Buffalo-Niagara Falls Area Guidebook

Katie

Buffalo-Niagara Falls Area Guidebook

Food Scene
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Niagara Falls. It has a great view of the Rapids that can be seen in the evening since they are lit up. They have excellent food and it has been absolutely delicious every time we've gone. Be sure to ask the servers about some of the history of the hotel/restaurant as there have been some ghost encounters!
Red Coach Inn - Restaurant
2 Buffalo Ave
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Niagara Falls. It has a great view of the Rapids that can be seen in the evening since they are lit up. They have excellent food and it has been absolutely delicious every time we've gone. Be sure to ask the servers about some of the history of the hotel/restaurant as there have been some ghost encounters!
This place gets pretty busy; but it's always good from my experience
Hard Rock Cafe
333 Prospect St
This place gets pretty busy; but it's always good from my experience
Anchor Bar is where 'Buffalo Wings' were invented! The original location is in Buffalo and this Niagara Falls location opened in the last couple years. Definitely worth a visit!
Anchor Bar Niagara Falls
114 Buffalo Ave
Anchor Bar is where 'Buffalo Wings' were invented! The original location is in Buffalo and this Niagara Falls location opened in the last couple years. Definitely worth a visit!
Wilson is my hometown and this place is great on a summer afternoon or evening. They have live bands often throughout the summer and an awesome outdoor patio. There is also a marina here and you can stroll along the dock and probably catch some pretty amazing sunsets along Lake Ontario. The menu is a bit pricey but the food is decent.
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Sunset Bar and Grill
3 O’Connell Island
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Wilson is my hometown and this place is great on a summer afternoon or evening. They have live bands often throughout the summer and an awesome outdoor patio. There is also a marina here and you can stroll along the dock and probably catch some pretty amazing sunsets along Lake Ontario. The menu is a bit pricey but the food is decent.
Our go-to for pizza & subs! They deliver also. Check their hours before going or ordering because the weekends they are open after a certain time in the afternoon.
Donatello's
466 3rd St
Our go-to for pizza & subs! They deliver also. Check their hours before going or ordering because the weekends they are open after a certain time in the afternoon.
Another good Italian Restaurant in 'Little Italy' on Pine Ave.
The Como Restaurant and Lounge
2220 Pine Ave
Another good Italian Restaurant in 'Little Italy' on Pine Ave.
This has been my favorite Italian Restaurant in Niagara Falls for over a decade. I love the veal parm!
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Fortuna’s Restaurant & Banquets
827 19th Street
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This has been my favorite Italian Restaurant in Niagara Falls for over a decade. I love the veal parm!
This place is fun for adults and kids alike. It's a chain and the prices are a bit ($15 for a burger, kids meal was maybe $8-10) However I did have one of the best burgers ever in my life here so I guess it was worth it!
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Rainforest Cafe Niagara Falls USA
300 3rd St
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This place is fun for adults and kids alike. It's a chain and the prices are a bit ($15 for a burger, kids meal was maybe $8-10) However I did have one of the best burgers ever in my life here so I guess it was worth it!
I love Lewiston and this restaurant on the Lower Niagara River. They usually have live bands on weekend summer nights outside in the 'Sidebar' where they have more bar-type food (still very good) and inside is more formal. I highly recommend this place for a fun afternoon or night out. It's located right where the Whilrpool Jet boats are.
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Water Street Landing
115 S Water St
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I love Lewiston and this restaurant on the Lower Niagara River. They usually have live bands on weekend summer nights outside in the 'Sidebar' where they have more bar-type food (still very good) and inside is more formal. I highly recommend this place for a fun afternoon or night out. It's located right where the Whilrpool Jet boats are.
Great, healthy food options! Great coffee, live music sometimes. Open for breakfast and lunch - check open times before going! They have a parking lot right next to it also which is ideal.
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Power City Eatery
444 3rd St
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Great, healthy food options! Great coffee, live music sometimes. Open for breakfast and lunch - check open times before going! They have a parking lot right next to it also which is ideal.
This is a cute little restaurant. You stand in line cafeteria-style to order and wait for your number to be called and you seat yourself in their picnic-style tables. They have the basics - chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. It's also located right on the river and is always great. There's a little ice cream shop next door also and it's a nice little walk around this area.
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The Silo
115 N Water St
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This is a cute little restaurant. You stand in line cafeteria-style to order and wait for your number to be called and you seat yourself in their picnic-style tables. They have the basics - chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. It's also located right on the river and is always great. There's a little ice cream shop next door also and it's a nice little walk around this area.
This place has the best chicken wings aka 'Buffalo Wings' - they are not the original but most people prefer Duff's to the original 'Anchor Bar'
Duff's Famous Wings
8351 Niagara Falls Boulevard
This place has the best chicken wings aka 'Buffalo Wings' - they are not the original but most people prefer Duff's to the original 'Anchor Bar'
This cute and eclectic restaurant has great sandwiches, coffee, breakfast, and live music sometimes!
Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe
9475 Clarence Center Rd
This cute and eclectic restaurant has great sandwiches, coffee, breakfast, and live music sometimes!
One of our favorite pizza places!
Buzzy’s Pizzeria
7617 Niagara Falls Boulevard
One of our favorite pizza places!
Gadawski's
1445 Falls Street
This is a great lunch spot! Their hours are limited so please check before just stopping by.
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Power City Eatery
444 3rd St
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This is a great lunch spot! Their hours are limited so please check before just stopping by.
Just wanted to make sure everyone knew how close they are to get their Starbucks fix.
Starbucks
300 3rd St
Just wanted to make sure everyone knew how close they are to get their Starbucks fix.
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The Griffon Gastropub
2470 Military Road
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Great Mexican Restaurant on Niagara Falls Blvd, close to stores, Outlet Mall, etc.
La Galera Mexican Restaurant
8215 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Great Mexican Restaurant on Niagara Falls Blvd, close to stores, Outlet Mall, etc.
Enjoy a hot dog, hamburger, ice cream or a beer on the River. This is a ‘take out’ style restaurant. You order, pick up your food, and find a picnic table and enjoy the views.
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The Silo
115 N Water St
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Enjoy a hot dog, hamburger, ice cream or a beer on the River. This is a ‘take out’ style restaurant. You order, pick up your food, and find a picnic table and enjoy the views.
This is where 'Buffalo Wings' originated - it's super cute here and they have more than just wings.
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Anchor Bar
1047 Main St
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This is where 'Buffalo Wings' originated - it's super cute here and they have more than just wings.
This is one of Lewiston’s newest restaurants and one of my favorites. Great food and atmosphere
gather. by Gallo
453 Center Street
This is one of Lewiston’s newest restaurants and one of my favorites. Great food and atmosphere
The cutest little coffee shop in the Village of Lewiston
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Orange Cat Coffee Co
703 Center Street
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The cutest little coffee shop in the Village of Lewiston
Definitely check out Mariner’s for a bite to eat if you’re out in Olcott
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Mariner's Landing
1540 Franklin
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Definitely check out Mariner’s for a bite to eat if you’re out in Olcott
Stop in for a coffee, scone or order treats or a cake for that special event you may be in town for!
The Village Bake Shoppe
417 Center Street
Stop in for a coffee, scone or order treats or a cake for that special event you may be in town for!
Artisan pizzas at their finest at Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen!
Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen
800 Center St
Artisan pizzas at their finest at Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen!
One of my favorite restaurant’s in Buffalo
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Mothers Restaurant
33 Virginia Place
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One of my favorite restaurant’s in Buffalo
Buffalo and the entire region have some amazing food, this is a local favorite! Reservations are a must.
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The Left Bank
511 Rhode Island Street
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Buffalo and the entire region have some amazing food, this is a local favorite! Reservations are a must.
Great steak and seafood restaurant located in North Tonawanda, between Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange
184 Sweeney St
Great steak and seafood restaurant located in North Tonawanda, between Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Parks & Nature
Pack a picnic and take a stroll over to the park. There are some concessions at the park but you'll be paying the 'tourist' prices so better to bring your own beverages (water especially on those hot days) and sandwiches etc since the lines for the concessions are pretty long and it takes awhile to get your food. Plus there is not tons of seating near the concessions usually!
Goat Island
Pack a picnic and take a stroll over to the park. There are some concessions at the park but you'll be paying the 'tourist' prices so better to bring your own beverages (water especially on those hot days) and sandwiches etc since the lines for the concessions are pretty long and it takes awhile to get your food. Plus there is not tons of seating near the concessions usually!
Enjoy a walk along the paved trails along the river or take a hike in the Niagara Gorge to get THISCLOSE to the whirlpool!
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Whirlpool State Park
Robert Moses State Parkway
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Enjoy a walk along the paved trails along the river or take a hike in the Niagara Gorge to get THISCLOSE to the whirlpool!
This hike is amazing along the lower river and rapids.
Trailhead Niagara Gorge Hiking Trail
This hike is amazing along the lower river and rapids.
This is a cute little beach on Grand Island - you may have to pay for park entry and the water may be freezing but the little ones never seem to care! There are also swing sets in the park.
Beaver Island Beach
This is a cute little beach on Grand Island - you may have to pay for park entry and the water may be freezing but the little ones never seem to care! There are also swing sets in the park.
Grand Island is located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Kids love the beach here (even though the water is quite chilly). There are also playgrounds, swing sets, picnic tables, pavilions, a golf course, etc
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Beaver Island State Park
2136 Oakfield Road
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Grand Island is located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Kids love the beach here (even though the water is quite chilly). There are also playgrounds, swing sets, picnic tables, pavilions, a golf course, etc
A serene and easy walking path and a great place to enjoy winter activities such as sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.
Bond Lake Park
2571 Lower Mountain Road
A serene and easy walking path and a great place to enjoy winter activities such as sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.
Located on Lake Ontario, there are often great views of Toronto, Canada, and some amazing sunsets to be seen here!
Wilson Pier
1-65 Ontario St
Located on Lake Ontario, there are often great views of Toronto, Canada, and some amazing sunsets to be seen here!
Drinks & Nightlife
The casino is ALWAYS open. They usually have live music daily/nightly. Drinks are free when gambling. There are also several fine dining options and a huge buffet. Families can bring the kids in to the restaurants but they cannot be on the gaming floor and would have to be escorted if they are going to a restaurant that can only be accessed from the gaming floor. Just keep in mind that smoking is allowed at the casino and in their restaurants. There is a 'smoke-free' section but you are still going to smell like smoke as soon as you walk in.
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
310 4th Street
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The casino is ALWAYS open. They usually have live music daily/nightly. Drinks are free when gambling. There are also several fine dining options and a huge buffet. Families can bring the kids in to the restaurants but they cannot be on the gaming floor and would have to be escorted if they are going to a restaurant that can only be accessed from the gaming floor. Just keep in mind that smoking is allowed at the casino and in their restaurants. There is a 'smoke-free' section but you are still going to smell like smoke as soon as you walk in.
Indoor/outdoor seating - very cute and cozy; one of my favorite spots to eat and drink in Niagara Falls. They have a small dinner/appetizer menu and everything I've tried has been awesome. And I love the cheesecake martini!
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Wine on Third
501 3rd Street
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Indoor/outdoor seating - very cute and cozy; one of my favorite spots to eat and drink in Niagara Falls. They have a small dinner/appetizer menu and everything I've tried has been awesome. And I love the cheesecake martini!
This place has some great BBQ and it's a fun hang out at night also. They have an outdoor patio and rooftop patio as well!
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Brickyard Pub & BBQ
432 Center Street
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This place has some great BBQ and it's a fun hang out at night also. They have an outdoor patio and rooftop patio as well!
The best hand-breaded chicken fingers and fresh cut French fries; this is a good place for drinks and bar food in a historic, stone building.
Ontario House
358 Main Street
The best hand-breaded chicken fingers and fresh cut French fries; this is a good place for drinks and bar food in a historic, stone building.
Sightseeing
Of course, the main attraction...it's breathtaking. It's illuminated nightly Dusk to 1 or 2AM. NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE Enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks over Niagara Falls during the summer season featuring a new, expanded schedule with over 100 firework shows. All performances begin at 10 p.m. and are free. Fireworks performances are subject to change. Fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be canceled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain. Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday + holiday Mondays) Summer - Fall
American Falls
Of course, the main attraction...it's breathtaking. It's illuminated nightly Dusk to 1 or 2AM. NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE Enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks over Niagara Falls during the summer season featuring a new, expanded schedule with over 100 firework shows. All performances begin at 10 p.m. and are free. Fireworks performances are subject to change. Fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be canceled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain. Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday + holiday Mondays) Summer - Fall
This is a walk down by the Bridal Veil Falls. It's definitely worth doing!
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Cave of the Winds
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This is a walk down by the Bridal Veil Falls. It's definitely worth doing!
Head on down to Historic Lewiston to enjoy the gorgeous waterfront of the Lower Niagara River @ Lewiston Landing. This is also where the Whirlpool Jet Boat departs and returns from!
Freedom Crossing Monument
Head on down to Historic Lewiston to enjoy the gorgeous waterfront of the Lower Niagara River @ Lewiston Landing. This is also where the Whirlpool Jet Boat departs and returns from!
I am in awe of this Fort every time I see it! Check out their website for hours of operation and special events.
Old Fort Niagara
I am in awe of this Fort every time I see it! Check out their website for hours of operation and special events.
Fort Niagara has a great view of Lake Ontario as well as the Lower River. Kids (and parents) love looking for washed up driftwood and treasures at the beach. They also have a boat launch, a pool, playgrounds, Picnic benches and pavilions, a sledding hill, etc.
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Fort Niagara State Park
1 Scott Avenue
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Fort Niagara has a great view of Lake Ontario as well as the Lower River. Kids (and parents) love looking for washed up driftwood and treasures at the beach. They also have a boat launch, a pool, playgrounds, Picnic benches and pavilions, a sledding hill, etc.
Essentials
Wegmans is the best grocery store around here...this is where I shop. They have several pre-made meals that just need to be thrown in the oven or microwave and they have several gourmet items as well - cheeses, bakery, the best birthday cakes, cookies, etc. They also have a sub shop inside and a salad bar, etc. It's right across from the Outlet Mall.
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Wegmans
1577 Military Rd
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Wegmans is the best grocery store around here...this is where I shop. They have several pre-made meals that just need to be thrown in the oven or microwave and they have several gourmet items as well - cheeses, bakery, the best birthday cakes, cookies, etc. They also have a sub shop inside and a salad bar, etc. It's right across from the Outlet Mall.
This is the closest grocery store - a quick car ride away where you can stock the house with groceries and beer. Please note - our grocery stores/convenient stores do not sell liquor and wine so you'll have to get those at the Liquor store - there's one on 3rd St.
Tops Friendly Market
1000 Portage Road
This is the closest grocery store - a quick car ride away where you can stock the house with groceries and beer. Please note - our grocery stores/convenient stores do not sell liquor and wine so you'll have to get those at the Liquor store - there's one on 3rd St.
Basically you can get everything you need here.
Walmart Supercenter
1540 Military Road
Basically you can get everything you need here.
This place does laundry and dry cleaning and is pretty close also.
Capitol Cleaners
1227 Main St
This place does laundry and dry cleaning and is pretty close also.
Liquor store for liquor and wine
Third Street Liquor
455 3rd St
Liquor store for liquor and wine
Entertainment & Activities
This is an amazing ride through the Rapids on a jet boat. You get soaked. You get a poncho to wear but it's not enough. Don't plan to go to a fancy dinner after this ride. It's expensive but it's worth every penny!
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Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
115 S Water St
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This is an amazing ride through the Rapids on a jet boat. You get soaked. You get a poncho to wear but it's not enough. Don't plan to go to a fancy dinner after this ride. It's expensive but it's worth every penny!
This is a must do when visiting the Falls! You are basically under the Falls! You are provided ponchos and sandals but you'll probably get wet still!
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Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
1 Prospect Street
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This is a must do when visiting the Falls! You are basically under the Falls! You are provided ponchos and sandals but you'll probably get wet still!
This aquarium is very small but it's good for young kids.
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St
This aquarium is very small but it's good for young kids.
Canalside is one of Buffalo's newest additions to the waterfront and one of my favorite places to go to in the summer. You can do several outdoorsy things like - drink on patios, rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, etc; play in a sandbox...there are also paddle boats, water bikes etc and in the winter it turns into ice skating on the canal. There are outdoor bands every Thursday in the summer. They also have water taxis, and a couple other boats you can take a ride on; it's definitely worth the 25 minute drive! https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com
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The Ice at Canalside
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Canalside is one of Buffalo's newest additions to the waterfront and one of my favorite places to go to in the summer. You can do several outdoorsy things like - drink on patios, rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, etc; play in a sandbox...there are also paddle boats, water bikes etc and in the winter it turns into ice skating on the canal. There are outdoor bands every Thursday in the summer. They also have water taxis, and a couple other boats you can take a ride on; it's definitely worth the 25 minute drive! https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com
Free weekly events: Thursday Nights - Flicks on Old Falls Street Friday Nights - Outdoor Concert Series Saturday Afternoons: Free Family Programs Check out their website to find out more: www.fallsstreet.com There is also a bike rental place located here - This is new! I found this info on their website after I saw it a few weeks ago while walking around Old Falls Street: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Wheelchairs, strollers and children's wagons are also available. Rentals are available on the Park Block, closest to the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park (intersection of Old Falls Street & Prospect Street). (716) 345-5446
Old Falls Street
Free weekly events: Thursday Nights - Flicks on Old Falls Street Friday Nights - Outdoor Concert Series Saturday Afternoons: Free Family Programs Check out their website to find out more: www.fallsstreet.com There is also a bike rental place located here - This is new! I found this info on their website after I saw it a few weeks ago while walking around Old Falls Street: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Wheelchairs, strollers and children's wagons are also available. Rentals are available on the Park Block, closest to the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park (intersection of Old Falls Street & Prospect Street). (716) 345-5446
This is a great, interactive museum for all ages! They have visiting exhibits throughout the year as well. Call ahead for reservations.
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Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
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This is a great, interactive museum for all ages! They have visiting exhibits throughout the year as well. Call ahead for reservations.
Great for kids! Check hours of operation due to Covid.
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Olcott Beach Carousel Park
5979 East Main Street
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Great for kids! Check hours of operation due to Covid.
Theme park and water park, great for kids and adults alike.
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Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
9993 Alleghany Rd
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Theme park and water park, great for kids and adults alike.
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Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave
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Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
300 Gleed Avenue
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Check out this golf bar with indoor golf simulators. Perfect for private events or call ahead to book your time slot.
Buffalo Golf & Social
510 Washington Street
Check out this golf bar with indoor golf simulators. Perfect for private events or call ahead to book your time slot.
Shopping
This is my go-to mall. They have new stores everytime I go it seems! The outlet prices are great and it's huge. It's located on Military Road where there are several other places to eat here - lots of chain restaurants but also a few local ones
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Fashion Outlets de Niagara Falls
1900 Military Rd
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This is my go-to mall. They have new stores everytime I go it seems! The outlet prices are great and it's huge. It's located on Military Road where there are several other places to eat here - lots of chain restaurants but also a few local ones
These are the cutest little shops! Open on the weekends but double check before heading out.
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Lakeview Village Shoppes
5955 Ontario St
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These are the cutest little shops! Open on the weekends but double check before heading out.
Cute little antique shop in the very walkable, Village of Lewiston
Antique to Chic
536 Center Street
Cute little antique shop in the very walkable, Village of Lewiston
This is the area’s largest mall and has a movie theater, several restaurants and some great stores.
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Walden Galleria
1 Walden Galleria
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This is the area’s largest mall and has a movie theater, several restaurants and some great stores.