Seven Things to Do with Dad this Weekend

1. The Falls

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Dads love adventure, and that’s what Niagara Falls State Park offers! The Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist offer unique experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

2. Head East for Crops and Hops

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There are a variety of wonderful farmer’s markets that offer fresh fruits, vegetables, desserts and other homemade products with a heavy dose of fresh, country scenery. Keep driving and you’ll make it to Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company, where fresh ingredients are turned into tasty brews in the setting of an old cold storage building steeped in history. Local wines are also offered, as well as a unique menu inspired by their wood ovens!

3. Summer Solstice Celebration

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From noon to midnight, Artpark will hold it’s Summer Solstice Celebration featuring the 7th Annual Fairy House Festival and Lehrer Dance. Enjoy performances by Slyboots Circus, spoken word artists, dancers, Buffalo Aerial Dance, costumes by Uta Bekaia,and more. Lehrer Dance, Buffalo's very own professional & international touring dance company, will keep the audience on the edge of their seats in this special performance on the Gene Davis Niagara 1979 "painted parking lot" at 7pm.

4. Oakwood Cemetery Daredevil Tour

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What would motivate someone to challenge the Mighty Niagara? Were these daredevils kooks? Fortune seekers? The Oakwood Daredevil Tour explores the stories of the the Niagara Daredevils. Book a tour at

5. Lewiston Waterfront

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The Lewiston Waterfront is alive on weekends, especially Father’s Day weekend! Enjoy food, drinks and treats at The Silo and Water Street Landing while taking in picturesque river views. The Whirlpool Jet Boat can take your day up a notch, with heart-pounding action through our famous rapids.

6. Go Fishing

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There are at least 13 public fishing access areas managed by local cities and towns, Niagara County, and the state of New York allowing for shoreline fishing or boat access along the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. This region is considered a major destination for sport fishing, with nearby Olcott Beach being named in 2012 World’s Fishing Network “Ultimate Fishing Town”. There are numerous outfitters in Niagara County enabling anglers to charter boats for fishing excursions on the river and lake. Populating the waters of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario include northern pike, perch, bass, lake sturgeon, salmon and trout.

7. Erie Canal Discovery Center


The Erie Canal, opened in 1825, changed the course of commerce and way of life in the United States. The Erie Canal Discovery Center is a new state-of-the-art interpretive center that details the history of the canal and the pivotal role Lockport, N.Y. played in the history of the Erie Canal. Interactive displays let visitors try their hand at moving a boat through locks, hear from people who worked on the canal and built Lockport, explore the task of cutting through the bedrock, and test their knowledge of the canal. After learning about the locks and canal, visitors can walk through the locks area with a better understanding of what they are seeing, and a greater appreciation of the monumental engineering feat that took place in Lockport.

Did you know?

On October 13, 1812, the United States invaded Canada.  Lewiston was the staging area for the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the War of 1812.  Cannons installed on the lawn of Barton Hill were aimed at the village of Queenston, across the Niagara River in Canada.  Troops were quartered on Major Barton's property as well.

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