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Attractions in Western New York (L-Z)


Lily Dale Assembly, Lily Dale, Chautauqua County

Lily Dale Assembly, the world's largest spiritualist community, begins its 118th season, cradled on the shores of Cassadaga Lakes. Lily Dale spiritualists offer visitors daily public clairvoyance and healing, plus workshops and lectures.716-595-8721.

Midway Park, Chautauqua County

Midway Park, Chautauqua County, offers rides, beach, miniature golf, a roller rink, go karts, bumper boats, water wars, an arcade, plus docking facilities. 716-386-3165.

Niagara Falls, Niagara County

Visitors drink in the vista of Niagara's relentless waters from many angles. Some promenade opposite the mighty torrent on sidewalks barely damp with spray. Others gaze from the deck of the Maid of the Mist excursion boat just below the thundering cascade. Many more choose to peer out from the Cave of the Winds behind the colossal cataract. A few gaze from towers or even from the safety of a helicopter high above. Few would deny that the waters of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls are indeed numbered among the Seven Wonders of the World. 800-338-7890. Also, the Niagara Power Project Visitors' Center & Fishing Platform, Lewiston. 716-285-3211. One of the largest hydroelectric power projects in the world. Hands-on displays, computer games. Fishing platform & cleaning station.

Pageant of Steam, Canandaigua, Ontario County

If you hanker to see those old steam monsters still running check out the Canandaigua Pageant of Steam, every August. 585-394-8102.

Rochester Philharmonic, Rochester, Monroe County

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents a stunning array of classical, pops, opera and family concerts. The spotlight shines on local virtuosi and international guest artists alike. Winter performances are held in the spectacular Eastman School of Music's Eastman Theatre. In July, the orchestra entertains at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, in a relaxed outdoor setting. 585-454-2620.

Seabreeze Park, Rochester, Monroe County

Seabreeze Amusement Park on the edge of Irondequoit Bay is back! After losing its 1909 vintage carousel in a fire several years ago, Seabreeze has harnessed a brand new ring of galloping horses who bound over imaginary obstacles, carrying giggling riders with sticky cotton candy hands. 800-395-2500.

Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, Monroe County

The Rocky Coasts have come to the Rochester. Seneca Park Zoo's multi-million dollar exhibit provides underwater viewing of polar bears, sea lions and penguins. The zoo is home to the state's only African elephants and Bornean orangutans, plus over 300 other inspiring animals. 585-467-9453.

Shaker Festival, Sodus, Wayne County

Shakers had a number of settlements in Western New York. The first was at Sodus, Wayne County in the 1820s. The sect moved to Groveland, Livingston County, in the 1830s. Since one of their basic tenets forbade sex, the communities eventually withered away. Shaker Festival/Antique Show: July 26, Alasa Farm, Alton, Wayne County. 315-483-6321.

Smith Opera House , Geneva, Ontario County

Once the flagship of the old Schine Theater chain, Geneva's Smith Opera House is bent on recapturing its glory days, hosting 50 live events each year-anything from the Vienna Boys Choir to steel drum concerts. 315-781-LIVE.

Sterling Renaissance Festival, Sterling, Cayuga County

Be thee knave or noble, commoner or courtier, all of the Queen's subjects are hereby summoned to the Sterling Renaissance Festival & Summer Marketplace in Cayuga County. Get ready to carouse! Don't miss riveting events at the Mud Pit, Frogge Pond and Jousting field. A cast of 600 takes you back to 1585-whether you want to go or not. For a tasty treat, try the Queen's Latrine. 800-879-4446.

Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, Erie County

A crown jewel in Buffalo's cultural scene, Studio Arena Theatre is Western New York's only professional regional theater. Buffalo. 800-77-STAGE.

The New Farm Market, Wyoming, Wyoming County

One of two large farm markets is The Farm is open Saturdays & Sundays and offers indoor and open air vendors, entertainment, and arts & crafts. Both provide an opportunity for down-home family country fun. 585-237-2652.

The Windmill Farm Market, Dundee, Yates County

One of two large farm markets in WNY is The Windmill Farm & Craft Market in Yates County. It is open Saturdays and offers indoor and open air vendors, entertainment, and arts & crafts. Both provide an opportunity for down-home family country fun. 585-385-2555.

Walnut Hill Driving Competition, Pittsford, Monroe County

Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition, Monroe County. Over 200 horsemen from Europe, Canada and the United States display their horses and a medley of 19th century carriages in a variety of competitions. August. 585-546-3070.

Watkins Glen Races, Watkins Glen, Schuyler County

Five major divisions of NASCAR racing, including the Winston Cup and SuperTrucks; Vintage Week are featured at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. For Schedule call 607-535-2486.

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