Local Area Attractions
Bedore Tours, Inc.
There’s so much to see and do in and around the Falls – let Bedore make your visit fun, educational, and exciting! Their sightseeing tour guides work to make your experience memorable and entertaining. Get ‘up close and personal’ aboard the Maid of the Mist boat ride or walking along the Cave of the Winds boardwalk; see the Giant Whirlpool, among the most unique in the world because it actually reverses direction every day. Learn about hydropower at the Robert Moses Power Plant. From gorgeous botanical gardens to thrilling rapids, the list of attractions has something for everyone. There’s sure to be a Bedore Tour that’s right for you. As a guest of Niagara Falls, NY KOA, ask about special priced Bedore Tours tickets when you reserve your KOA site today!
Martin's Fantasy Island
Martin’s Fantasy Island is the perfect choice for great entertainment in a wholesome family environment. Over 100 rides for all ages from kiddy rides to thrill rides, including “The Silver Comet”, rated one of the top 50 wooden roller coasters in the world on an internet poll, along with shootouts in Western Town, a petting zoo, and a water park make this the perfect place to enjoy a day with your family. It's all just a 2-minute drive from the campground, or you can take the KOA train. Ask about special offers on Martin's Fantasy Island tickets for guests of the Niagara Falls/ Grand Island KOA when you reserve your KOA site today!
Beaver Island State Park
In addition to the 18 hold championship golf course, this 950 acre park at the south end of Grand Island has a half-mile of sandy beach for swimming, an adjacent 80 slip marina with both seasonal and transient boat slips, fishing access, car-top boat launch, multiple canoe/kayak launches, bike and nature trails, a nature center, playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields, horseshoe pits, and an 18 hole championship disc golf course. In winter, visitors can snowmobile by permit, cross-country ski, snowshoe, sled or ice fish. Water fowl hunting is allowed in season by permit. Beaver Island Clubhouse has banquet and catering facilities. For more information please call the park office.
The Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm offers special events every weekend from September 14 - October 31, as well as tractor and horse drawn hayrides, a corn maze, gem mining, the boo barn, a pumpkin cannon, contests, magic shows, Halloween Store, bakery, face painting, amusement rides and more! AND of course, Zillions of Pumpkins!
Trifft Nature Preserve
Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. [color=#4c4c4c]Animals from the entire region take advantage of its ponds, marshes and woodlands. From self-guided discovery kits to workshops and guided tours for all ages, this urban sanctuary has something for everyone:[/color]
- Five miles of nature trails – trail map and rules available at Visitor Center
- Three boardwalks with viewing blinds in and adjacent to cattail marsh
- Trails open year around during daylight hours
- Guided walks— Thursdays 10 am– 12 pm; $2.00 donation.
- Official “Important Bird Area” offers outstanding bird watching
- Fishing at Lake Kirsty only (except North Shoreline)
- Snowshoe rental
- Discovery Kit Rentals
- Cross-country skiing permitted
- Opportunities to observe local wildlife in natural habitats
Everyone needs play. It is essential to learning, creativity, and discovery. The Strong National Museum of Play celebrates the joy in every facet of play. The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play through the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and much more.
- Dress up a giant Mr. Potato Head
- Race a Slinky down a special staircase
- Try your hand at play stations featuring iconic toys such as checkers, LEGO bricks, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and Atari
- Marvel at an elaborate Lionel Train display and spot the iconic toys featured throughout
- Swivel your hips with Hula Hoop, and more
Maid of the Mist
Ready to “explore the roar”? The Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist tour takes visitors on an excursion into the basin of Niagara Falls State Park’s Horseshoe Falls. Generations of Niagara Falls visitors have named the Maid of the Mist tour as one of the highlights of their trip. A favorite Niagara Falls State Park attraction for more than 150 years, the journey begins at the Observation Tower, where guests don a souvenir rain poncho and board the double-deck Maid of the Mist tour boat. From there, the dramatic passage ferries past the base of the American Falls, and on to the basin of Horseshoe Falls, through roiling waterfall whitewater and massive rock formations. The Maid of the Mist returns guests to shore with newfound appreciation of the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls.
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum currently operates two historic carousels and is the only museum in the world housed in an authentic, original carousel factory building. The building and their 1916 carousel are listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Sites. In addition, the Wurlitzer Music Roll Shop houses a collection of original machinery from the early 1900's Wurlitzer Company factory and demonstrates the production of paper music rolls. Band organs need these rolls to play the magical sounds which have always been a part of the carousel experience. The exhibit includes over 1600 hand-punched original master rolls dating back to the turn of the century, and is the only public display of equipment of this type in the country.
National Shrine Basilica Our Lady of Fatima
Since 1954, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine has become a place of natural beauty, art, and renewal to thousands who visit the unique buildings and grounds each year. The natural beauty of the Shrine is highlighted by a Dome Basilica covered with two layers of glass and Plexiglas. Two flights of stairs, with 63 steps, lead to the top of the Dome, where the statue of Our Lady of Fatima stands. The statue, carved from Vermont granite, is 13 feet high and weighs ten tons. From the top of the Dome, visitors can view the entire Shrine grounds and surrounding countryside.
Oh Canada, Eh?
Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the award-winning Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show has entertained over 600,000 guests from around the world. Enjoy Canada's longest running dinner musical in a 250-seat log cabin theater, just 10 minutes from the brink of Niagara Falls. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is a seven-time winner of the "Niagara Falls Attraction of the Year". All ages will enjoy the patriotic musical celebration of Canada! Enjoy great food while you laugh along with the colorful cast of Canadian characters. While you're enjoying the show, the cast serves their famous all-Canadian, family-style meal. At what other restaurant are you served your meal by a singing mountie?
Murphy Orchards is a 65-acre, old-fashioned family owned and operated fruit farm. You can pick fruit, browse through the Country Barn Store, and have Afternoon Tea or Luncheon in the Tea Room. A large variety of homemade jams and jellies, made right on site, are available for purchase in the Country Barn Store, including flavors such as kiwi jam, rhubarb jam, spiced cranberry jam, red tomato jam, strawberry-kiwi jam, raspberry-cherry jam, elderberry jelly, hot pepper jelly, mulberry jelly, quince jelly and so much more.
In addition, the McClew family sheltered people escaping from slavery on the Underground Railroad between 1850 and 1861 at this farm. Visit the barn to see the entrance to a secret room where the escapees stayed before going on to the safety of their next stop.
Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride
The Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride in Lockport, NY, along the Erie Canal, offers the public an exciting 70-minute guided tour through America’s past. You will explore the historic Erie Canal Locks 67-71, constructed in 1838. You will also view ruins from an earlier industrial age, walk safely through a water tunnel that was blasted out of solid rock in the 1850s, viewing stalactites, flow stone, various geological formations and artifacts left behind by the men who built the tunnel in the early days of the Erie Canal.
From the American side of the Falls, it's hard to beat the view from Goat Island - the oldest state park in the country. Stroll the footpaths or take the 175 foot elevator ride into the depths of Niagara Gorge.
The 23.5 acre urban Buffalo Zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and it houses some of the world's most exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife. At the Zoo, animals move freely in large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. They house a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth and have even been known to occasionally invite a traveling koala or white alligator.
Niagara Power Project Power Vista
We've got fun down to a science! Featuring more than 50 interactive exhibits about hydroelectricity and an observation deck perched 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Admission is free and it is handicapped accessible. For more information visit the Niagara Power Project Power Vista online or call (716) 286-6661 or (866) 697-2386. Address: 5777 Lewiston Road Lewiston, NY 14092
At the Amherst Museum, experience 19th-century life on the Niagara Frontier and tour historic homes, churches and one-room schoolhouses on our beautiful 35-acre grounds with exhibits on local history, textiles, art and the Erie Canal.
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Claiming 90 percent of the rushing waters of Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls is considered the most spectacular of the trio of falls. Enhancing their natural beauty is a free fireworks display above the plunging waters every Friday and Sunday night from mid-May to early September.
Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Looking for something different to do?
A visit to our winery offers a warm welcome, wine tasting with winery tours by appointment. Take a moment to browse in our wine gift shop and gallery, featuring works by local artists, and test your knowledge of little known facts about the Niagara region and its daredevils.