We moved to New York about a year and a half ago, and quickly fell in love with our beautiful and interesting surroundings. I immediately started a "must-see" list, based on recommendations from new friends, and from people who I randomly met and were eager to share their favorite spots. It's been so fun to work our way through the list, and we've discovered so many amazing places along the way. One of the biggest and most famous sites is Niagara Falls, which is truly stunning. No matter how many times we go there, its beauty and power never cease to take my breath away. We love it there, and it draws millions of visitors each year. But did you know that there are SO many other cool things to see and do close by? I'm sharing our own "must-see" list with you here, including two award-winning and nationally ranked parks. All of these sites are within two hours or less of Niagara Falls, and definitely worth the trip!
We've traveled to many of these places with young children, and most of them are perfect for families of all ages. The whole area is an awesome destination spot, so if you're headed this way, here are the Top 10 Places to Visit Near Niagara Falls!
As a side note, some of these places are right over the border into Canada. Make sure you check all the border requirements before traveling, to make sure you have what you need--i.e. passports, birth certificates, etc.
Presque Isle is one of our family’s most favorite places, and we go as often as we can throughout the summer. It’s actually located in Erie, PA, but only a little over 2 hours drive from Niagara Falls. Totally worth it! USA Today rated it the #1 Freshwater Beach in US, and we absolutely agree. It’s a seashore along Lake Erie, with several different beaches. There are lifeguards on duty, and as a side note, no flotation devices are allowed. That was a surprise for us, because we’ve lived on the Great Lakes for a long time, and we’ve never come across that before. You can have paddle boards, etc., though. The beaches and water are clean, and it’s just beautiful there! You can also rent canoes, kayaks, bikes, and surreys, plus there’s fishing, and you can tour the lighthouse.
While you’re there, you have to eat at Sara’s!! It’s right at the entrance to all the Presque Isle beaches, and it’s a must. Burgers, fries, sandwiches, ice cream…you’ll find all that and more. The food is super yummy, with large portions and reasonable prices. We always, always stop, and look forward to it.