The quality of life in the City of North Tonawanda is bolstered by the many cultural venues and entertainment options available. Some of the many points of interest include:
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
The only museum in the world housed in an authentic, original carousel factory building. The building and 1916 carousel are listed on both the New York State and National Register of Historic Sites. Exhibits include: operating 1916 carousel, kiddie carrousel, and 20 hand-carved carousel characters.
April - December, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Easter.
Adults $4; children $2.
180 Thompson Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120-0672
Billed as the "Showplace of the Tonawandas", the Riviera Theatre was built during the year 1926, by the Yellen Family. The architects Leon H. Lempart and Son drew the plans, which were patterned after the Italian Renaissance. The interior artwork was painted at the Rochester Studio of Willard M. Lusk, by Ferdinand Kebely.
The Wurlitzer Organ to be installed in the new Theatre, Opus 1524 was shipped from the Wurlitzer Factory on November 19, 1926. Listed as a Model 235 Special, the organ differed from a standard 3 manual 11 rank Model 235, by substituting an Oboe Horn rank of pipes from the standard Salicional pipes usually found on this model. Other differences included the omission of the standard remote Piano, and a 5 H.P. blower instead of the 7-1/2 H.P. The console was painted and decorated to harmonize with the Theatre's interior, by Wurlitzer's Band Organ Artist.
67 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Carnegie Art Center
Carnegie Art Center is a catalyst for cultural, economic and community development. A multi-disciplinary arts space, it challenges the community with exhibitions of contemporary art, engages children and adults with vibrant art and dance classes, develops professional workshops for artists and organizations, and supports regional cultural tourism efforts. It was originally built in 1904 as the City of North Tonawanda's public library, funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.http://www.carnegieartcenter.org
North Tonawanda History Museum
Quality programs on the history of the Lumber City, the North Tonawanda History Museum is a research center for history buffs, students of all ages, genealogists, and historians. With over 17,000 annual visitors, the History Museum strives to assemble, preserve, protect, and exhibit iconic items representing the history of the people of North Tonawanda.
54 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Already home to fourteen professional theaters, Buffalo's reputation as an emerging national center for the arts continues to grow. You'll find touring Broadway musicals at Shea's Performing Arts Center, a European-style opera house of real grandeur in the heart of downtown; the greatest works of comedic and dramatic literature at the Irish Classical Theatre Company; plays by African-Americans and people of color at Ujima Theatre; new work by up-and-coming playwrights at the Alleyway Theatre; and eclectic menu of musicals, comedies and drama at the lovely and intimate Kavinoky Theatre on the Campus of D'Youville College; and entertainment for young audiences at Theatre of Youth in the meticulously-restored Allendale Theatre in the historic Allentown neighborhood.
First Niagara Center on Buffalo's waterfront regularly reverberates when the monsters of rock come to town. The University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts in suburban Amherst also hosts a full schedule of concerts, dance performances and lectures. You'll find jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as part of its Jazz Series; country, blues and rock at the Tralf on Main Street downtown; and experimental and avant-garde music at Soundlab.
Niagara Falls may be the one of the most famous destinations in the world, but the region offers many other natural sites and wonders. The Buffalo Parks System was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York City's Central Park. A bike path parallels the Niagara River from Lake Erie all the way to Niagara County where it meets with the Erie Canal. The Niagara Scenic Parkway, which runs from Fort Erie, Ontario to Niagara Falls is breathtaking. Eight different ski areas dot the hillsides south of Buffalo. The region boasts more than 35 public golf courses and many private country clubs. Fresh water fishing on Lake Ontario and in the Niagara River below the Falls is among the best in the world.
Buffalo Niagara is the proud home of both a national football and hockey team. Regional support for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, who play in Orchard Park, is legendary. The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the most successful franchises in the NHL over the last 30 years. The Sabres are at home in the First Niagara Center along the waterfront in the city of Buffalo. A few blocks away from the Arena, the AAA Buffalo Bisons play baseball in Coca Cola Field, one of the most picturesque ballparks in all of North America. Buffalo is also home to other professional sports teams including indoor lacrosse, the Buffalo Bandits, and the NPSL soccer club FC Buffalo. On a collegiate level, the region boasts a wide variety of NCAA Division I college athletics.
Visit the Wildest place in town! Located in 23.5 acres of beautiful Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoo exhibits a diverse collection of wild and exotic animals. Open year- round, the Buffalo Zoo is the perfect place for families to explore their wild side!
300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
A National Historic Landmark Site, Artpark is a picturesque 150 acre performing and visual arts park located in a New York State Park along the historic Niagara River Gorge on land rich in both Native American history, pioneer and early American history.
Artpark's main theater opened in July of 1974 on land that was once the Lower Landing of the nine mile Niagara Portage that skirted the unnavigable Gorge and Falls. Designated as a National Historic Landmark (in 1998), Artpark includes several archeological sites, including a Hopewell Mound from one of the earliest Native American mound building cultures and the remnants of the much more recent Oak Hill Mansion.
Artpark is also a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat, National Audubon Society birding site (along the Niagara River Corridor), and a popular destination for hiking, picnics, and fishing.
Self guided walking tours are available at the Information Centers or at the Artpark Security Desk.
450 South 4th Street
Lewiston, NY 14092v (716) 754-4375
Fax (716) 754-2741
The Chautauqua Institution is a center for the arts, education, religion and recreation in a lakeside Victorian village situated in a beautiful, secure setting. The full program takes place during the nine-week summer season, Jun 25-Aug 28, 2005.
1 Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 357-6200 or (800) 836-2787
Old Fort Niagara
Three-hundred years of history...just minutes from the Falls via Robert Moses Parkway North. Original French and British buildings and fortifications from the 1700s, living history demonstrations and historical exhibits. Great family fun!
Fort Niagara Historic Site
Youngstown, NY 14174-0169
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Historic house museum where Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as our 26th President in 1901. The Site is the only National Park location in Western New York.
641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202