7462 Seneca Rd N
Hornell, NY 14843
Phone: (607) 324-0800
Fax: (607) 324-0905
For an exhilarating adventure across the sky, there's nothing like a ride in a hot air balloon. The views over the 14,000-acre Letchworth State Park (about 1.5 hours southeast of Buffalo) are spectacular and with 600-foot cliffs that feature waterfalls along the Genesee River Gorge, just make sure you don't suffer from vertigo. Excursions last between two and three hours with flights either at sunrise or hours before sunset. Flights end with a champagne toast before the knowledgeable guides and assistants drive passengers back to their vehicles.
Adventure Calls bills themselves as Western New York’s Premier River Runners. They offer white water adventures in three locations, the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park, Cattaraugus Creek/Zoar Valley in Gowanda, and the Salmon River in Pulaski. Their professional river guides are licensed in New York State and are all certified as either EMT’s or first responders, with at least ten years of experience on average. The Genesee River offers a less wild adventure for first time paddlers and families, while Cattaraugus Creek in the springtime offers a more thrilling ride. The Salmon River features class III whitewater in July and August. Rafting tours depart from 3 locations: Letchworth State Park in Castile (GPS Coordinate N42 35.439 W078 01.600), NY; 9 South Water Street in Gowanda, NY (GPS Coordinate N42 27.760 W078 56.093) ; Browns Family Campground in Pulaski, NY (GPS Coordinate N43 31.076 W076 00.927)-Christine A. Smyczynski
This 14,350-acre state park, which is 17 miles long, is known as the "Grand Canyon of the East" because of its 600-foot-deep gorge. Deep in the gorge, the Genesee River flows over 20 waterfalls, including three main ones. The park has 66 miles of hiking trails, along with trails for horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The land was once owned by William Pryor Letchworth, a Buffalo businessman, who donated the land to the state in 1859. Letchworth's former country estate, the Glen Iris Inn, is now a country inn and restaurant. Camping is also available at the park year-round. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Also known as the Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, this skiing resort is located in South Bristol, New York. Having a vertical height of 1200 feet (365 meters), it features several trails ranging from easy to difficult levels. The resort facilities include night skiing, snowmaking, and cross-country skiing, two high speed chairlifts, surface lifts, a shop and a rental center on the top of the mountain, dining facilities, child care center, demo center, meetings and wedding facilities, ski patrol, and more.
The Wyoming County International Speedway is a popular racing track and has been serving racing enthusiasts since 1959. Apart from racing competitions, it also hosts benefit races that assist charitable organizations. For event updates, check website.
Minnehans Fun Center is a great choice for family leisure in Lakeville. It offers a range of entertainment activities including four outdoor go-karting tracks for all skill levels. Explore the Discovery Zone, play rounds of golf at the Golf Driving Range, and enjoy recreation at the batting cages and gaming arcade. Make a pit-stop at the food counters for hamburgers, pizza and their signature custard ice cream cakes.
This 324-acre nature sanctuary is sponsored by the Buffalo Audubon Society. Year-round activities are available, along with seasonal festivals. The nature center has seven miles of marked hiking trails, along with a boardwalk with handrails for the physically challenged. The visitor's center houses nature-related exhibits, along with a discover room for children. The grounds are home to a variety of animals, as well as migrating birds. Visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. There is also an observatory with a 20-inch diameter telescope, which is open to the public.
This 431-acre park is located on land that once was owned by the county "poor house" in the late 1800s. It is the first and oldest county forest in the state. The park has gently rolling hills and five small ponds. There are six miles of trails that can be used for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are also snowmobile trails. The trail system also has Braille and large-print signs. The interpretive center has many hands-on exhibits for children. Other park amenities include picnic tables, grills, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, playground equipment and baseball fields. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Also known as Boughton Hill, the Ganondagan State Historic Site is located in Ontario County, New York. It is a Native American historic site consisting of two sections - Boughton Hill and Fort Hill. It is a site where thousands of Seneca people lived more than 300 years ago. The site now has a visitors’ center, a Seneca long house and self-guided trails around the town. For more information on lodging options, events and other local attractions, visit their website.
The Merle family has been producing maple products for over 100 years. With 16,000 taps they are one of the top ten producers in New York State. In addition to syrup they make a variety of maple products including maple cream, maple mustard, maple sugar and maple candy. They have won top prizes at the state fair several years in a row. While the farm is open for sales year-round, the best time to visit is during Maple Weekend in March. During this event they offer tours of the sugaring house, horse-drawn wagon rides, kid's activities and product samples.
The Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack is a place to take risks with a front row seat for all of the action. This facility offers more than 1000 gaming machines and hosts live thoroughbred horse races eight months of the year.
Pumpkinville is said to be the one of the oldest continually operating pumpkin farm in New York State. Pumpkinville started out in the 1960s as a roadside pumpkin stand and has grown to a 200-acre farm; one of the area's largest fall tourist destinations. More than 80,000 people visit the attraction during its six week season. It features pumpkins in a 10 acre pumpkin patch, a six-acre corn maze, pony rides, crafts by local artisans and lots of delicious foods. Several themed festivals are planed for some of the weekends, including an apple cider weekend, fall festival weekend and a great pumpkin weigh-off. -Christine Smyczynski