Niagara Falls Area

Niagara FallsWelcome to Niagara Falls, New York!

There’s lots to see and do in the area and this is a list of our favorite things. If a company offers a military discount they will give it to you at the gate when you show your military ID.

Gray Line Tours

Interested in touring Niagara Falls? Want to avoid the hassle of driving and parking? Niagara Falls ARS has a partnership with Gray Line that allows you to get picked upgrayline-niagarafalls-logo and dropped off right on base. These are 4 hour bus tours and you have your choice of touring the American or Canadian sides of the Falls, or both! You’ll be on a narrated tour that allows you to view and/or visit all the popular attractions on either side of the Falls.

Military Discounts

If you’re looking for a military discount in the Niagara Falls area, start with this website.

maid-of-the-mistNiagara Falls State Park

nysparks.com/parks/46/fees-rates.aspx

Save over 30% on ala cart prices with a Discovery Pass on admission to the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Niagara Adventure Theater, Gorge Discovery Center, Aquarium of Niagara, and all day transportation on the Niagara Scenic Trolley.  Buy this pass right from the State Park’s Visitor Center or online.  Prices are $38 for Adults, $31 for Children ages 6-12 and 5 yrs. & under are free. Sorry no military discounts.

(In Alphabetical Order)

Artpark in Lewiston

One of the gems of summer in the Niagara Falls area, Artpark offers lots of events from outdoor concerts, summer camp, theater and more – showcasing local and national artists. Click the link above to see what’s happening while you’re here.

FREE Family Saturdays.  Free admission, free parking!  Families flock to Artpark for hours of hands-on discovery and fun with weekly themed workshops and live performances! A variety of “Make and Take” workshops are available at each and every installment of Family Saturdays- no matter the theme. These Artpark classics include, The Paint Space, Costume Closet, Sand Box, Face Painting, and the Pottery Wheel.

Castellani Art Museum 2Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University

The Castellani Art Museum serves as a cultural resource for Niagara University and its surrounding community and an attraction for regional and international tourists. Exhibitions of nationally known and emerging contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are presented each year. Artist talks, workshops and educational programming accompany each exhibition. Niagara County’s only collecting art museum, the Castellani has a permanent collection of over 5700 works of art, including well known artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, Nevelson, Warhol and many others.   Admission is always free. Donations welcome!

Darien Lake

Located not so far away in Darien Center, NY is Darien Lake theme park – New York’s largest water & theme park, with rides, thrills and coasters the whole family will love. In addition to the amusement park, it features a campground, water park, and on-site lodging. Located just behind the amusement park is Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, which is host to many popular concerts throughout the summer.

maxresdefaultDarien Lake is offering free admission for Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired Military Members. Additional tickets for family members are $25.00 + tax per family member for up to 4 family members. There is also a 10% discount on all purchases in the park to include food and beverages. Questions can be referred to Darien Lake at 585-599-5000.
No federal endorsement intended.

Fashion Outlets

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA is conveniently located just ten minutes from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station at 1900 Military Road. It is a single level indoor outlet shopping experience featuring over 200 designer outlets offering great savings up to 75% off every day. The Center is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Forever 21 and is home to world-class brands like Coach, Disney, Guess, Kate Spade NY, Michael Kors, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger plus national brands like Banana Republic, J.Crew, Nike, Perry Ellis, Reebok, Under Armour, Cole Haan and more.

In addition to an outstanding selection of outlet retailers, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA features a variety of quick-service food options available to shoppers at the food court. Additional amenities and shopping incentives are available such as the Green Savings Card offering exclusive discounts and incentives at your favorite participating stores and restaurants for only $5!  Green savings card link

fireworks-over-Niagara-FallsFireworks Over Niagara Falls

There’s nothing quite like watching fireworks over Niagara Falls  – and you can experience the magic for yourself with fireworks shows all summer long!  We’ll be lighting up the sky over Niagara Falls with spectacular fireworks displays every Monday through Friday night, June until September, and select holidays including Victoria Day, Memorial Day, Canada Day, US Independence Day and Canadian Civic Holiday.  Shows begin at 10pm, so grab your chair or blanket and head for Niagara Falls State Park – then sit back and enjoy the show!

All performances begin at 10:00 PM and are subject to change.  As always, fireworks displays are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions such as high winds or rain.

Underground-RailroadFreedom Crossing, Lewiston, New York

Every year, thousands of students read the popular book, Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark (1913-2003).  The story involves the Underground Railroad which was a secret network of trails and homes that helped slaves from the Southern United States escape to Canada in the early to mid-1800s.

The story takes place in Lewiston, New York, which was the final stop for escaping slaves from the South.  Once they reached Lewiston, they only had to take a boat ride across the Niagara River to Canada, and freedom!  But it wasn’t easy.  There were slave catchers and bounty hunters who were hired to capture the slaves and take them back to the South.  It was very treacherous for the slaves and the volunteer citizens who helped them.

Lewiston’s citizens hated slavery and many of them volunteered to help smuggle thousands of slaves across the border.  There was a code of silence and the people of Lewiston never trusted or spoke to outsiders about their secret activities.  It is estimated that thousands of slaves were smuggled through Lewiston and made their way to the Canadian shore and freedom.

Herschell-Carrousel-HorseThe Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Of the 148 antique, hand-carved wooden carousels still in existence in the United States and Canada today, 71 were manufactured in North Tonawanda in one of the four Herschell companies. The Allan Herschell Company had a major influence on the development of the American amusement ride industry, where this influence continues to be felt.

The Allan Herschell Company, the most prolific maker of carousels, specialized in producing portable machines which could be used by traveling carnival operators. The company produced over 3,000 hand carved wooden carousels. Each hand-carved wooden carousel featured striking yet simple horses.

A major employer in the community, the Allan Herschell Company had a worldwide reputation for quality rides. Carousels from this company were shipped throughout the United States and Canada, as well as to all parts of the world, including South Africa, India, Tahiti, and Mexico.

lockport-locksLockport Locks (Lockport, NY)

Much remains the same on the Erie Canal today as it was in the 1800’s. Hand-dug to connect the Hudson River with the Niagara River, the 363-mile Grand Old Erie Canal is truly a great engineering feat. Originally, 83 stone locks overcame the 571-foot difference in the level between the rivers. Enlarged in the early 1900’s, now 35 locks allow larger vessels to travel across New York State.

Experience a unique 2-hour cruise which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks, and travel through the solid walls of the “rock cut” as your Coast Guard licensed captain describes the architecture, sights, and folklore along the way.

Marble Orchard Ghost Walks

Lurking behind Lewiston’s cheerful disposition lies an impressive past of creepy events, restless spirits and haunted buildings. The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks are one of WNY’s most popular autumn tourist destinations, unmatched when it comes to presenting both historical truths and ghostly legends. The walks are a great way to introduce visitors, school children and even long time residents to Lewiston’s rich and exciting history.

Fort-Niagara-Light-HouseLight houses on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail shoreline is home to a fascinating collection of 28 historic lighthouses and 2 modern replicas. America’s history was shaped by the role these lights played as active beacons. In fact, some are still at work guiding ships traveling Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. The lights are an important part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail region’s maritime heritage and serve as prized local landmarks. Click this link for descriptions of these lighthouses and a map.

 

 

 

 

old-fort-niagaraOld Fort Niagara

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. The fort was occupied by three nations: France, Great Britain, and the United States. Located at the mouth of the Niagara River, the fort controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. Visitors to the fort today will see the oldest buildings in the Great Lakes region, living history programs, exhibits, and special events.

oldfortniagara.org  or nysparks.com/historic-sites

DSCF3466Native American Museum of Art at Smokin’ Joes

The Native American Museum of Art at Smokin Joe’s hosts the works of internationally known Iroquois artist Joseph Jacobs, sculptor and other artists. View soapstone carvings, paintings and other forms of art celebrating Iroquois life. This is a small museum inside the Smokin’ Joe’s store next to the deli.  Open daily 7 AM – 10 PM. Free.

Native American Museum of Art
2293 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132
716-261-9251

Sanborn Farm Museum 2Sanborn Farm Museum

Come and explore a turn of the century barn loaded with antique farm equipment and rustic field tools.  Browse through displays of farm home life including a vintage kitchen, old fashioned general store, hand made quilts and more.
Open Sundays 2-4 PM & Wednesdays 1-4 PM.  Seasonal.  Free.

Sanborn Farm Museum
2660 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132.
716-731-6662

 

Other Websites

More ideas on what to do and where to go at www.iloveny.com  or www.niagarafallsusa.com

Follow changing traffic conditions at twitter.com/niagarabridges

 

More in Niagara Falls Region (USA)

Aquarium Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls NY 14301
716-285-3575

Niagara’s Wax Museum of History
303 Prospect Street
Niagara Falls NY 14303
716-285- 1271

Niagara Aerospace Museum
9900 Porter Road
Niagara Falls International Airport
Niagara Falls, New York 14304
716-297-1323

Power Vista
5777 Lewiston Road
Lewiston NY 14092
716-286-6661

Seneca Niagara Casino
310 4th Street
Niagara Falls NY 14303
716-229-1100

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
115 South Water Street
Lewiston NY 14092
888-438-4444

More in Buffalo & Western New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14222
716-882 -8700

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo NY 14202
716-847-1773

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo NY 14211
716-896-5200

The Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo NY 14214
716-837-3900

Canalside
44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-362-8370

Amusement Parks

Adventure Speedway
3939 Niagara Falls Blvd
Wheatfield NY 14120
716-692-3122

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
9993 Allegheny Road
Darien Center NY 14040
585-599-4641

Martin’s Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd
Grand Island NY 14072
716-773- 7591

Canadian Destinations

Please remember that if you choose to cross the US/Canadian Border, you must provide both Canadian and American border authorities with a valid passport or enhanced Driver’s License.

Bird Kingdom
5651 River Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-866-994-0090

Butterfly Conservatory
2405 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-877-642-7275

Casino Niagara
5705 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-905-374-3598

Falls View Casino
6380 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-888-325-5788

Floral Clock
14004 Niagara Parkway
Queenston, Ontario, Canada
1-877-642-7275

Marine Land
7885 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-905-356-9565

Queen Victoria Park
6650 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-877-642-7275

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
1-905-356-2651

Our Favorite Local Restaurants

Anchor Bar
Where Buffalo Wings were invented.
1047 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14209
716-883-1134

Buzzy’s NY Style Pizza
Authentic NY Style pizza. Don’t forget to fold the slice while you eat it.
7617 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls NY 14304
716-283 -5333

The Como Restaurant
Authentic Italian Food
2220 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14301
716-285-9341

Duff’s Famous Wings
Some say these are better than the original Buffalo Wings.
8351 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls NY 14304
716-236-0333

Mighty Taco (Fast Food)
2591 Military Road
Niagara Falls NY 14304
716-297-7198

Michael’s Italian Restaurant
Authentic Italian Food
3011 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls NY 14301
716-2822 -4043

Salvatore’s Italian Gardens 
Fine Dining Italian Cuisine
6615 Transit Road
Cheektowaga NY 14026
716-635-9000

Ted’s Hot Dogs
333 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda NY 14120
716-693-1960

Viola’s Sub Shop
Fresh Homemade Subs
1539 Military Road
Niagara Falls NY 14304
716-297-3550


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Open Monday – Thursday from 9AM-11AM.

 

 

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