Local Area Attractions Near Niagara Falls / Grand Island KOA Holiday

Beaver Island State Park

Beaver Island State Park

In addition to the 18 hole 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.

2136 West Oakfield Road

Grand Island, NY 14072

716-773-4653

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Tifft Nature Preserve

Tifft Nature Preserve

Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. The Preserve was created in 1972 from land purchased by the City of Buffalo for a landfill site. Concerned citizens recognized the ecological importance of the site and convinced the city legislators to plan for the area's preservation. The completed landfill incorporated many safety measures, allowing the land to have a new purpose, a nature preserve which opened in 1976.
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

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard

Buffalo, NY 14203

716-825-6397

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Maid of the Mist

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.

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Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

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.

180 Thompson St

North Tonawanda, NY 14120

716-693-1885

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National Shrine Basilica Our Lady of Fatima

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.

1023 Swann Rd

Lewiston, NY 14092

716-754-7489

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Oh Canada, Eh?

Oh Canada, Eh?

Canada's longest running dinner musical is back for it's second season in Ottawa! This two-hour show features all-Canadian music: from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Come meet our singing Mountie, Hockey Player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and more. This high-energy, family friendly production features over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists including music from Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, the Bare Naked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and many, MANY more. While you're enjoying the show, our performers serve our famous, all-Canadian meal. At what other restaurant are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie?

8585 Lundy's Lane

Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H5

800-467-2071

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Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

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.

5 Gooding Street

Lockport, NY 14094

716-438-0174

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Goat Island

Goat Island

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.

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Darien Lake Amusement Park

Darien Lake Amusement Park

Darien Lake offers over 100 rides, shows and attractions, plus a wet and wild waterpark.

9993 Alleghany Rd

Darien Center, NY 14040

585-599-4641

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Niagara AeroSpace Museum

Niagara AeroSpace Museum

The Niagara Aerospace Museum is a great place to learn about our rich Western New York aviation history.

9990 Porter Rd

Niagara Falls, NY 14304

716-297-1323

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Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo Zoo

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.

300 Parkside Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14214

716-837-3900

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Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Go head to head with Niagara's waters aboard a jet boat racing up river in the Niagara Gorge. Feel the spray on your face, the 60 mph velocity in your stomach and the waves washing over your body. Tours depart daily from Lewiston.

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Niagara Power Project Power Vista

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.

5777 Lewiston Rd.

Lewiston, NY 14092

716-286-6661

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Niagara Falls Aviary, Birds of the Lost Kingdom

Niagara Falls Aviary, Birds of the Lost Kingdom

Niagara Falls Aviary is home to over 300 tropical birds from around the world, some free flying as well as observational exhibits.

5651 River Road

Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7

905-356-8888

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Horseshoe Fireworks

Horseshoe Fireworks

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

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.

4434 Van Dusen Road

Lockport, NY 14094

716-433-8405

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Delaware Park

Delaware Park

One of Olmsted's first three parks in Buffalo, Delaware Park serves as the focal point of the Olmsted system and today contains many of Buffalo's cultural institutions. Simply named The Park by Olmsted, this 350-acre setting serves as Buffalo's "Central Park".The jewel of the Olmsted system, 350 acres of meadow, forest and lake. Much has been accomplished toward the restoration of this park - a new playground in Rumsey Woods, restoration of the Rose Garden, extensive improvements to the Marcy Casino, and many new trees planted throughout. The Conservancy's headquarters are located in the historic Parkside Lodge (1914) which also houses the Delaware Meadows Golf Course Pro Shop.

Be sure to see the Japanese Garden.

84 Parkside Ave

Buffalo, NY 14214

716-838-1249

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Elmwood Village

Elmwood Village

The Elmwood Village, one of America's 10 Best Neighborhoods, as designated by the American Planning Association, and Buffalo/Niagara's most vibrant shopping, dining and cultural district, can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you're already in the neighborhood, elsewhere in Western New York, or visiting from across the border, the Elmwood Village is a wonderful destination.

Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14222

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The Martin House Complex

The Martin House Complex

Tour an American Masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright-
A National Historic Landmark. Constructed between 1904 and 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House exemplifies the Prairie house ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Your docent will demonstrate Wright's genius in creating intricate harmonies between his buildings and their landscape, and will narrate the remarkable store of the great architect and his most loyal patron and friend, Darwin D. Martin.

125 Jewett Parkway

Buffalo, NY 14214

716-856-3858

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Naval & Military Park

Naval & Military Park

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park-
Step into a unique place where you will see and touch history. Located on the beautiful Buffalo Waterfront at Canalside, the Naval & Military Park is a place of honor, education and inspiration like no other in the United States.

One Naval Park Cove

Buffalo, NY 14202

716-847-1773

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Explore & More Children's Museum

Explore & More Children's Museum

Explore & More is a world-class children's museum located at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo.  The museum features educational play zones that offer hands-on exhibits that tell the unique story of Western New York.  Visitors will earn about the significance of Buffalo waterways in Moving Water.  Families can challenge themselves and learn new skills in Playing Together with a wide range of physical experiences.

130 Main Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

716-655-5131

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Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World

Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World

Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World is an 85 acres amusement park featuring a theme park and water park.

2400 Grand Island Blvd.

Grand Island, NY 14072

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