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.
The city of Buffalo is just thirty minutes from Niagara Falls, and chock full of fun things to do and see!
Canalside: Enjoy paddle boats, pedal boats, yummy food, free movies, free lawn and table games, kayaks, water bikes, free QR code tours, concerts, shopping, yummy restaurants, soaking up sunsets, light shows, roller skating (and free ice skating in the winter)… and SO much more!
Delaware Park is one of the oldest parks in Buffalo, with over 300 acres of forest, meadow, and lake. It boasts playground, picnic areas, rose garden, Shakespeare performances, events throughout the summer.
The Buffalo Zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (established 1825). It’s a 23.5 acre urban zoo (near Delaware Park), and has exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife.
The Buffalo Naval and Military Park is on the shore of Lake Erie, and home to several decommissioned US naval vessels including a cruiser, destroyer, and submarine. There are also other smaller vessels and artifacts on display, and many other events and demonstrations through the summer months.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center: If you love the theatre, then don’t forget to check out Shea’s! It’s a historic theatre that provides a wide variety of live performances, including dance, music, and Broadway shows.
Coca Cola Field: Like baseball? Come watch the Buffalo Bisons play!
Taste of Buffalo: Buffalo Food Fest: If you’re in Buffalo in mid-July, and get a chance to go to the Buffalo Food Fest, it’s worth going! It’s the largest two-day food festival in the US, with over 50 restaurants in attendance. It’s SO yummy–one of the best weekends of the summer!
As you can see, there are some really amazing places to visit near Niagara Falls, and I hope you add a couple to your list! Happy traveling!