Whether you’re a long time resident of New York state or a recent visitor, you’ll quickly learn that there’s a lot more to the great state than the glitzy allure of Manhattan. In fact, newcomers to New York who might only be familiar with the tourist traps of the city may fail to appreciate some of the state’s more subtle charms. For those who eschew the hustle and bustle of Grand Central station and the endless lines to climb the Empire State Building (seriously, don’t bother), the understated beauty of Orchard Park near Buffalo offers the perfect antidote to all that.
Here are some great ways to spend a relaxing vacation in Orchard Park, NY…
Take in a ball game
If you’re a sports fan, the fall is the perfect time to visit Orchard Park. New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills is within striking distance of the village- a veritable haven for football lovers. And now’s the best time to visit as the Buffalo Bills take on the mighty Miami Dolphins on October 20th. And you can get discounted Buffalo Bills vs Dolphins tickets by clicking on our link. You’re welcome! After the excitement of seeing these two power houses clash, you can relax and enjoy a delicious meal and a bite to eat in the relaxing surroundings of Orchard Park proper.
Take a hike to see the Eternal Flame
Lovers of nature and walking enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Eternal Flame Trail Guided Hike organized by the Erie County Parks Department. Join Park Ranger Chuck for a walk to the famous Eternal Flame Falls- where a natural gas-fuelled eternal flame burns beneath the falls themselves. One of nature’s greatest wonders in the stunning Shale Creek Reserve in Chestnut Ridge Park. The program takes place come rain or shine, so make sure you have appropriate clothing options for whatever the weather brings.
Visit Niagara Falls
Orchard Park also puts you within easy reach of the famed Niagara Falls, a landmark that really needs no introduction. And fall is the best time to visit the falls! In off peak season, you’ll get better views of the stunning falls themselves and less of a view of the backs of tourists’ heads. For those who prefer a more relaxed and laid back experience with one of nature’s greatest wonders, October and November are the perfect time to visit.
Party Hearty at the Halloween Witches Ball in Buffalo
Halloween is an American institution. And if you’re the kind of person who loves to party hearty (and spooky) when All Hallow’s Eve rolls around, what better way to celebrate by attending the 2019 Halloween Witches Ball in neighboring Buffalo. Strut your freaky stuff among other fashionably dressed denizens of the macabre while you enjoy the work of local artists, musicians and performers. VIP access will also give you four hours of open bar and all the hors d’oeuvres you can guzzle into your ghoulish gullet!
So, for a fall vacation that offers you everything you could do a lot worse than visit Orchard Park, NY.