Then head out on interesting day trips. Fort Erie is uniquely situated at the tip of the Niagara Peninsula with easy access to all the Niagara Region attractions as well as many interesting destinations in Western New York, USA.
Attractions Within 1/2 hour Drive of Fort Erie
Niagara Falls, Ontario - Walk along the front and enjoy the world famous view of the Horseshoe and American waterfalls. The many exciting attractions include: Maid of the Mist - boat ride up to the falls, Aerocar - ride across the Niagara Gorge, Greenhouse - tropical displays, Butterfly Conservatory - butterflies in a tropical setting, Bird Kingdom - huge 3 storey atrium with free flying tropical birds, History Museum - has just had a major renovation, Amusements of Clifton Hill, gaming at Fallsview Casino & Casino Niagara. Drive 20 minutes on the QEW or take the scenic route up the Niagara Parkway.
Marineland, Niagara Falls, ON - Many fascinating marine exhibits including above and below water exhibit of killer whales, outdoor poolside feeding of whales for the public, and performing dolphin shows. Feed the deer and elk in an outdoor park, or enjoy midway rides.
Port Colborne, Ontario - See the canal lock on the Welland Canal and visit the shops along the canal. The Historical Museum features several pioneer buildings, the oldest motorized car in Ontario and artifacts from the ship Raleigh which sank in 1911 near Point Abino. Swim at Nickel Beach. The Showboat Festival Theatre offers "theatre in the round" with productions running through the whole summer season starting in June. A short drive to the west along Highway 3 (Garrison Road).
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York - The HSBC Arena is home to the Buffalo Sabres. Catch a game or a popular concert. After crossing at the Peace Bridge its a short drive south on the I90.
Shea's Performing Arts Centre, Buffalo, New York - This stunning restored 1920's theatre is worth a visit just to see the theatre. The amazing carved and gilt interior was designed by world renowned artist Louis Tiffany. Enjoy a play or concert at reasonable prices. Not far from the Bridge in downtown Buffalo.
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York - This world class art gallery contains both traditional and modern art. Classical works include Gauguin and VanGogh, and there is an impressive collection of modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Gorky. While there you can also take in the Buffalo HIstorical Museum just around the corner from the Gallery.
Buffalo Museum of Science - The Buffalo Museum of Science, built in 1929, has been offering science experiences for over 80 years. With a focus on natural history, it features dioramas of plant and animal life in the Western New York area, fossils, dinasor and mastodon bones. There are also a bug display, astronomy exhibit and an inter-active exhibit of scientific discoveries. Located in central Buffalo a short drive from the Bridge.
Naval and Marine Museums, Buffalo, New York The Naval and Military Park in the Erie Basin Harbour provides an opportunity to wander through three US battleships - the destroyer USS The Sullivans, the cruiser USS Little Rock and the submarine USS Croaker. Inside the ships are displays of military history. Lots of stairways and narrow passageways for the kids to crawl through. The Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society Museum is just nearby the Naval Park. It provides a fascinating look at the marine history of Buffalo Harbour, boat building, lightships, and ferries to Fort Erie.
Buffalo Harbor Cruise, Marine Drive, Buffalo - All aboard the Miss Buffalo II. Cruise along the Fort Erie waterfront on the Niagara River, then pass through the locks on the Buffalo River and take a circle route back along the old Erie Canal through Buffalo. See the water landmarks up close, including the lighthouse built in 1833. Narrated 2 hour cruise. July and August through Labour Day weekend. Reasonable ticket charge is well worth it.
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Lackawana (suburb of Buffalo), New York - This huge domed greenhouse, features 12 different rooms, which you tour through in sequence. Each features a different theme, including rainforest, dessert, mangrove, etc. with a large array of botanical specimens. The highlight is a 30 foot waterfall in a tropical setting and koi pond.
Attractions Within 1 Hour Drive of Fort Erie
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario - The prettiest town in Ontario, with a myriad of flowers, unique shops, the Shaw Festival of Shakesperean Theatre, and historic Fort George. Less than an hour's drive via the QEW or take the scenic route up the Niagara Parkway.
Niagara Falls, New York - Just across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls Ontario, or cross at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie and go up the I190. Walk along the river beside the rapids and get a close-up view of the American Falls. Drive or walk over the bridges to Goat Island for a different view. Experience Cave of the Winds, Daredevil Museum, and play at Seneca Casino. The Aquarium of Niagara offers various exhibits, and demonstrations with sea mamals, be sure to catch the sea lion show!
Wine Route, Ontario - Niagara Region is famous for its wineries, where you can visit and sample the wines. There are several on the Niagara Parkway between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, including Inniskillin, Reif Estate and Peller Estates. Numerous other wineries are scattered within the town. Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario - Enjoy the stunning view of Lake Erie from the cliff and stroll the limestone beach embedded with fascinating fossils. West of Fort Erie on Highway 3 and just before the town of Dunnville.
Fort Niagara, New York State - The oldest continuously occupied fort in North America. The "French Castle" was built by the French in 1726. Under British control after 1759, more buildings were constucted. . Tour the fort grounds, which are hosted by re-enactors in period costume, and view the exhibits from the French, British and American occupations. Washrooms, snack bar, and gift shop. Located across from Niagara on-the-Lake. Cross to the US at Queenston/Lewiston Bridge or Peace Bridge and go north on the I90.
Herschell Carousel Museum, North Tonawanda (suburb of Buffalo), New York State This museum, housed in the original Herschell factory, has a wonderful collection of antique carrousel horses, as well as the original carpenter's shop and a working carrousel. Of particlular interest is a wooden bull that was a midway "strength testing" exhibit at the old Erie Beach Amusement Park in Fort Erie, and the original "Little Dipper" ride from the old Crystal Beach Amusement Park in Crystal Beach.
Martins Fantasy Island, Grand Island, New York State
An old fashioned Amusement Park, featuring an original 1960's Herschell Carousel. Reasonable entrance fee that inlcudes all rides and mini shows. Look for a special price on Canadian Wednesdays and Grandparents Thursdays.
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