a morning or evening stroll may be in order. The bed and breakfast is near several attractions, including the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex.

If you would like more things to do in the Buffalo area, check out my long list of 300 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY – This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York! Coming soon – 365 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY where I give you something to do every day of the year!

Cooperstown, New York

Home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, baseball fans will love a weekend getaway to Cooperstown. Baseball fans can also visit the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, which showcases 30 life-size stars in key game settings.

But, Cooperstown is more than a baseball mecca. The Fenimore Art Museum presents an array of art exhibits, focusing on sharing New Yorkers’ cultural heritage through special exhibitions. Donated to the state historical association, the Fenimore House became a museum in the mid-1940s. Overlooking Otsego Lake, the museum’s grounds are among the most beautiful in the state and provide an impressive view during a walk.

A visit to The Farmer’s Museum (open April-October) takes you back to life on a 19th-century farm. The living history museum is one of the oldest in the United States. Enjoy a ride on a horse-drawn carriage during your visit as you learn about early American farm life. With farm tools and equipment from the 1800s housed in buildings resembling the era, a trip to the farm is a true lesson in appreciating the farmer’s role in America.

Located in Burlington Flats, about a 20-minute drive from Cooperstown, Rustic Ridge Winery is home to a variety of wine created from grapes vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Opened in 2010 on a family farm, Rustic Ridge’s menu includes sweet and semi-dry wines, whites and reds.

After a day of touring the Cooperstown area, head to Toscana Italian Fusion & Grill for a unique dinner. Using fresh ingredients, the chef seeks to create memorable dining experiences. With a variety of Italian dishes, such as pasta featuring little neck clams in red or white sauce, the restaurant ventures on to entrees such as osso buco Milanese, a pork shank simmered in fresh herbs and tomato broth.

Offering a casual dining experience, Council Rock Brewery is the perfect spot for a sandwich or burger. Of course, Council Rock has to have New York pastrami on the menu. While you can enjoy an Empire State favorite, know that the burgers aren’t just a burger and American cheese. Using black angus steak burgers, the menu includes toppings from applewood bacon and whole grain mustard to a variety of cheeses, such as extra sharp cheddar and brie. Council Rock also brews its own beer, offering a selection featuring golden rod ale to a red ale.

While enjoying your weekend getaway, it’s tough to beat a stay at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. With views of Otesaga Lake, the resort presents a luxurious experience to its guests. The resort is also minutes from Cooperstown attractions.

The Inn at Cooperstown provides a cozy stay for guests. With only 18 guest rooms, the Inn allows guests a relaxing environment less than two blocks from the baseball hall of fame. From classically-designed rooms to luxurious suites, the Inn at Cooperstown is an excellent choice for accommodations.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


Corning, New York

Home to the Corning Glass Museum and the Rockwell Museum for a look at the famous art created by Norman Rockwell and special exhibits, a weekend getaway to Corning takes you to just south of the Finger Lakes region, so you can mix visiting attractions in town with taking a Finger Lakes wine country tour.

A visit to the downtown Gaffer District takes you among beautiful historical buildings, great shopping, and dining. Start your history tour on Market Street and learn about the area as you visit storefronts and buildings. While taking a self-guided tour, check out the stores and boutiques in the area. Grab lunch at any of the restaurants in the area.

While you’re visiting the Corning area, consider taking an hour drive north to the former Seneca Army Depot to take the white deer scenic tour. It is a rare opportunity to see the white deer up-close.

As you finish your day’s activities, check out Stonecat Café for a seasonal menu highlighting regional cuisine. Located in a former farmers market, Stonecat’s menu features entrees such as duck confit and pulled pork bbq. For a casual meal, visit Aniello’s Pizzeria in the Gaffer District for authentic New York-style pizza.

Located near the city’s attractions, the Staybridge Suites is an excellent choice for your weekend getaway. Offering a casual, relaxing environment, the Staybridge provides a nice spot for a weekend getaway. For a secluded location with six guest rooms, Nel’s Place bed and breakfast provides a beautiful wooded setting just minutes from Corning’s attractions.

Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Nature enthusiasts enjoy visiting Cornwall, about an hour north of New York City. The area is home to Pollepel Island and outdoor adventure guide Storm King Adventures.

Enjoy a guided tour of Pollepel Island, leading to Bannerman Castle. During your visit to Cornwall, head out on the Hudson River with a kayak tour organized through Storm King Adventures. Or, you may want to leave the driving to the captain of a boat and enjoy a view of the area on a river cruise with Pride of the Hudson.

If land adventures are more to your liking, take a drive to the US Military Academy’s visitors center in nearby West Point. You can purchase tickets for one- or two-hour tours through West Point Tours for visits beyond the visitors center.

Prima Pizza is a third-generation pizza restaurant in Cornwall that specializes in New York-style pizza. The restaurant even ships its pies around the country. Its pizzas are economically priced and are popular in the area.

The Canterbury Brook Inn offers an upscale European-style menu. With entrees such as a classic Wienerschnitzel to Swiss cheese fondue, you’ll be dining at a Swiss chateau.

A short drive from Cornwall, the Storm King Lodge bed and breakfast in Mountainville provides a cozy stay for your weekend getaway. With less than 10 rooms available, the B&B offers an intimate visit.

With a view overlooking the Hudson River and the US Military Academy, you’ll enjoy a weekend at the Thayer Hotel in West Point. The historic hotel, with well-appointed rooms, has hosted presidents and other dignitaries over the years.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


New York State Finger Lakes Region

Located in upstate New York among a series of long, narrow lakes resembling fingers, the Fingers Lake region is home to cities such as Ithaca and Geneva. The region is ripe with vineyards and wineries. The Seneca Lake wine trail features many, many wineries and vineyards around the lake. Open year-round, the wineries offer tastings, as well as food pairings. As you travel the trail, remember to use a designated driver, and maybe buy a bottle or two or three for home or family and friends.

Since Hubby and I have spent so much time in the Finger Lakes area going back and forth to Cornell with Max, I wrote up a bunch of posts about the area wineries. If you are going to the Finger Lakes for wine tasting, be sure to check out these posts:
Estate Wineries on Seneca Lake
Wine Tasting Seneca Lake (east side)
Wine Tasting On The West Side Of Seneca Lake
Wine Tasting On Canandaigua Lake
Wine Tasting On Cayuga Lake

Largest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake is considered the lake trout capital of the world. Nearly 40 miles long, the lake has a long history. Formed by glaciers millions of years ago, the region was once home to Iroquois villages. Today, the lake offers an excellent area for boating and scenic views.

For an amazing view on Cayuga Lake, visit Ithaca Falls, just a short drive north of Ithaca. The 150-foot tall waterfalls is the largest in the region and marks Fall Creek’s plunge into the lake. The waterfall is a popular photo opportunity, as well as a picnic site.

While in Ithaca, visit the Cornell Botanic Gardens. With 35 acres dedicated to the botanic gardens, the attraction is home to 12 special gardens, including flowers, perennials, vines, and ornamental grasses. A 100-acre arboretum examines the role of trees, plants, and shrubs in the environment while offering visitors an attractive area to stroll. (This area is beautiful!)

Seneca Falls is home to the Women’s Rights National Park. The history of women’s rights officially started with a convention at the spot that was later named to the National Park Service. Your visit will cover the history of struggles for civil and equal rights within the United States, as well as internationally.

Enjoy a wood-fired pizza in a casual environment at Ciao Wood-fired Pizza and Pasta in Ithaca. Besides pizza, Ciao also serves pasta, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Located on Cayuga Lake, the Boatyard Grill offers a casual upscale dining experience with steaks, fresh seafood, and burgers.

With a variety of hotels and inns dotting the Finger Lakes landscape, the Argos Inn provides an intimate hotel stay in Ithaca. The boutique hotel features 13 elegantly-designed rooms in a historic mansion.

Bed and breakfast fans will enjoy staying at the William Henry Miller Inn. The Ithaca B&B is situated in downtown Ithaca, minutes from local colleges and attractions. Opened in 1999, the inn offers nine well-designed rooms for its guests.

Lake Placid, New York

Hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid may be a winter sports fan’s retreat, but the area also offers a beautiful setting for a springtime weekend getaway. With Olympic attractions as a backdrop, a visit to the Winter Olympics Museum and Visitor Center make for an interesting look into the event’s history. A tour of the Herb Brooks Arena – site of the United States’ men’s hockey team’s run to the gold medal – should top your list of things to do. The arena is named for the late Herb Brooks, who coached the Americans to the gold medal.

Take a drive around Mirror Lake and enjoy the beauty of the lake, mountains, and forest. While known for the colors of the leaves during the fall, Mirror Lake is beautiful year round.
A short drive south of town takes you to the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Home to the famous abolitionist, John Brown led freed slaves to the area to live and find work. He is also buried on the farm.

Hikers enjoy traveling the Brewster Peninsula Trails along Lake Placid. Former access roads along the lake have been turned into the hiking trails.

Wine aficionados will enjoy a trip to the Goose Watch Lake Winery’s tasting room in downtown Lake Placid. With wines produced in the Finger Lakes region, the Lake Placid tasting room features more than 20 wines to sample and purchase.

Enjoy a freshly brewed craft beer at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. All beer served at the pub is brewed on site. Bottles and cans are produced at a brewery at the Utica brewery. The Lake Placid brewery opened in the late 1990s and has grown into one of the area’s most popular brands. The beer was even served at a White House in the early 2000s. Besides excellent beer, the pub also has a casual dining menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, and pizza.

With views of Mirror Lake, the Mirror Lake Inn is home to three restaurants. The Cottage Restaurant features a casual family menu with burgers and sandwiches, while Taste Bistro and Bar offers a higher end menu including Kilcoyne pot roast and beef tips. The View Restaurant features fine dining with entrees such as braised lamb cheeks and free range chicken breast.

Lake Placid offers several hotels and resorts in which to stay. The Haus on Lake Placid provides outstanding views of the area, as well as a luxurious visit. The Golden Arrow Resort offers beautifully-appointed rooms at a downtown location.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


New York City, New York

Of course, the Big Apple appeals to everyone around the world regardless of the time of the year. But, for New Yorkers, a trip to the city may be just what they are looking for a weekend getaway, or maybe even a long weekend. With more attractions offered in the city than time to see them all, people need to plan their visit to ensure they cover as much of New York’s attractions as possible.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum tops most visitors’ lists today. Dedicated in 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Shanksville (Pennsylvania) and the Pentagon in Washington DC, as well as the 1993 attack, the memorial and museum rank as one of the most visited sites in New York. Built on the grounds of the World Trade Center, the memorial and museum consist of two reflection pools and the largest manmade waterfall in the country. The names of the victims of each attack are inscribed around the reflection pools.

Mention New York City and most people will respond with Times Square, so a visit to the busiest spot in the world is a must-do for most visitors. Once home to the American Horse Exchange in the carrier district, the neighborhood experienced a series of changes as it grew to become the attraction it is today, home to the annual New Year’s Eve party and ball drop, as well as dozens of attractions. A visit to Times Square will surely mark off a spot on anyone’s New York bucket list.

With Broadway nearby, catching one of the hit shows or musicals would top anyone’s weekend getaway adventure to New York. From Hamilton to Wicked, and more, the Great White Way welcomes all theatre fans.

You don’t need to be King Kong to reach the top of the Empire State Building. Instead, take the stairs or an elevator to the observation deck on the 86th floor. The views of New York and the area are impressive. With views of Central Park, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty available on the 360-degree deck, the Empire State Building offers a wonderful reason to visit.

Speaking of the Statue of Liberty, a trip to the national monument is a must. A gift from France, the statue was dedicated in 1886. It’s undergone renovations over the years to remain a popular attraction. The view of the city from the crown offers a special experience. Please note that advanced reservations are required to visit the crown.

If museums are your thing, then head over to the Museum of Modern Art, where you can view some of the most outstanding contemporary art in the world. The American Museum of Natural History offers a look at ocean life, ecological diversity, as well as New York’s environmental history. The museum hosts several special exhibitions throughout the year.

With so many amazing restaurants and cafes calling the city home, it is nearly impossible not to find a menu you will like. Mario’s in Brooklyn gives visitors a real taste of New York-style pizza. If you’re interested in a more formal dining experience, check out One if by Land (Hubby proposed to me there, so it will always have a soft place in my heart!)

When looking for a hotel, consider the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Minutes from attractions, the Marriott provides upscale comfort and luxury experience. The Warwick Hotel in Manhattan offers elegantly-designed rooms and suites for an extravagant stay. (I hosted several events there – the rooms are lovely!)

Rochester, New York

Watching a minor league baseball game is a fun and economical way of watching future stars of professional baseball. Home to the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rochester Red Wings offers visitors an opportunity to watch the up-and-coming stars of the Eastern League.

Once home to a photography genius, George Eastman Museum recognizes his accomplishments. The museum’s exhibits outgrew the mansion, so a new museum building was opened. The mansion has been renovated and reflects life when Eastman occupied. The mansion also hosts special photo exhibits throughout the year.

Spread over 20 acres the Seneca Park Zoo offers a nice area to view animals from the arctic, Africa, North America and Asia. From elephants and tigers to otters and polar bears, a visit to the zoo is a literal tour of the world. Nicely laid out, the zoo takes visitors on an international tour beginning with tropical birds and ending in Africa where you can see up to 16 animals, ranging from a white rhino to an amur tiger.

With a history dating back to the mid-1800s, Rochester is home to the country’s fourth-oldest amusement park. Seabreeze Amusement Park offers families and couples a day’s worth of entertainment. From roller coasters and log rides to stage shows and waterpark attractions, Seabreeze is a fun experience for everyone.

History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum. A leader of the suffrage movement to give women the right the vote, Susan B. Anthony’s hard work paid off in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. Though she died 14 years before the amendment was passed, her work was credited as crucial in getting states to ratify the amendment.

Built in 1911, the Lamberton Conservatory provides a beautiful setting for visitors to view flowers, plants and trees. Open daily, the conservatory also hosts special exhibits.

Named as one of the top hot dog joints in the United States, Dogtown proudly serves hotdogs using dog breed themes. With 18 hot dogs, featuring names like Boston Terrier and St. Bernard, each is uniquely created using fresh ingredients and locally-sourced bread. Dogtown also serves burgers and sandwiches.

Creative a unique menu from scratch, The Owl House features a menu ranging from roast duck to sweet potato steaks, as well as burgers. The restaurant also offers a gluten-free option for diners.

For a comfortable hotel stay, check out the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson. The hotel is known for nice rooms and suites, as well as a complimentary breakfast. The hotel is nearby attractions.

Bed and breakfast enthusiasts will enjoy a weekend at the Ellwanger Estate. With four guest rooms, the bed and breakfast also features a 2.5-acre garden for walks and relaxation. The B&B is centrally located in the area and is a perfect spot for a couple’s weekend getaway.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways. While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


Syracuse, New York

History fans will enjoy a visit to Syracuse. With attractions such as the Niagara Mohawk Building (also known as Niagara Hudson Building), you can take in some of the beautiful architecture that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Housed in the historic Weighlock Building, the Erie Canal Museum provides a look into the history of the famous waterway and its uses today. Using interactive exhibits, a visit to the museum is fun and interesting for visitors of all ages.

Wonderworks Destiny is a little bit science museum and a whole lot of amusement park. Aimed at all ages, Wonderworks combines interactive exhibits, such as imagination lab and natural disasters, with physical challenges, featuring a ropes course and laser tag. It’s a fun way to spend part of your weekend getaway.

Nicknamed the “Central Park of Central New York”, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Onondaga Lake Park. The park includes four trails, playgrounds and a salt museum along a seven-mile trek just west of Syracuse.

Rosamund Griffin Zoo welcomes visitors to its 43-acre complex, featuring more than 700 animals ranging from the ring-tailed lemur to the snow leopard. More than 270 species are represented the zoo. With more than half of the zoo’s creatures housed indoors, the zoo is attractive year-round. However, even the outdoor exhibits are open daily based on the weather. You can see penguins and elephants moving about in their exhibits, as you tour nine displays.

Enjoy an Italian dinner at Joey’s. Serving the Syracuse area for more than 35 years, Joey’s menu features Italian dishes such as veal parmigiana and stuffed rigatoni in vodka sauce. You can also enjoy a steak at Joey’s.

Opened more than 12 years ago, the Stellakis sisters once dreamed of opening their own diner. Today, Stella’s offers a casual menu for breakfast through dinner (on weekends). With a variety of entrees available, diners are sure to find something to satisfy their appetite.

Home to Syracuse University, the city offers a wide range of accommodations, from upscale hotels to economy level. For your weekend getaway, check out Jefferson Clinton Hotel. Offering a luxurious stay, the Jefferson Clinton Hotel calls the historic Armory Square home. Near shopping and attractions, the hotel make your getaway an even more special occasion.

Located inside a former temple, Hotel Skyler provides its guests with a unique hotel experience. Each room is specially designed, adding to the special experience.

With New York full of great attractions to visit, your choices seem almost unlimited. As you head out for your spring weekend getaway, have fun.

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