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NYS Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation

Advances Goals of 2021 State of the State

One-mile loop will feature eight sensory stations offering a range of experiences from quiet engagement to active exploration and adventure

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that construction has started on a first-of-its kind nature trail at Letchworth State Park designed for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The Autism Nature Trail is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State agenda to reimagine, rebuild and renew New York State, including enhancing New York State Parks.

Six Flags Darien LakeThe Park is Filling Over 1,500 Positions and Preparing for the Upcoming Season

Darien Center, N.Y. — February 19, 2021 — Six Flags Darien Lake, the Thrill Capital of New York, is reopening on May 21, 2021 based on the guidelines set by the State of New York and its Governor. The park will unveil extensive safety and security measures including quick and contactless security and temperature checks for guests and team members. Convenient mobile ordering will also be available at many locations. The park is converting to a cash to a card kiosk system, accepting only Mobile and Card Payments to further enhance the safety of guests and team members.

Botanical Gardens Workshops & DemosBuffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced last year that they will be offering their traditional on-site Make-It, Take-It programs as Take-It, Make-It virtual programs to be held online via Zoom. These one-night workshops include a Succulent Garden Workshop, a Terrarium Workshop, and a Mini Garden Workshop. Also brand new to the educational programs are Botanical Demonstrations. These low cost, one-hour demonstrations will cover Orchid Repotting, Spring Floral Arrangements, and a Bonsai Demonstration.

Laser Show LogoLimited-time Reservation-Only Event with Laser Lights, Special Effects, and Music

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Darien Center, N.Y. — February 01, 2021 — Six Flags Darien Lake, the Thrill Capital of New York, today announced the launch of its all-NEW Drive-In Laser Light Spectacular.

As the park awaits state guidance on a reopening date, this mid-winter break extravaganza offers guests a rocking soundtrack of today’s greatest hits set to a full spectrum of laser lights, special effects, and more all enjoyed from the comfort and safety of their cars.

LOVE Week 2021LOVE WEEK at the Botanical Gardens Encourages Everyone to Share Some Love with a Special Valentine, Frontline Worker, Friend or Family Member! 

Buffalo, NY - Looking for something different to surprise your Valentine, a loved one, a front-line worker or a friend? Head to the Botanical Gardens for Love Week from February 8 through 14. They have several ideas to treat a special person in your life and a few ways to just share some love. Go on a tropical adventure during the day or after dark, jump on an exclusive experience to feed their fish, participate in a virtual workshop or even renew your vows or get married.

Poinsetta and Railway ExhibitBuffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced that their annual Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit will run November 27 through January 3.  They also announced that their annual Santa’s Workshop event will take place December 11 through 12 and a Buy One, Get One Admission (BOGO) Day will round out the fun on December 28 to celebrate the holiday season.   

The whole family will enjoy the Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday tradition, the Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit.  This stunning exhibit includes over 1,000 beautiful poinsettias, holiday decorations and some playful surprises.  Poinsettias are native to Mexico and are often found in tropical forests.

Gardens After Dark - PoinsettiaBuffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is introducing a brand-new series of exhibits, Gardens After Dark. Offered at different times throughout the year, this new experience was created to open the Botanical Gardens in the evening for all to enjoy.    

Each Gardens After Dark exhibit will focus on the Botanical Gardens’ mission of connecting people to the natural world literally in a new way and in a new light. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with colorful and soft lighting to enhance and showcase their mesmerizing plant collection and the beautiful historic landmark that surrounds.  Each exhibit in the series will bring a new way to experience the amazing Botanical Gardens and provide feelings of inspiration, peace and calmness during these unprecedented times. …

NYS - Making Progress HappenBuffalo Billion-funded Museum Celebrates Key Events and Movement Milestones in African-American History in Buffalo and the United States 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon cutting for the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum. Located on Jefferson Avenue on the city's East Side, the museum will provide a permanent home for exhibitions and archival resources designed to enlighten, educate, motivate and inspire visitors with its focus on notable African Americans —both past and present—who built Buffalo and are planning the city's future. The museum was granted $200,000 as part of Governor Cuomo's $50 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, a Buffalo Billion initiative.

Rustic Buffalo Artisan MarketTonawanda, N.Y. – Entrepreneurs John Pirrone and Scott DeMott, owners of Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market, have opened a new brick and mortar location 6610 Shawnee Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 with their Grand Opening Weekend set for Saturday November 14th from 9am to 9pm and Sunday November 15th from 9am to 9pm.

Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market have converted a Mid 1800’s Barn into a 3700 Square foot shopping experience for all to enjoy.  They have added numerous enhancements to give it that Farmhouse charm to include second floor retail space as well as re-exposing the barn’s hayloft.

Fresh Air AdventuresGenesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties are excited to launch a new regional tourism program – “Fresh Air Adventures – New York’s Falls to the Finger Lakes”. This is a refresh of the successful long-running Country Byways of Greater Niagara and the Finger Lakes program, which has existed for over 25 years and has given the GLOW Counties collaborative capabilities to leverage our unique rural towns and villages, collective attractions and prime location between Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes.