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.
USA Today rated it the Best State Park 2015, and I know why. The whole park is truly stunning, and it has the nickname “Grand Canyon of the East”. Wide canyons, thundering waterfalls, tree-covered hills and gorges–it is a must -see. There are many trails and scenic overlooks, plus playground and picnic areas. You can go for a few hours, or spend an entire day–whatever you have time for. It’s a little over and hour and a half from Niagara Falls.
Ellicottville is actually one of my favorite places in the winter–it has some of the best skiing and tubing in the area. The summer also holds really fun things, like a summer music festival and an outdoor expo, plus hiking, fishing, adventuring, golfing, and so much more. It’s just a cute, cute town with shopping, food, and fun!