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Attractions in Western New York (A-K)


Arcade & Attica RR, Attica, Wyoming County

Your train to yesteryear boards at the Arcade & Attica Railroad yard year-round, but the 90-minute journey into railroading history is particularly appealing when the autumn foliage is at its peak. Try October. 585-492-3100.

Artpark, Lewiston, Niagara County

Artpark is summer theater at its finest, presenting musical productions and headliner shows in the 2400 seat Mainstage Theater & adjacent seating lawn. Weekly concerts in Upper Park Amphitheater. Seasonal: Park open year round dawn to dusk Artpark Theater & Art Season: June - September Call for hours and schedule. 450 South Fourth Street Lewiston, NY 14092 (716) 754-4375 www.artpark.net

Attica Rodeo, Attica, Wyoming County

You don't have to go out west to enjoy a rodeo! The 45th annual Attica Championship Rodeo is Aug. 1-3, 800-839-3919. Also enjoy the 58th Annual Gerry Rodeo (Aug. 6-10) in Chautauqua County, the oldest consecutive rodeo east of the Mississippi. Gerry Rodeo, 716-985-4847..

Batavia Downs OTB & Racetrack Exhibition Center, Batavia, Genesee County

Resuming Live harness racing on July 29. Batavia Downs Racetrack "The Friendly Track." 585-343-3750.

Bristol Valley Theatre, Naples, Ontario County

Professional summer stock comes to the Bristol Hills-musicals, comedy, mystery thrillers. Touted as the best summer theater in the region Bristol Valley Theater runs from late June through Labor Day. 585-374-6318.

Buffalo Philharmonic, Buffalo, Erie County

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the nation's best, presents weekend classics and pops concerts. Highlights for 1997 include Doc Severinsen and Al Jarreau. Special Sunday Discovery Series for Children. Weekday series: Sight, Sound & Symphony; TGIF Series. Kleinhans Music Hall. 716-885-5000.

Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, Erie County

The lowland gorilla habitat continues to thrive at Buffalo Zoological Gardens. Five gorillas have been born at the zoo and are under the age of six. Attractions include the new African Predator Exhibit, displayed as wild African plains; the World of Wildlife Discovery Center; Children's Zoo, plus over 1,000 animals, including a rare white tiger. 716-837-3900.

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, Chautauqua County

Would you care for a little Toscanini after your Tennessee Williams? Or a bit of tai-chi before tennis? "Art, science, society, religion, patriotism, education-whatever tends to enlarge, refine and ennoble the individual" is taught and embraced at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua County. The lakeside community bustles with 142,000 visitors each summer. Some rest in fairy tale Victorian cottages; others prefer the grand old Athenaeum, dining at Thomas Edison's favorite table. 800-836-ARTS.

Clemens Center, Elmira, Chemung County

Elmira's Clemens Center presents a full calendar of events to suit all tastes: Broadway plays, live concerts by contemporary artists, classical ballet, country superstars, modern dance, stand-up comedy, children's theater, rock & roll! 800-724-0159.

Darien Lake Theme Park, Darien Center, Genesee County

Ever expanding, Darien Lake in Genesee County continues to build its roller coaster collection. Featuring a full selection of roller coasters as well as family and children-oriented rides, Darien Lake has something for everyone. Darien Lake, 585-599-4641.

Finger Lakes Performing Arts, Canandaigua, Ontario County

The Finger Lakes Performing Art Center is one of two venues that compete for the biggest names in popular music. The other is The Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Genesee County. Both have been successful in bringing headline acts to Western New York for the summer concert season.

Finger Lakes Race Track , Farmington, Ontario County

Thoroughbred racing.at Farmington, Ontario County 585-924-3232.

Genesee CountryVillage, Mumford, Monroe County

At Genesee Country Village, authentically-dressed villagers go about their daily business, whether it be blacksmith, printer or merchant. This living history museum is an authentic expression of regional life 150 years ago. The museum is comprised of a 19th century village featuring 57 historically significant structures; the Gallery of Sporting Art offering the works of wildlife artists like Audubon and Tunnicliffe; and a 375-acre Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge. Special events, like a Civil War reenactment or Bagpipe Weekend, make each museum trip unique. Genesee Country Village, Mumford, Monroe County. 585-538-6822.

Genesee Valley Hunt, Geneseo, Livingston County

Features horse races & family fair day, horse trials and hunter pace events, as well as regular fox hunts. For more information about these events please visit www.geneseevalleyhunt.org

GeVa Theatre, Rochester, Monroe County

Drawing talent from Broadway, film and television, Rochester's premier professional GeVa Theatre presents yearly productions. Rochester. 585-232-GEVA.

Hill Cumorah Pageant, near Palmyra, Wayne County

Performed each July on the very site where 14-year-old Joseph Smith purportedly discovered what was to become known as the Book of Mormon, the spectacular Hill Cumorah Pageant has been described as a techno-dazzling epic of ancient American inhabitants. A cast of 600 brings the story to life with music, dance, drama and state-of-the-art special effects. Free. 315-597-6008.

1941 Historic Aircraft Group

The 1941 Historic Aircraft Group is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and displaying old and rare aircraft in flying condition,with an emphasis on the World War II era. 585-243-2100. www.1941hag.org

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