Top Recommended Layover Activities:
1.Visit Niagara Falls
A. Grand Island Sportsman's Niagara River Tours & Charters 3407 Wallace Drive, Grand Island, NY 14072. (716) 773-9067
Select from a variety of charters aboard "Puppy Love," a 24' Bayliner Cruiser on the Upper Niagara River, Lake Erie or the Historic Erie Canal. Take a sightseeing cruise around Grand Island and see Niagara Falls from a unique vantage point. Visit the terminis of the Erie Canal where Governor DeWitt Clinton dedicated the opening of the canal in 1823. See the WWII warships and the Buffalo waterfront including its grain mills. Fish for walleye, bass or muskys. All tackle and bait are supplied. Scuba dive the crystal clear waters. Try your hand at water skiing or tubing. Stop at a riverside cafe for a famous Buffalo roast beef on weck sandwich. Visit one of the area's beautiful beaches. Or customize your charter. Reservations required.
HOURS: Seasonal May through October. ADMISSION: $50 per hour with a 2 hour minimum.
B. Grand Lady Cruises - 100 Whitehaven Road at Holiday Inn, Grand Island, NY 14072. (716) 774-8594 or (800) 824-5239
Cruise the Niagara River while enjoying an upscale breakfast, lunch or dinner cruise aboard the air-conditioned or heated motor yacht. Choice of entree, lunch and dinner three course plated service. Sightseeing cruises available.
HOURS: Seasonal May through October daily, hours vary. Open holidays. ADMISSION: $14-$43
C. Gray Line Of Buffalo & Niagara Falls -
The Niagara region's leading sightseeing tour operator serving area visitors for over forty years. Offering daily, schedule sightseeing tours of Buffalo (seasonal); Niagara Falls, NY; and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Overnight packages, group tour programs, step-on guide services, and other receptive services available.
3466 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. 694-3600 or 800-695-1603; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
D. Journey Behind The Falls - 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2. (877) 642-7275
Elevators transport you to viewing stations below and behind the Horseshoe Falls. Feel the thunder as the mist from water falling 13 stories sprays your face.
HOURS Daily 9am-5pm. Extended hours in summer months. Closed Christmas. ADMISSION Adults $10, children (6-12) $6, children 5 and under free.
Aquarium Of Niagara - 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1094. (716) 285-3575 or (800) 500-4609
Dive into an ocean of discovery at Niagara's other water wonder! Highlights include California sea lion demonstrations, harbor seals, and a colony of endangered Peruvian penguins. Over 40 aquatic exhibits.
HOURS: Call for hours or visit the website. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Jello Gallery And Leroy House - 23 East Main Street, LeRoy, NY 14482. (585) 768-7433
An exhibit of America's Most Famous Dessert that was introduced in LeRoy in 1897, and a 19th century home built by the LeRoy family in 1822.
HOURS: May - Oct, Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm; Sun, 1pm - 4pm. Nov - Apr, Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm. Open year-round. Closed holidays.
ADMISSION: Adults: $3; children: $1.50; children under 6 free.
2. Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:
Maid Of The Mist Boat Tour And Observation Elevator Prospect Point, Niagara Reservation State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. (716) 284-8897
The trip takes passengers in front of the American Falls and into the basin of the horseshoe falls for a thirty minute tour. Souvenir rain ponchos provided. Observation elevator offers a dramatic view of the Falls. Deck extends out past the gorge for an unobstructed view of the Niagara River. Elevators descend to the Maid of the Mist boat dock.
HOURS: May - Oct 24. Hours vary, call for times. ADMISSION: $11.50 adults, $6.75 children (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and under (US dollars.) Observation Tower only $1.
Six Flags® Darien Lake - 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center, NY 14040. (585) 599-4641
New York's largest theme park/resort with over 100 rides, shows and attractions, including five world class roller coasters, kiddie park, water park, on-site hotel, campgrounds, and a concert venue. Group rates available. Free parking for buses. HOURS: Call for specific operating hours. Seasonal, daily, Jun - Labor Day. Varied dates and hours in May, Sept. & October. Weekends in May, Sep, & Oct.
Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse At Golden Hill State Park - Lower Lake Road, Barker, NY 14012. (716) 795-3885 or (716) 795-3117
Found along New York's Seaway Trail, the longest National Recreation Trail in the country, the 1875 lighthouse is built of hand-carved stone. A climb to the top provides a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario. Campsites available. Rental suites in lighthouse available year-round.
HOURS: Seasonal, Memorial Day - Labor Day. Tours Sat & Sun, 2 - 4pm.
Old Fort Niagara - Fort Niagara Historic Site, Youngstown, NY 14174-0169. (716) 745-7611
Three-hundred years of history...just minutes from the Falls via Robert Moses Parkway North. Original French and British buildings and fortifications from the 1700s, living history demonstrations and historical exhibits. Great family fun!
HOURS: Daily, 9am - late afternoon. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $7, children $4, children under 6 free.
Cave Of The Winds - Goat Island, Niagara Falls Reservation State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303-0132
A walking tour at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls allowing you to get as close as 10 feet to the water. A tour guide brings you on a series of wooden decks. Raincoats and protective shoes provided.
HOURS: Seasonal, May - Oct, Sun - Thu 9am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 9am-11pm. Open holidays. ADMISSION: $6 adults, $5.50 children (ages 6-12), free for children 5 and under (42" height requirement enforced).