Whether you have a penchant for chardonnay or a just for cruising scenic roads, a day trip to Niagara County’s winelands will suit your palate. Many of the region’s wineries are dotted around the town of Lockport, so head west from Niagara Falls and allow Route 104 to take you on a journey. You’ll encounter gorgeous farmlands and postcard vineyards along the way with over 20 wineries on the trail. Some pitstops? Shop for local rosebud wine at Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, experience an artisan ice cream shop at Lake Effect Ice Cream in Lockport, and hit Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards for some pumpkin and apple picking. You’ll be a wine country connoisseur in no time!
The Antiques Road Trip
What could be more romantic than a fall antiquing trip along the winding roads of Niagara County? The region is a treasure trove of quirky antiques and vintage finds, all within day-tripping distance of Niagara Falls. Make the Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market, a former church-turned-market in North Tonawanda, your first stop, before tooling up the road to the quaint Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-Op. Still looking for the perfect souvenir? Head north to the Lewiston Antique Mall, where you’re guaranteed to fill your trunk with local treasures.
Niagara Falls USA is a nature lover’s paradise, so why not hit the road for a self-guided birding trip? While the Niagara River and Lake Ontario are most famous for the region’s birdlife, one of the county’s best natural refuges is the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area tucked away in the far southeastern corner of the county. Over 100,000 birds migrate across its lush 5,000 acres each year, with snow geese being some of the most elusive visitors. Use the parking area along Route 77 as your perch to sit back and watch the world fly by!