250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY.  A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


250 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

When I started this list on my old blog 8 or 9 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. The following year, I called my uncle (who is a volunteer tour guide at the Historical Society), and he gave me additional many more 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 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 were suggestions from readers (more please!!)

And last year this list crossed the 200 things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls threshold.

My eventual goal is 365 things to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Something to do every day of the year. You see, even though the area has 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 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 to do this weekend? be sure to check out this extensive lists of things to do in Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York.

It is time for the 2017 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! 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 250 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY is just the tip of those wonder places and space 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). 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!

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


Buffalo

• 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 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.

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.

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

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens August 5, 2017 – 10am-4pm
They also host the Starry Night Garden Tour also August 5th, from 8-10pm

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 Fire Museum – 1850 William Street Buffalo, NY 14206

Buffalo Garden Walk – July 29 and 30, 2017, 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.

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

Buffalo Saturday Artisan Market Two Saturdays per month, May – October. Note: there is also a Artisan Market in the Winter Village at Canalside Thursday and Friday from 2-8pm, every Saturday from 11am – 5pm, and every Sunday from 12-6pm.

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. The Willowbrook-Farms store is a food service provider, but you do not need to own a restaurant to shop there.
– 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 “door bell” 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)

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.

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

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 – seems like a weird addition to this list, buuuut New Era Cap is based in Buffalo, and 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, swing sets and more. You name it and the Olmsted Park system has it, including free Shakespeare in the Park performances beginning June 22, 2017 in Delaware Park (near the Marcy Casino).

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

Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour June 25, 2017 10am to 4pm. The tour begins outside of the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. A full color map and the garden directory will be available for $5 on the day of the tour. A guided architectural tour is also available for $10/person. Tours depart at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM from Hillside Children’s Center, 70 Jewett Parkway.

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

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

Shea’s Performing Arts Center – this year’s events range from the Broadway musical Wicked to The Little Mermaid to The Lion King.

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.

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 US and Canadian destinations (remember if you plan on going into Canada you need a passport or enhanced driver’s license). Driving tour.

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


Festivals

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

Allentown Art Festival – June 10th (10am – 6pm) and 11th, 2017, (10am – 6pm) – get there early, this one gets crowded! Here are some of my Allentown Art Festival finds!

Taste of Buffalo – July 8th (11am-9pm) and 9th, 2017 (11am-7pm)
– Delaware Avenue, Downtown Buffalo
– From Chippewa Street to Niagara Square

National Chicken Wing Festival – September 3rd2nd (12-9pm) and 3rd,2017 (12-7pm)

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


Water Activities

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.

Water Bikes

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


Erie County

Akron Falls – my neice was appauled I didn’t have this on the list (she got engaged there a few months 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

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.

Eden Corn Festival – August 3, 4, 5 & 6 2017

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 9-20, 2017 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 and More Children’s Museum – 300 Gleed Ave East Aurora, NY 14052

• 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

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 over 20 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.

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 watch Max when we go on vacation tap their front trees, and they live about 5 miles from us!!

Martin’s Fantasy Island – Amusement Park

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

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).

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 us on the backside of Glen Park. Sweet Jenny moved into the space, and that is worth the stop!

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

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Spring, 2013
Niagara Falls Summer 2013
Niagara Falls Autumn 2013
Niagara Falls Winter 2014

The Falls – Ok 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. 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!

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

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

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

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 Power Project Vista

Observation Tower

Three Sisters Islands

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.

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


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.

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 – August 12 & 13 2017 (10am-6pm)

Lewiston Food Tour

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

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 – August 2 to August 6, 2017

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.

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 up in Niagara County will definitely tell you where it is safe, and allowable, to snowmobile.

Niagara County Wine Trail – I have had a post in the works for years now. Since I may never get to it, my personal recommendations are:
Freedom Run – try their Meritage wines!
Victoriabourg – is an estate winery (they grow and bottle their own grapes). On Friday evenings they have free movies in the vineyard. click here for the schedule.

New York Beer Project – Sonny-boy went when it first opened and was not that enthused – so Hubby and I have not gotten here yet. I will say it is always jammed packed with cars! They give weekend tours for $10 a head, 5 tastes of NYBP beers.

North Tonawanda History Museum

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

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

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

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

Professional Sports Teams

Buffalo Bandits (Lacrosse)

Buffalo Bills (Football)

Buffalo Bisons (AAA Baseball)

Buffalo Sabres (Hockey)

250 Things to Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. A long list of over 250 different things to do in the Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY area that are great for adults and children. From state parks to museums, to architecture and zoos, there is so much to do in Western New York and this list of amazing places, spaces and activities will get you started.


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 17-22, 2017

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 bucks 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

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 24th, 2017 (11am-5pm)

Cattaraugus County Enchanted Mountains

Cattaraugus County Fair – July 31 – August 6, 2017

Chautauqua Belle – Steamship, Pirate, Fireworks and Cocktail Cruises

Chautauqua County Fair July 24-30th, 2017, Dunkirk, NY

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. 28 Monroe St. Ellicottville, NY 14731 To take a tour, click here

Ellicottville Rodeo – The Ellicottville Championship Rode takes place June 29 – July2, 2017
6319 Sommerville Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Ellicottville’s Fall Festival – October 7 and 8, 2017
– Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY

Genesee County Fair – August 21-27, 2017

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 2016 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 ell-O Museum/Gallery

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

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

NYS Leaf Peeping Report

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

Orleans County 4-H Fair – July 24-29, 2017

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

Wyoming County Fair – August 30 – September 4, 2017

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

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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