Places we Visit in Western New York for Holidays

Monday, January 7, 2019
We stopped at the New York State Welcome Center at the Grand Island  on the way from Scranton, PA  to Buffalo. To get to this WNY Welcome Center, you have to use the Whitehaven Road exit on the 190. What awaits you is a HUGE " I Love NY" sign and a building that is part museum and part snack bar. Inside there is a lot of NY history on the walls plus a huge sitting area and many table to eat at. There is a Taste of NY snack shop with all kinds of "goodies" from Western NY for sale.  Food is a little pricey but not unexpected. There is a huge amount of parking both for cars and  trucks plus a number of electric charging stations.

We have been gone for nearly seven years but I guess we still NY!


This is one of my favorite welcome centers we have ever been.

1. The Buffalo City Hall

Soaring 32 stories above Buffalo, the city’s municipal government seat offers spectacular panoramic views and fascinating insights into the history of the area. You cannot miss Buffalo’s municipal government building, which towers above the otherwise low city skyline. Buffalo City Hall is the gem of this city in upstate New York. Be sure to see the interior, which is just as beautiful as the outside.

The city hall is located at 65 Niagara Square, the hub of downtown Buffalo.



2. Winter trip at Niagara Falls, New York

When the temperatures drop and the crowds thin, Niagara Falls State Park becomes even more magical. With trees that sparkle and views that take your breath away. The water and beauty doesn't stop when the summer ends, and there is nothing more breathtaking than the Niagara Falls in the winter.

Not just for honeymooners, Western New York’s Niagara Falls offers inspiring views of one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, along with history, wine and adventure.



3. Visit Buffalo and  Erie County Naval and Military Parks

Canalside is a great place to visit at least once. There is a small but informative museum before you board the three ships that are permanently docked there. You follow a well-marked path through the ships, seeing all the major areas in ships and subs in the World War II era. Many of the rooms also have exhibits, telling you about the people who worked on these ships.



4. Stop by at Key Bank Center and Alumni Plaza 

We hadn't been to this arena since it was renamed as KeyBank Center. We like  what the've done it. The Alumni Plaza  is where the Sabres honor their former players.  It is the largest indoor arena in Western New York, seating 19,070 fans in its normal configuration, and was constructed primarily for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).  And as being a big Sabres fan no trip to downtown Buffalo without stopping by here.




What place do you want to visit or you have been during winter? Share it with us on the comment below.

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for this tour! I only knew the Big Apple to have tall buildings. I did not know this side of the city.

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    1. Your welcome sir, New York State is huge. This trip of ours is on upState NY where the famous Niagara Falls located. Close by is the Canada border. New York City is about 6-7 hours drive from from Buffalo.

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  2. What beautiful places to visit! I would love to go to any of these places. Niagara Falls is actually at the top of my list. My husband would love the military parks.

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  3. Such great and beautiful places to visit plus your photos are great. Really makes me want to be there already.

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  4. The Buffalo City hall is a huge building, too big to be called a city hall. I would be interested in the opportunity to visit the three military ships. I would not mind visiting Niagara Falls again.

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    1. Not only that city hall of Buffalo offers free tour inside building during week-days. And Niagara Falls is only half hour away.

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  5. Beautiful images, I have been to NY before but as a single tourist, you dont get to see as much.If I have a chance to Visit NY again, will first have to read your posts to get more insider info.
    Really helpful and informative,thanks for sharing.

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    1. Your welcome I'm glad you find this post very helpful.

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  6. One of my dreams is to visit the USA one day! New York is one of the cities you cannot miss while being there! If I ever have the opportunity to travel to NY, I'll definitely visit these places, too! :)

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    1. You will not regret visiting New York State on your first visit to US. I hope one day you make it!

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  7. I've been to New York a couple times on day trips from New jersey where i Have family. I would love to actually go and stay for a few days instead of one day and check out all these cool places!

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  8. Awesome visit to the western part of New York! But I would rather go there when it's not snowing :(. I can't stand the cold. Your photos make it look so gorgeous though!

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  9. It was quite a relaxing read. Your travel pictures and courageous to travel even more.

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  10. Baby it's cold ouside. I love NY too! I used to live in NYC for 4 years. The pic of Buffalo City Hall is a big wao! That's a building!

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  11. These would be some really beautiful spots! I have always wanted to go to New York.

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  12. Love all your pictures. All these places look wonderful to visit!

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  13. I have been to NY so many times and have never been to these places! Will need to visit them next time

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  14. I'd love to visit Niagara Falls! I prefer summer and spring weather but I'm sure its lovely during the winter as you mentioned

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  15. I was *JUST* thinking about how I wanted to go to Niagara Falls sometime soon! I've never been! The only part of New York I have been to is NYC. There's so much more to see in the state!

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  16. Thanks for sharing you travel story with. Nice post and pic.

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  17. I've always wanted to see New York! That city hall looks gorgeous! I'm a sucker for symmetrical architecture! Thank you for sharing these beautiful locations with us!

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  18. Omg I have been to Niagara Falls and it is so lovely! It was extremely hot when I went mid Summer but looking at the winter pictures, I would love to visit again soon! Thanks for sharing.

    XO Andie Comala
    http://andiesparkles.com

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  19. Such beautiful pplaces you viisted but I'd love to visit the Niagara falls which offer such a spectacular scene, especially during summer!

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  20. That's one big city whole, well, after all New York is one big city. Is it really the Niagara falls we all know, or it a man-made park? Sorry a bit ignorant about this.

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  21. rishi verma
    hi, this really very good article regarding experice of famous spot in the world through clicks it seems that i have been there I would love to go

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