Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
1485 Garrison Road
Fort Erie, ON L2A 1P8
Phone: (905) 871-8333
Fax: (905) 871-5411
Located about 20 minutes south of the Falls and directly across the river from Buffalo, this recently refurbished facility now features live thoroughbreds, simulcast racing, and a number of slot machines for a casino-like atmosphere. There's free on-site parking, stands with a large seating capacity, two gift shops, three restaurants and numerous food vendors. Simulcast racing, inter-track betting and slots are open all year long.
Spread over 22 acres (8.9 hectares), Riverside Park is a historic park that makes for an excellent recreational spot. Riverside Park includes tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, swimming and wading pools, an ice rink and more. The park, which also features a lighthouse, is the site of the annual Friendship Festival that celebrates the bond between the United States and Canada.
The Erie Basin Marina is all about boats and water, but the view from the air is the most interesting as the marina is built in the shape of a buffalo! The marina is a public one, so it is very popular with the entire city and it's very convenient for weekend sailors. It is also close to downtown attractions and accommodations for anyone taking the Lake Erie tour. The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and First Niagara Center are nearby as well as many other downtown attractions. If you find yourself here in August and like wine, then don't forget about the Wine Fest!
Xtreme Wheels is one of the few indoor skating facilities in and around Buffalo. The center features a variety of activities like rollerblading, skateboarding, biking, and so on. It also features a snack center and quite often presents live performances. Xtreme Wheels also hosts parties, birthdays and other social occasions—so all the moms and dads reading, when in Buffalo, don't forget to take junior here.
This charter service captained by a 30-year veteran, offers an experience that's exciting and fulfilling: a day's trip out on the waters of Lake Erie or on the Niagara River in search of bass. The service can also arrange transportation for out-of-town customers. Customized excursions are also available for inland fishing in places such as Chautauqua, Cayuga, and Conesus Lakes. The rate for a full day's charter is $250. Customized charters start at $250 and depend on where you'd like to go. A New York State fishing license is needed.
This society in downtown Buffalo close to Dunn Tire Park and Erie Basin Marina is dedicated to the preservation of the area's rapidly fading maritime past. Its holdings include hundreds of thousands of documents, photos, oral histories and artifacts. The museum features a library, shop, offices, research labs, photo dark room and display area. The society has loaned its materials to local institutions including the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Their showcases change frequently as they are always acquiring new materials.
Situated within an historic and expanding downtown synagogue, this world-famous museum houses over 1,000 Judaic artifacts dating back to the 10th century. These include rare ceremonial garb, medallions, textiles, folk art and books donated by members of the congregation and friends. Of special interest are paintings by well-known artists Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn and Ludwig Wolpert. There are also Holocaust remembrances and a permanent exhibition called American Jews: A Saga of Three Centuries. Everyone is welcome.
This waterfront museum, located across from First Niagara Center, salutes all branches of the United States Armed Forces, with special emphasis on veterans from Western New York. Visitors can tour a World War II submarine, a destroyer and a guided missile cruiser. There are military artifacts such as tanks, aircraft and memorabilia, including an interesting collection from the Polish Armed Forces.
Taking up some 400,000 square feet, this central public library in the downtown Lafayette Square area serves as the headquarters for the entire 53-outlet Buffalo and Erie County library system. Built in 1964, the librart houses over two million books, a 324-seat auditorium for lectures and presentations and a photographic collection with more than 200,000 pictures in 600 different subject areas. Rare book aficionados can visit the Mark Twain Room, with its original Adventures of Huckleberry Finn manuscript. There is also a 600-volume collection of anti-slavery books.
Dedicated to the musicians of Buffalo and Western New York, this hall of fame features musical memorabilia, displays and plaques outlining the area's musical history. Situated within the Buffalo Visitors' Center in the heart of the Buffalo Theater District), the hall started out as an off-shoot of the Buffalo Music Awards and has become a tourist attraction of its own.The facility is run by a non-profit group of volunteers who ensure that Buffalo's musicians get their due—and that future stars have a place where they'll be remembered.
Dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring Buffalo's architectural heritage, this coalition sponsors various tours of the city as a way to defray the costs associated with their mission. In existence for two decades, the group hopes to educate both the public and government officials to better appreciate the parks, historical buildings, and neighborhoods that make Buffalo such a unique place. Past tours have included visits to historic Allentown as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D Martin House.
Found within the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Clifton Hall) in Delaware Park and across from Buffalo College, this library sports a collection of more than 30,000 art and art-related books, some of them classified as rare. The library is non-lending and used only for research. It is open to Gallery Members, and accessible by reservation on Fridays (to Gallery Members). Many of the books document and help explain the art which appears on the walls of the gallery itself.