The Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Casinos comprise three small casinos in Salamanca, Irving, and Cuba (Oil Spring location), New York. Seneca Gaming and Entertainment also operates the poker room at Seneca Niagara Casino, so you can count it as an unofficial fourth casino.
Today’s post outlines 12 hot vacation spots surrounding the casinos in the Salamanca, Irving, Cuba, and Niagara Falls regions. You’ll find additional casinos on this list in Seneca Allegany Casino and Seneca Niagara Casino, as you’ll find one in proximity to the Salamanca location.
Since a trip to these small casinos is often part of a larger vacation, you can also use this post to unearth some obscure and hidden gems in each of the four areas to add to an overall vacation itinerary.
Ready for a tour of fun things to do besides gambling in New York? Let’s begin.
Evangola State Park
Ranking #1 per TripAdvisor’s Things to Do in Irving, Evangola State Park’s waters are so clear you can see the bottom regardless of how far out you wade—at least until your feet no longer touch the sand.
If you’re in the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s Irving location, and you’re craving a day at the beach on the Shores of Lake Erie, Evangola State Park is the place to be.
Open year-round from dawn to dusk, Evangola State Park offers biking, nature trails, a playground and playing fields, a disc golf course, fishing, and winter recreational activities. During the summer and early fall months, they also provide dozens of campsites, so if that’s your thing, you know where to turn.
Willow Creek Winery
Women-owned and operated, you’re looking at perhaps the most distinguishable wineries in the State of New York. Hidden within a historic 19th century farm and providing a stunning view of the surrounding New York wilderness, Willow Creek Winery is the place to enjoy a peaceful summertime afternoon or evening.
You’ll find willow trees, wildlife, a nearby pond, waterfalls, and multiple vineyards used to manufacture handcrafted wines. They offer 20 different wines comprising semi-sweets, sweets, carbonated sweets, blends, oak-aged dyes, and so much more.
If you’re looking for the best-tasting wine in the state of New York, you will discover it here at Willow Creek Winery.
Sunset Bay Beach Club
Looking for the nightlife scene? Sunset Bay Beach Club is where it’s happening, and it’s one of the most vibrant waterfront nightclubs in the state of New York.
So, if you want to dance the night away or an afternoon of fun on the beach, Sunset Bay Beach Club is calling your name.
Come out and experience the thrills of the area’s hottest DJs and music artists or chill to the relaxing atmosphere, the blue waves on the beach will guarantee to set the perfect scene.
Cuba Cheese Museum
Known for its cheese, it’s worth a visit to stop in at the Cuba Cheese Museum if you venture out to Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s Oil Spring location.
Come in and receive an education on the history of cheese in the town of Cuba, New York, and gain a firsthand experience on how technology increased agricultural production on one of America’s favorite snacks.
It’s an educational experience fit for the family, so if you got the crew with you on this one, mark the Cuba Cheese Museum on your itinerary when planning your gambling trip.
Waterways Golf Resort
You’re looking at a beautiful golf course that captures the region’s picturesque scenery when you venture to Waterways Golf Resort.
One reviewer on TripAdvisor noted the venue also contains a par-3 course plus a hotel and an Irish pub.
Per All Square Golf, they also have snowmobile trails for winter use plus 255 acres of land for hunting, so there’s a lot to love when you venture out to Waterways Golf Resort.
You’re looking at a 454-acre man made reservoir near the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Oil Spring location and it’s one of the most popular boating and fishing destinations around. So, if you’re on a fishing trip to the area and the casino is a draw, chances are you’re headed to Cuba Lake.
There’s also a popular ice fishing spot near the dam on the South Shore, so even in the winter you can still catch your recreational fix at this popular attraction.
Seneca Oil Spring
This site has quite the history, and it dates back to 1627 when Franciscan Joseph de la Roche Daillon made the first recorded mention of oil on American mainland. Today, a monument exists at the site describing the oil industry’s rich history in North America.
The Seneca Oil Spring is a popular picnicking area for both locals and tourists. So, if you want a quick educational experience and a good spot to eat your lunch and immerse yourself in the area’s history and scenery, head over to the Seneca Oil Spring.
Seneca Allegany Casino
You’ll find Seneca Allegany Casino near the Salamanca location and you can call it Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s Salamanca location, the little brother of Seneca Allegany. The casino qualifies as a resort with its vast hotel and near-69,000 square feet of gaming space.
Seneca Allegany comprises a better selection of gaming options as it includes more slot machines, tables, poker, and more. But you’ll also find a few restaurants, shopping venues, a spa, and a vibrant nightlife.
The resort boasts a regular concert venue that features world class acts in entertainment, music, and comedy. And it puts on several performances every year. And if you’re here in the winter, the casino also hosts the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series.
So, if you’re looking for a greater overall casino experience, head over to Seneca Allegany Casino.
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
This museum in Niagara Falls, New York, commemorates the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls. While its roots trace back to 2007, this museum didn’t open its doors until 2018 on the first floor of the US Customhouse, whose roots trace to 1863.
There’s a recreation of the International Suspension Bridge, on which many—including Harriet Tubman—also crossed into Canada.
Salamanca Mall Antiques
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and you will find treasure galore at Salamanca Mall Antiques. A huge supposed antique shop that offers more than just your usual antiques, chances are you’ll find something of worth here. If you dig deep enough, you may just find more than a few hidden treasures.
A popular hotspot in Salamanca, the venue ranks a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor per 56 views as of December 2020 and reviewers agree that this location has packed itself wall-to-wall with perhaps a million items.
It’s worth the trip, even if you aren’t interested in buying anything just to see the sheer number of objects this hidden gem in Salamanca holds.
Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel
If you’re playing poker in Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s live poker room, take advantage of the fact you’re already in the area to check out Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.
Like Seneca Allegany, the Seneca Nation of Indians also owns this resort, and it dwarfs its brother in Salamanca with 147,000 square feet of gaming space, a near-600-room hotel, and countless amenities.
The venue features over 2,500 slot machines and over 80 table games. So, if you’re looking to diversify your gaming experience, head on down and try your luck at the slots or your hand at the tables.
You have six solid food and drink options at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, a spa and salon, retail and entertainment options, a sportsbook, and so much more. Plus, you have the entire city of Niagara Falls, New York to explore.
Don’t limit yourself to the poker room! Venture on out and experience adrenaline-pumping casino gaming on the floor. Enjoy a relaxing stay with all the amenities that Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel offers.
Whirlpool State Park
This 109-acre state park provides a full blast of the picturesque and mystical scenery of Western New York, and the clear blue waters overlooking the Niagara Whirlpool and the lower Niagara Gorge on the Niagara River.
But it’s more than just an ideal place to glimpse nature. Whirlpool State Park also has a playground, picnic areas, pavilions, hiking and biking trails, places to fish, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Experience New York Outside of Seneca Casinos
Since Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s casinos are smaller, chances are, you’re in the area to vacation at one of the other land based US casinos nearby. Maybe you’re on a trip to Niagara Falls, or you just found yourself on a weekend getaway to immerse yourself in Western New York’s scenery.
Hopefully, today’s post gave you a few more hot spots to look forward to the next time you venture to the area or play at one of Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s casinos, or if you come across the organization’s poker room at Seneca Niagara Casino.
Have you visited any of the vacation spots on this list? Let us know in the comments.