Your history lessons continue, but in more nostalgic, delicious ways. At the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, a favorite North Tonawanda tourism spot, you can take a spin on an original Alan Herschell carrousel — its horses were carved back in 1916 from the lumber that made North Tonawanda famous. Be sure to explore the historic complex, which was built in the early 20th century to house the factory that made America’s most famous carousels. Afterwards, head to Platter’s Chocolate Factory to get a taste of Platter’s legendary orange chocolate and sponge candy, made the same way since 1938. Be sure to linger long enough to take a peek at the process — or to sample the goods in the factory’s ice cream shop.
Lunch: Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. shares space with Platter’s — they’re both housed in the landmark Wurlitzer building that dates back to 1892. Settle in for a hearty sandwich or a woodfired pizza and wash it down with a Woodcock IPA or a Niagara Lager. Afterwards, be sure to pop into Tattered Tulip Home — also in the Wurlizter Building! — to browse the farmhouse-chic décor and curated gifts.