75 Inn Keepers Lane
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 691-6510
Fax: (716) 691-3454
Competing teams enter the 9,200-square-foot, multi-level sports arena that's complete with crazy lighting, fog machines and secret passages. Each player carries a phaser to zap the enemy and wears a vest with sensors, identification lights and LED readout. This facility is a popular spot for birthday parties, other celebrations and corporate events. Participants can also enjoy Tron Racing, an outdoor attraction, featuring state-of-the art electric race cars and Cyber Sport, an interactive team game for up to 10 players, where players ride in custom-made cyber cars. The facility also has arcade games, a snack bar and party room. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This 82-foot-tall golf dome operated by the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department features 48 tee stations on two levels to practice your swing. There is also a 3,500-square-foot putting and chipping green and a practice bunker. Kids of all ages will enjoy the 18-hole Brighton Bay miniature golf course. Golf attire and equipment can be purchased at the Pro Golf Discount Store, and golfers look forward to lunch and dinner at the Gallery Grill. Kid’s birthday party package include a party room, pizza, mini golf, driving range, free passes to other town facilities, and a gift for the birthday child. – Christine A. Smyczynski
The Amherst Pepsi Center, a 182,000 square foot, two-story facility, is one of the largest recreational ice complexes in the country. The facility has four ice surfaces, which are used for recreational open skating, youth, adult and USA hockey, figure skating, and inline roller hockey. Located within the center is Performance Sports Training, an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, the premier sports training company in western New York. The center also has a pro shop, Front Row Sports, the largest supplier of sports equipment in the Niagara region. The center is surrounded with 20 acres of green space with 5 softball, 2 baseball, three soccer and a junior football field. Hours vary daily, call for skate times. – Christine A. Smyczynski
This path, which is located in suburban Buffalo behind the Amherst Police department, has recreational trails for hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The 2.3-mile trail winds through the woods and along the shores of Walton Pond and Audubon Lake, which are home to native waterfowl. The woods that surround the lake comprise an old growth forest, which includes some 150-year-old trees. The trails are flat, making them perfect for novice cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter, and hikers and bikers in the summer. The library and town senior citizens center are also located adjacent to the park. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Built in 1993, UB Stadium at the University of Buffalo is an approximately 30,000 seater home ground for the football bulls. Though, primarily used for hosting football matches it also has A 400-meter racing track and other facilities such as press box, high-tech training facilities, meeting rooms and even luxury suites, thus making this stadium an A-list venue, and very deservingly so.
Situated in a National Historic Site building in North Tonawanda, this center offers a series of rotating monthly exhibits in its three galleries. The center also features performance arts, lectures, video and film and instructional workshops for children and adults. A non-profit organization, the center tries to concentrate on the promotion of local artists and artisans. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase artwork and hand-crafted pieces. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted to help with day-to-day costs.
Parkside Lanes Inc., more popularly known as Game Zone Parkside Lanes makes bowling a pleasurable experience. Several bowling lanes and special bowling events are the best attractions at this center. There is both open and league bowling available for amateurs and pros. Parkside Lanes is also used occasionally as a venue for live music performances by rock bands. Its space has also been used for community events like a fund-raiser for a non-profit organization.
The largest of Buffalo's three public parks that include golf courses, this one named for Buffalo native and former President Grover Cleveland offers 18 holes directly across the Main Street Campus of the University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to the course, there are also tennis courts and a polo field. The course is a par 69 for men and a 72 for women, all compiled upon a beautiful 5584 yards. A pro shop, food concession and golf cart rentals are available, check website for tee-times and other information.
Located in Amherst, this 18-hole par 69 is short on distance at 5,584 yards, but it can be tricky with well-placed bunkers and water in play. A public course, it offers gas cart rentals, a golf pro on site, pro shop and rental clubs. Practice makes perfect with a putting green as well as chipping and bunker areas.
One of the oldest in the U.S. and in existence since 1875, this zoo displays more than 1,000 species of animals and 300 types of plants on its 23-acre Delaware Park site. Newer attractions include the lion and tiger habitats, and the gorilla rain forest exhibit. Favorites include the children's petting zoo, polar bears and the North American Bison. Food, a seasonal carousel and train rides are available. This is a great way to visit your favourite animals in their naturalistic habitats. Especially worth mentioning is their new and lush Rainforest Falls exhibit.
Beautiful views of the river and the strong winds gusting off it make Gratwick Waterfront Park a popular tourist destination almost anytime of the year. The park attracts families who love hosting picnics and get together events at the park. Besides this, one can also find kids playing football and other team games on the dedicated play field. Every year, the residents of North Tonawanda gear up for the Niagara River Rocks Concert Series which is held at the Gratwick Waterfront Park. Scintillating live music performances by artists and bands from across the country feature in its calender or events.
The jewel of Buffalo's park system, this public space was one of six designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century. Its 365 acres include one of Buffalo's three public golf courses (Delaware Park Golf Course), plus tennis courts, baseball diamonds, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and it hosts the popular Shakespeare in the Park Festival every summer. The Rose Garden makes a perfect setting for a romantic walk when Spring arrives and in the winter, bring your skis and do some cross-country skiing over the demarcated trails.