If You Want to Reel in the Big One
The crisp, cold waters of Lake Ontario are popular with trophy-worthy salmon and trout, especially along the Niagara Bar, where the Niagara River meets the lake. Book a charter to navigate toward the best honey holes, or bring your own rig — with boat launches at Fort Niagara State Park, Golden Hill State Park and Wilson Tuscarora State Park.
If You’ve Got the Family in Tow
Pack a lunch and head to scenic Krull Park in the quaint-as-can-be shoreside hamlet known as Olcott, where you’ll find picnic pavilions, a splash pad and playgrounds aplenty. From there, take advantage of the 25-cent carousel rides at the historic Olcott Beach Carousel Park, which is just a short stroll away, or hit the boardwalk at the Lakeview Village Shoppes to browse the wares or grab a sweet treat.