4 Areas to Visit While You’re in the Niagara Region


With a wealth of thrilling activities and adventures on offer, the Niagara Region attracts visitors from all four corners of the globe. If you’re planning a visit to the world’s most famous waterfalls, here’s our rundown of four key areas to spend time in.


Today, Lewiston has a population of 2,500 people and is referred to as one of the best villages in America! The year-round roster of festivals and activities includes the Lewiston Art Festival (August 13th-14th), the Jazz Festival (August 26th to 27th), and the Peach Festival (September 8th-11th). Many events are also held in Art Park, a summer outdoor music venue ranked among the top 100 amphitheaters worldwide by Pollstar.

 Lewiston is lined with a dazzling array of boutique businesses and family-run restaurants. Grab a latte at the Orange Cat Cafe and take a stroll down Center Street to see all the shops! Stop at The Silo for dinner – a restaurant right on the river famous for its mighty Hay Stack sandwich, which featured on Man vs Food. And if you’re in search of a little light pampering, you can make an appointment at KP Esthetics. For visitors looking for somewhere with an interesting history, beautiful views, and great food all in one, Lewiston is the place to go.


Olcott is an extremely charming hamlet located in Niagara County, New York. Best-known for its beautiful beach and Lake Ontario views, it’s a wonderful place to spend time among family and friends. Krull Park offers the perfect spot for picnics, with playgrounds for kids to enjoy. The Lakeview Village Shoppes are a wonderful spot to leisurely shop and grab ice cream while enjoying the views. They’re open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and on weekends in September and October. 

Just west of Krull Park is one of the region’s hidden treasures, the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. This restored amusement park offers rides and games for only 25 cents each, with no admission fee! Olcott also offers plenty of fun experiences and events throughout the summer, including the Mermaid Festival and the Pirate Festival, plus live music at the Olcott Gazebo. 


Lockport, New York, has quite a few hidden gems that make it a worthwhile visit while you’re in the Niagara Region. Historians point to the Erie Canal as the first “school” of civil engineering in the United States, as in 1825 the Canal was completed – taking the Niagara Region’s story in a whole new direction. You can learn more about its history at the renowned Erie Canal Discovery Center, on a cruise down the Lockport Locks, or with boat ride into the Lockport Caves. There’s also a unique steam punk themed café called Steam Works, the perfect place to pick up a honey latte before taking on the John B. Austin Nature Trail’s gorgeous walking paths.


Youngstown, New York, is a historic village located just 11 miles north of Niagara Falls. Home of Old Fort Niagara, this is a place you won’t want to miss – especially if you’re a history buff. The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years, and if you visit during tourist season, you’ll meet plenty of reenactors who passionately recreate the village’s colorful past. If you visit during the off season, you can enjoy self- or audio-guided tours and hourly musket demonstrations, alongside the Fort’s permanent exhibits and period rooms. 

Youngstown is also where you can find Niagara Jet City Cruises, an exhilarating tourist attraction that takes you on a white-water jet tour through the Niagara Gorge.

There’s so much to do in the Niagara Region, with each area offering its own unique experiences. At Niagara Falls Adventures, we pride ourselves on ensuring you have the best, most memorable experience of the Niagara Region, creating memories to last a lifetime. If you’re interested in seeing and booking more activities in the area, consider Explore Niagara your one-stop-shop for the finest attractions in Niagara Falls, New York!