Ready to discover what you will find surrounding Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway? The gaming and racing you’ll find at these two venues provide enough reason to head over to the area.
But if you’re looking to take a day or two to explore Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding areas, this is a great guide for you. Turn your casino experience into a complete vacation or weekend getaway.
Below, there’s a list of seven attractions you’ll find in the region, and they range from state parks to fairgrounds, and other exciting options that you must explore when you make the trip to Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway.
So, are you ready to discover seven hotspots surrounding this New York gambling destination and nearby racetrack? Let’s get started, so you can plan your vacation itinerary!
Chestnut Ridge Park
Chestnut Ridge Park kicks off our tour of the region. And if you love nature or outdoor recreational activities, keep this hotspot logged in at #1 on the list. You’re looking at 1,213 acres of natural New York beauty in Orchard Park, New York.
Open year-round from 7:00 a.m. to dusk, Chestnut Ridge Park is an ideal attraction to frequent whether you’re here in winter or the summer, especially since the park appeals to recreational activities for all four seasons.
Common activities include facilities and space for tennis, disk golf, hiking, snowmobiling, golf, and sledding. In the summer, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra holds concerts at the sledding hill’s base.
Eternal Flame Falls is one of the hottest of the hotspots in the park, where an eternal flame sits behind the falls within the park. A natural eternal flame, you will find it “burning” regardless of when you venture to the park, and it makes for an eerie yet exciting sight to see behind the falls.
It’s one of the largest county parks in America. And on a clear day, you can catch stunning views of Buffalo’s skyline and Lake Erie. So, you’re getting the trifecta of deciduous forest, the city skyline, and a blue horizon.
Niagara Falls State Park
Another ideal nature experience outside Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway is Niagara Falls State Park. If you’re headed to this area, chances are you’re heading to the falls on the Niagara River anyway, and Niagara Falls State Park rests in the heart of it all.
And when you venture to the park, its trails offer breathtaking overlooks of the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls, and even a small portion of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.
The park sits on just 221 acres, but its overlooks comprise more than just the three primary groups of the Niagara Falls. You’ll also find stunning views of the Niagara Gorge. The park also grants access to the Maid of the Mist Tour, Cave of the Winds, Goat Island, the Tesla statue, and more.
You can’t just plan your casino trip without placing a visit to Niagara Falls on the itinerary. And if you’re looking for a complete tour of the above activities, carve out an entire day’s worth.
Erie County Fairgrounds
You’ll find the Erie County Fairgrounds right in Hamburg, New York, so you won’t travel far if you decide to venture to one of the area’s hottest attractions. The fairgrounds comprise 275 acres, 112 permanent buildings and structures, and four green parks.
And if you’re in town for the Erie County Fair, it’s definitely the place to be if you’re looking for a day off from betting on horse races, but you don’t wish to drive too far for local entertainment. And you can bet that a trip to the fair is unlike any county fair you’ve been to growing up.
That’s especially true if you grew up in a county comprising a hair over 65,000 residents. This 12-day event has grown to cover 275 acres which, if you’re doing the math, dwarfs the 221-acre Niagara Falls State Park. Impressive, huh?
Anyway, it’s safe to bet that you’ll discover an amusement park experience with the atmosphere of a typical county fair. And it’s not something that’s too common these days, as most of your typical county fairs are nothing more than glorified parking lot carnivals and demolition derbies.
And if you’re here when the fair isn’t in town, don’t sweat. Immerse yourself in picturesque nature and scenery by visiting one of the four parks in the area that includes Fries Park, Hickory Tree Park, Baker Park, and Slade Park.
Come on out, enjoy a picnic, and if you have family in the area, Hickory Park is the ideal place for a family reunion, birthday, or work parties.
Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve
So far, we’ve covered three hotspots and now, we’re heading to the fourth, continuing with the nature theme you’ve seen in the past subheadings. If you love natural beauty, then it’s easy to plan a vacation around Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway.
This fossil park is an excellent place to frequent if you’re in the area with family, and it’s geared toward a family-friendly experience. So, if you brought the kids along, place a day at Penn Dixie Fossil Park atop your vacation itinerary.
You’ll find the 57-acre park 40 minutes south of Buffalo, New York. So, if you’re traveling north, it’s a great place to stop on the way to, or on the way home from the area. Enter the park and sort out the finest fossils from the Devonian era.
And if you or someone in your family is a fossil enthusiast, you can bet that this place is more than a must-visit.
Dining at Riverworks
Over 200 reviews via TripAdvisor and a solid 4-star rating should tell you a thing or two about Riverworks. Coming to the venue for a solid meal and local microbrews only Buffalo can provide should tempt you to have lunch or dinner outside the casino for at least one day of your trip.
Oh, and technically, Riverworks is a restaurant that specializes in bar food, so you’ll find your favorite staples like wings, tacos, potato tots, and croissants here. But if you’re a healthy eater, you need not sweat, as they also serve nutritious options like berry salads and more.
Yup, you have a few solid dining options at Hamburg Gaming. But you won’t find quite the nature and up-close views of the city skyline when you head out to Riverworks.
Walden Galleria Mall
Did you hit the jackpot over at Hamburg Gaming, or did you make a small fortune at Buffalo Raceway?
Yes? Fantastic. No? Don’t worry, because you’ll still have an unforgettable shopping spree awaiting you at the Walden Galleria Mall. Having opened in 1989, this two-floor mall offers almost 200 shopping and service options, and 1,600,000 square feet of retail space.
You’ll also find a serviceable food court, a movie theater, several anchor tenants, and as with any shopping mall, lots of specialty outlets. It’s a great place to find a new wardrobe and to catch entertainment, whether you hit it big playing real money slots or the at the races.
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Yes, another piece of nature is headed at you as we close today’s post with Woodlawn Beach State Park. You’ll find this 107-acre state park on the shores of Lake Erie and the Town of Hamburg has remained a key operator.
They allow swimming in the summer, and the beach is open from dawn until dusk from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. The park attracts roughly 150,000 visitors per year and has remained a staple in the Buffalo, New York, region since its creation in 1996.
So, if you’re looking for yet another place to catch stunning views of the lake, a day at the beach, or to attend a party or reunion, Woodland Beach State Park provides quite the hotspot.
Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway provide thrills and an adrenaline-pumping you will get hardly anywhere else in the region. But the Buffalo area is also thriving with epic nature and scenery, with Niagara Falls slated as the primary attraction.
When you’re so close to one of the Big Blue Marble’s natural wonders, you must set out and explore the area. But as you can see from the above list, you have plenty of alternatives to visit, even if you aren’t interested or have already seen the falls.
Have you ventured to Hamburg Gaming and Buffalo Raceway? If so, did you visit any of the attractions listed above? Let us know in the comments and tell us about your experience. Also, let us know if you visited a local attraction not listed here.