Olean Things to Do
Cutco / Ka-Bar Visitors Center
Learn about the history growth of the Alcas Company which manufactures Cutco (knives and kitchenware) and Ka-Bar (the knives used by US Marine Corp). View product lines. There are also plant tours to see how the knives are manufactured.
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Rock City.... communing with stones
Five miles south of Olean on route 16 is a geologic structure called Rock City. Huge monolithic slabs of sandstone and shale that seem to have familiar shapes when viewed at the correct angle (indian faces, rabbit's head, church spire, etc., you get the idea). An enterprising family has taken an otherwise worthless piece of land in the middle of a farming community and turned it into an interesting tourist attraction. To the labyrinth of rock formations they have added a gift shop, some resting benches, a small cafe and a rock-collectors shop (full of stones and gems, few of which are locally quarried). We spent about an hour climbing (literally) up and down the rock paths and trying to see the shapes that the posted signs said were in the rock faces overhead. Be sure to bring a sweater; it is quite cool in the area except in July and August.
There is a nominal entrance fee of $10 but i bet you'll spend more than that in the gift shop where they have some unique stone momentos.Related to:
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5 Hotels in Olean
Nice common room, nice bedroom, nice pool, nice people. Everything clean and operational. We stayed...more
The Hampton Inn line of motels have always been pleasant places to stay for us on our travels. And...more
3270 Route 417, Olean, NY 14760
Good for: Solo
3234 Nys Route 417
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
3139 West State Street, Olean, New York, 14760, United States
Sprague's Pancake House: Sprague's Pancakes and more
It boasts that it has the best pancakes and syrup in New York and i am not going to argue with that. We had pancakes the size of our plates with choice of ever-so-many syrups.
Some of the pancakes are actually stuffed with sausage meat.
You can have normal or buckwheat, you can have full size or minicakes. The coffee is great too.
This is not just a restaurant it is a happening. First you drive up to the place and along the parking area are full-size wood carvings of horses and deer and bears. There is a picnic area if you want to eat outdoors, right next to a playground for the kids to romp. There is a hiking trail where you can build an appetite or burn off the thousands of calories you just ate.
The building is rustic/modern. Inside you will find the restaurant (complete with a bullwinkle-the-moose area for the kids), a syrup/candy/momento gift shop, and during the correct season, an active syrup-making plant.
Favorite Dish: Three plate-sized buckwheat pancakes with butter and maple/cranberry syrup. each forkful melts in your mouth. and there are a lot of forkfulls.Related to:
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Olean Local Customs
The active communities that are presented incorporated into Lean township are listed below.
Baldwin Heights... neighborhood on the north side of Olean
Barnum... south of Olean on route 29
Boardmanville... neighborhood on the the east side of the city of Olean
Cherry Hill... neighborhood in the city of Olean
East Olean... neighborhood on the eastside of the city of Olean
Four Mile... west of town on route 16
Haydenville... hamlet on the east of town on route 92
North Olean... neighborhood in Olean, on the north side
Seneca Heights... neighborhood of the City of Olean, south and east of the Allegheny River
South Olean... neighborhood of Olean, south of State Street and east of Fourth street
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Olean Warnings and Dangers
Oleans has very little violent crime (murder, rape, assault) but it has about average amount of non-violent crimes (burglary, shop-lifting, theft). The overall rating for the town is "low risk".
There are 22 sex offenders registered in the area (not too many but enough to be careful).
You should use general tourist precautions when visiting the area. Don't leave valuables out in the open in the back seat of your car; lock them in the trunk. Generally keep doors locked.
Keep a good eye on the kids if they are traveling with you. Stay away from unfamiliar places if it is late at night or you are all alone. Don't tempt fate; be smart; be safe.Related to:
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Olean Off The Beaten Path
The COOLEST store in town...
The COOLEST store in town filled with delightful surprises and rude awakenings! Studio 4 East is located in downtown Allegany off route 417. They have the best tee-shirts and trinkets at the company store.
STUDIO 4 EAST COMPANY STORE • 120 WEST MAIN STREET • ALLEGANY, NY • 14706 • (716) 373-7378 • MON-SAT 10-6
mcm2112's General Tip
Fondest memory: HISTORY
Region: Southern Tier
On the Allegheny River
Named after Olean Shephard, first white child born here
Developed with the movement west; people leaving New England and eastern New York traveled the river
The discovery of oil in the region brought later growth in the late 1800's. Agricultural products in this county include dairy cattle, milk products
Received national attention for 1972 flood, which destroyed thousands of homes.
Nearby parks and recreation: Rock City Park
Historic sites and museums: Bartlett House Museum
Colleges and universities: Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus County, St. Bonaventure University (Beautiful campus)