Buffalo September 22, 2018
7 Small Towns Around Buffalo Where Everyone Knows Your Name
We love nothing more than to live in and explore the wonderful Queen City, but sometimes we need a break from the fast-paced ways of Western New York’s slice of urban heaven. Giving you the chance to explore a more quaint way of living that includes things like friendly faces and family-run businesses, there’s nothing quite like heading out to any one of the small towns that surround our city. All less than an hour from Buffalo, any one of these destinations will make you feel right at home from the instant you begin your visit.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Just over 45 minutes from the heart of Buffalo, Arcade is a small town out in Wyoming County with just 4,000 residents. Equipped with its own village park and, of course, the charming Arcade & Attica Railroad station, you'll find plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the fresh air in this small town. When you aren't busy making use of Arcade's small-town attractions, you can visit the town's tasty restaurants and even check out a winery right on Main Street!
Just under an hour away from Buffalo, the quaint village of Medina is home to 6,000 residents. A great town to visit with the entire family, Medina is home to the famous Medina Toy & Train Museum that brings in families from all over New York to this area of our state. If you're not into learning more about the history of trains in New York and all that jazz, you can also go for a walk down Main Street to get a look at all the different shops and restaurants in town. Another reason why we love this small town? There's plenty of parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy.
With amazing towns like Clarence and all the rest that have made our list, it often feels unnecessary to even wander outside of Erie County. A town that's made up of 30,000 people, you'll find lots of out-of-towners flocking to Clarence around this time of year to visit places like The Great Pumpkin Farm that comes to life during the holiday season. If you're looking for more than just a pumpkin filled attraction, Clarence also features historic homes and sites, antique shops and malls, and even a local brewing company that'll give you a taste of what small town is like in Western New York. Just a 30-minute drive outside of Buffalo, there's no excuse not to visit Clarence this fall.
Another wonderful gem of Erie County, the village of Depew may be larger in size when it comes to residents but you'll still find that same small town charm alive and well here. Home to roughly 15,000 people, Depew is a serene area of the county to enjoy, with beautiful outdoor spaces like the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Veterans Park available just outside of your door. Only 20 minutes outside of Buffalo, you'll love the quick drive it'll take to get to this village.
5. East Aurora
A small village that's part of Erie County, East Aurora has just over 6,000 lucky residents that get to call this small town home. It will give you a taste of that old school charm you're always longing for. Be sure to wave hello to Mr. Vidler on the roof and step inside the world's largest 5 & 10 store to do some shopping. After exploring such a darling destination, you'll also want to check out the town's local museums where you can dive into history or even visit the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center to get your daily dose of outdoor sunshine and fun. A splendid village worth taking the time to visit, you won't want to leave Knox Farm State Park off of your East Aurora bucket list either.
A tiny slice of Erie County that's just over a half-hour away from Buffalo, the small town of Akron is only home to about 2,000 residents and the Rich-Twinn Octagon House that's only one of a dozen left in the entire country. If you're already familiar with the history of Akron, you can spend your time exploring natural wonders like the ones you'll find tucked away in Akron Falls Park that features a beautiful 40-foot waterfall that cascades down along Murder Creek.
Less than 20 minutes outside of Buffalo, Williamsville is a village within Erie County that's home to roughly 5,000 residents. One of the first places that you'll find people visiting in Williamsville is Glen Park, a walking park filled with well taken care of pathways and even a gorgeous waterfall for you to view along Ellicott Creek. The park is a great place to visit when the weather's warm enough to be outside and you're ready to see a familiar and friendly face from around town.
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