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    Regional Highlights

LGBT Greater Niagara & Chautauqua

Natural wonder, classic architecture, art in unique settings and Americana like Jell-O and "I Love Lucy"

Greater Niagara:

  • Niagara FallsJell-O was developed in the late 1890s by a carpenter in LeRoy. Today, visitors can follow the JELL-O brick road to explore the history of America's most famous dessert at the JELL-O Gallery Museum and 19th Century Historic LeRoy House.
  • Not to be missed - a visit to the 125-year-old, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Niagara Falls State Park - America's oldest state park - allows guests to catch awesome views from the Observation Tower, or get up close to the base of the thundering falls by cruising on the famous Maid of the Mist or taking the Cave of the Winds walk.
  • Get in some great shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara USA with 150 brand-name outlets like Barney's New York, DKNY, J. Crew and Yankee Candle in a casual indoor/outdoor setting.
  • Sample Buffalo wings at the place they were born, the Anchor Bar. The city celebrates its namesake wings with National Buffalo Wing Festival on Labor Day weekend.
  • Shop to impress along the two miles of locally owned boutiques and specialty shops in the Elmwood Village. Then dance, sing or catch some homegrown talent in artsy Allentown, where the majority of LGBT-friendly hotspots are all located within a few blocks of each other. Also check out Babeville, a church converted into a performing arts space by native singer-songwriter and LGBT icon Ani DiFranco.
  • The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo are a National Historic Site featuring three glass domes and nine greenhouses on 11.4 acres. The indoor gardens include a fully restored palm dome, an impressive fern house and a rainforest house with a 27-foot waterfall, bromeliads and banana trees.
  • Tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest works, the Darwin Martin House. In nearby Derby, the Graycliff estate features three buildings with sweeping views of Lake Erie, and eight and a half acres of rolling lawns and gardens, all also designed by Wright.
  • The Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario have created a unique microclimate suitable for the production of exquisite wines. Experience the beautiful countryside of this area as you spend the day traveling to over a dozen wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail.
  • In the early 1900s, the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora was at the vanguard of the uniquely American Arts and Crafts style. Today, the Roycroft "guild" practices live at this designated National Historic Landmark complex, and visitors can join classes and demonstrations, shop the gallery, take an educational outdoor tour or stay at the beautifully restored Roycroft Inn.


  • The Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto is the largest sculpture park in North America with 250 sculptures on 450 acres.
  • Lucille Ball muralLucy, you're home!  The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, Lucy's hometown, celebrates the First Couple of Comedy with memorabilia from their lives and film and television work, as well costumes and complete recreations of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's New York City apartment, their Hollywood hotel suite and an interactive Vitamatavegamin set.
  • The Chautauqua Institution's lakeside Victorian village in Chautauqua is a National Historic Landmark offering activities year round and in summer, a nine-week music and cultural festival where for the last 138 years millions of visitors have enjoyed like concerts, theater, lectures and classes.
  • Enjoy tours and tastings at any of the 21 wineries along the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, in "America's Grape Country."