Tonawandas Provide Proximity to Major Attractions

February 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey S. Otto

Residents of the Tonawandas are never far from great entertainment, cultural amenities and natural attractions. In fact, there's a saying when visitors stop at the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas and ask how far something is away – “We're 15 minutes from everything.”

North
Niagara Wine Trail
25 minutes
At Latitude 43 degrees North the cool temperatures and long days between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario create a suitable climate for grapes. Visitors can stop at 18 wineries along the trail to sample unique styles.
www.niagarawinetrail.org

North West (Niagara Falls) 
Niagara Falls International Airport
15 minutes
Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines offer flights from this less congested airport, which opened a new $31.5 million terminal in 2009.
www.niagarafallsairport.com

Fashion Outlets
15 minutes
More than 150 designer and name-brand stores that are owned and operated by the manufacturers fill this outlet center. Because sales are direct to consumers, prices are often lower than they are in department stores.  
www.fashionoutletsniagara.com

Niagara Falls State Park
20 minutes
Visitors can experience breathtaking views and walk trails or take a boat ride to come within feet of the most powerful waterfalls in North America at the country's oldest state park.
www.niagarafallsstatepark.com

East
Darien Lake
40 minutes
A 208-foot tall coaster climb, 50-foot plunge into water and 80 mph slingshot into the air are just some of the experiences offered at this amusement park, which features a collection of thrill rides.
www.darienlake.com

Buffalo International Airport
20 minutes
Passengers can pick from approximately 110 daily flights with nonstop service to 23 other airports from major airlines such as American, Delta, United and Southwest.
www.buffaloairport.com

Boulevard Mall in Amherst
12 minutes
More than 100 specialty stores and restaurants draw shoppers from across the Tonawandas to this mall in Amherst.
www.boulevard-mall.com

South (Buffalo)
Coca-Cola Field – Bisons
19 minutes
Among the largest stadiums in minor league baseball, Coca-Cola Field is home to the Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Bills
31 minutes
The home field of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, this arena seats more than 73,900. It is located in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo.

First Niagara Center – hockey
20 minutes
When the Sabres, a National Hockey League team, isn't playing here the center hosts events ranging from concerts to wrestling matches and lacrosse games.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
17 minutes
Curated tours, classes and a variety of inspiring and engaging exhibitions attract art lovers throughout the year. Founded in 1862, The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which oversees the gallery, is among the country's oldest public arts institutions.
www.albrightknox.com

Shea's Performing Arts Center
21 minutes
This trio of theaters includes the grand Shea's Buffalo Theatre, a national historic site that first opened in 1926 and has hosted performance legends like Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers and Bing Crosby. Today, the theaters host off-Broadway shows, concerts, movies and other events.  
www.sheas.org

Walden Galleria
18 minutes
With an assortment of brand-name stores, chain restaurants and a movie theater, this mall offers many entertainment and shopping options.
www.waldengalleria.com

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