Total height of tower from
base to top of flashing beacon 520 feet (160m), and 775 feet above the bottom of the Falls. it has an Indoor/outdoor viewing
Visibility to 80 miles (129 km)
HOURS OF OPERATION
Summer Hours 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Winter Hours 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION (REGULAR)
Adult $9.50 CDN $7.95 U.S.
Child (12 years and under) $5.50 CDN $4.60 U.S.
Senior $8.50 CDN $7.10 U.S.
Family Plan $27.00 CDN $22.50 U.S.
Big tower next to the falls, can't miss it
5200 Robinson Street
Niagara Falls, Canada L2G 2A3
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Welcome to New York's favorite resort for skiing and snowboarding.
53 slopes and 12 lifts, powerhouse snowmaking and grooming system, beautiful base lodges and guest rooms, spread over 1100 acres on a 750 foot vertical drop give you plenty of variety no matter what kind of skiing or riding you like.
36 slopes are open at night skiing and riding.
12 lifts carry over 22,000 skiers per hour and 95% snowmaking coverage keeps the slopes white, even when there's no snow in your own back yard.
Three base lodges provide all of the comforts and services you'd expect of a first class resort:
Holiday also has the fun-loving Village of ellicottville, make Holiday Valley simply the best in the region!
Winter Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
From the North - Cross the Peace Bridge and take Interstate 90 West (the NYS Thruway.) Take Exit 55 to Rt. 219 South. Follow 219 for 50 miles to Ellicottville, then 1 mile farther south on 219 to Holiday Valley.
About 1 hour
Route 219 PO Box 370
Ellicottville, NY 14731-0370
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When I was in grade school I remember being taught that Buffalo was the "Number One" grain handling city in America. In fact, by then Buffalo's dominance as the nation's grain capital was already on the wane. The railroads had diminished the importance of the Erie Canal and soon the St. Lawrence Seaway Project would allow the grain to by-pass Buffalo altogether.
But what a time in must have been in its heyday. The port of Buffalo jammed with tall sailing ships, bringing grain from the mid-west to the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Then packet boats would transport the grain to all points east on the Canal. At Buffalo the grain would arrive quicker than it could leave, especially in the winter. The result was the design and construction of the "Grain Elevator". Magnificent concrete cylinders bundled together like a gigantic box of crayons. Today they are largely empty hulks but still amazing.
The photo here is of the last fully functioning grain elevator. It is located on the Buffalo Canal. This canal was once full of lake barges. Today we see a single grain ship several times a summer unloading grain to make cereal. Mostly, the canal is the home for a very well protected sailing marina. Times change!
Two Buffalo locations have been featured on the "Ghost Hunters" television show - Iron Island Museum and the Central Terminal. If your tastes (or beliefs) run a little paranormal, you might want to check them out.
The Iron Island Museum is a quirky little museum located in a building that once housed a church and a funeral home. Iron Island is a nickname for the area that the museum is located in due to all the surrounding railroad tracks.
The Central Terminal was the place to be when Buffalo was in its haydays if you were arriving or departing by train. It's an art deco structure that was left to deteriorate for a long time as passenger travel slowed. The Central Terminal can be seen from a distance as you approach the city.
If you are passing through Buffalo on your way to or from Canada, you will be driving across the Peace Bridge. The bridge connects Buffalo, NY to Fort Erie, Canada. Crossing here into Canada leads directly to the QEW, which is the direct highway up to Toronto.
The bridge opened in June 1927, and spans the mouth of the Niagara River at the east end of Lake Erie. While the debate rages on regarding the building of a new bridge or expansion of the current bridge, it is usually a pretty quick trip and fairly easy to make your way through customs.
Be sure to have a passport or other verification of citizenship. You are crossing an international border and since 9/11 they seem to check much more closely. The toll to cross is $3.00 US.
If you are interested in seeing an amazing sight then you need to check out the eternal flame at chestnut ridge park.
First of all, the park is know as a running Mecca. Numerouns trails for hiking and running. It also has a great view of the city of buffalo and if you are their late you will witness an eye catching sunset. The ridge also has ski hills and pavilions if you are interested in a picnic or relaxing day at the park.
My personal favorite at chestnut is the eternal flame.
You park at Seufert Road. Follow the trail head marked by Blue Trail marked made of blue wooden blocks. This trail is a 1.3 mile out and back that winds through the woods and ends at the base of a waterfall. In the water fall there is a flame that burns from natural gas escaping from the rocks. It is an awesome sight.
LOCATION OF THE PARK
6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Orchard Park NY, 14127.
Seufert Road near intersection of Chestnut ridge road (Rt 277)
Baseball, Bicycling, Concession, Handicap Facilities, Hiking Trails, Picnic Facilities, Skiing - X-Country (*Tow Rope), Skiing - Downhill, Sledding Snowmobiling, Softball, Tennis, Toboganning Chutes
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Thre are several homes that Frank Lloyd Wright built in Buffalo, NY. Some of the hotels have their locations of some are hard to find. But if you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's work this is a great place to see some.
The Erie Canal was one of the greatest civil engineering feats of its day. Like the European canals, it serves a mainly recreational purpose. The western end is right here in the town of Tonawanda, north of Buffalo.
This picturesque, rather quiant town was once among the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Today, it's a backwater, and certainly not a tourist destination. People were surprised to see anyone here with a camera. I enjoyed it.
If you're looking for that unusual, out-of-the-way place to visit, this is a good one. And it's only a short diversion off the interstate between Buffalo and Niagara.
This is a TRUE off the beaten path activity!!!!!
So here is the scoop. If you ever wanted to go sky diving here is your chance.
first things first. You took a class that was about a half hour long. It was mostly a video followed by simple instructions.
Next they suited you up. Lastly you jumped out of a plane!
The jump was a tandem jump meaning you are hooked to the instructor so there are no accidents.
On the way down i was able to see niagara falls. They also said that i might be able to see Toronto, but it's hard to look when your falling from 12,000 feet!
Group Size Price
1 $220 each
5-9 $210 each
10-19 $200 each
20-24 $190 each
25+ $180 each
10+ $220 each (and organizer jumps free!)
Frontier Skydivers | 3316 Beebe Road, Newfane, NY 14108
Newfane NY 15 miles from Niagara Falls 20 miles from Buffalo, 20 miles from St Catharines, 50 miles from Rochester.
Check out the website it will give you all the info you need. Good luck and have fun!
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If you have a free hour and a roll of film (or 27 shots left on a digital camera), then take the time to visit the campuses of the University of Buffalo. It has a nice diversity of architecture in its buildings and the layout of its squares and open-areas.
The walk and exercise and free air will do you good too.
see the website below for more photos of the campuses.
We aren't called the City of Good Neighbors for nothing. The people are willing to help with anything!
So if you want to go off the beaten path in Buffalo...
1. Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park NY
So much fun! Great sledding, cross country skiing in the winter. In the summer, you can roll down the sledding hill, hike up and down the ravines, go down the 100 Steps, or play in the playground!
2. The Naval Park in the city
I used to go here all the time with my family. There are 2 naval ships and a submarine. You can go onboard and walk around, see what it was like to be a sailor on one!
3. Letchworth State Park
GORGEOUS! In the summer it is hot and you can take a white water rafting ride. The Glen Iris Inn is great to eat or view the museum foe the history of Letchworth.
5. Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine in Lackawanna, NY
The church is gorgeous on the inside and out. A tribute to Father Baker's work. One of the hidden gems in the Buffalo Area!
6. The St. Patricks Day Parade in the city
Such a great way to spend St. Patrick's Day, which is a big deal in predominantly Irish South Buffalo. Bring the kids to watch the Irish Dancers or go out afer for a drink in one of Buffalo's great bars.
7.Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Totally free. Created by Frederick Law Olmsted, a gorgeous collection of flowers. Even has a waterfall!
8. Eden, NY
One of the cutest little towns in NY! Visit in early August to catch the Eden Corn Festival. It is a great little fair to take the kids to! The Kazoo Factory is so fun to for the kids and all the little gifts they sell are inexpensive!
9. Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY
Also in early August, this is the second largest county fari in the country. Lots of fun childrens rides and AMAZING food stands. You might even catch the daily parade- the highlight of which is the Fair Band, made up of local high schoolers.
About 30 minutes west off route 5, visit the American Kazoo factory. Free admission and a step into history in Eden, NY. I took my grandchildren there, ages 8 and 11, while they were visiting from SC. We all had a great afternoon.
Here in Canada we don't have Targets but we do have Wal-marts and to be honest those vests that the workers wear at Wal-mart look hideous. Needless to say, trying to find a hot chick at Walmart is like trying to find that needle in the haystack. Well when i arrived at target i couldn't get my eyes off the hotties, i spent more time in my one visit to Target then i've ever spent in a Wal-mart my entire life. The whole purpose of my trip to Buffalo was to drop off my sister at the airport. My delay at Target caused by the surprisingly good number of hot chicks working there almost resulted in my sister missing her flight. She was so pissed off!
Griffis Sculpture Park is about a 45-minute drive south of Buffalo (just north of Ellicottville). This sculpture park was a favorite of ours as kids. The adults liked it too. The place is about 400 acres and has giant metal sculptures and figures all throughout the place, in plane sight, on trains, in the forests, in ponds etc. You can climb on a lot of the sculptures, and it really is nice to just walk around and relax. When we went, we'd rarely run into other people. They are there, but the place is so big, you're usually all alone to explore. The park is closed October 31 for the winter (though we always went in the summer, I bet it would be gorgeous when the leaves are turning). There is no cost to get in to the park, and this would make a great picnic spot as well as a hiking (fairly easy hike, but gorgeous) spot, or even some trail jogging. There are directions to the park at the website below.
When visiting Niagara Falls, take a half-hour ride into Canada and visit the Welland canal, view ships passing through the locks, and even visit the Welland canal Museum, located near one of the locks.This is fun and interesting for all ages.