Attractions of Interest to Children
Explore & More: a Children's Museum
430 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052
Wed.-Sat. 10-4. Closed on holidays.
Unique museum encourages children to touch as they experiment, discover, play and learn. Designed for children up to age 10.
Herschell Carousel Factory Museum
North Tonawanda NY 14120-0672
Located in the Children's Gallery is a small, working, 1940's aluminum carousel. Called a "Kiddie Carousel" in the Allan Herschell Company catalog, it was created specifically for small children to ride without the need for adults to accompany them. The horses are child-size and the machine moves more slowly than a full sized carousel. The Kiddie Carousel is restricted to children under 43 inches in height.
Toy Town Museum
636 Girard Avenue
East Aurora, NY
Fax (716) 687-5098
100 years of toys, games, music and literature for children. Fisher Price toy collection from 1930-1970. Rotating exhibit of various toy collections also.
ToyWorks is an interactive learning section of the museum for children to explore.
Niagara Aerospace Museum
6929 Williams Road
Niagara Falls NY 14304
Niagara Aerospace Museum is a new and growing museum. It is dedicated to preserving the history of powered flight and the man-made thunder that rolled over Niagara on the wings of war birds. It also recounts some of the history of associated industries such as Calspan, Cornell Aeronautical Labs, and Moog. The WWII Bell Airacobra, early helicopters, gasoline and jet engines, and civilian airplanes are on display
Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Tours Inc.
210-228 Market Street
Lockport NY 14094
716-433-6155 or 1-800-378-0352
Experience a unique two hour cruise which includes "locking through" and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport's famous "Flight of Five" 1840's locks, and travel through the solid walls of the "rock cut" as your United States licensed captain describes the architecture, sights, and folklore along the way.
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Daily 9-7, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9-5, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25
Open year round from 9am daily. Parking is free
Included in New York State Master Pass.
The aquarium displays more than 1,500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to the state's largest collection of Great Lakes Fish. Visitors can see California sea lions, sharks, piranha, river otters and more. Highlights include a colony of endangered Peruvian penguins and an outdoor harbor seal pool. The penguins are fed daily at 9:30 and 2:30, the seals at 11 and 3:45; sharks and otters are fed on alternate days at 11:30am.