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Get Out + Explore WNY This Summer!

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Another weekend and another chance to explore Western New York!

This weekend I wanted to learn about something different in WNY. I know there are some amazing beaches, amusement parks and carnivals happening around town, but I wanted to find out about an activity many don’t know about. I decided to look more into the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride.

I had heard commercials on it and saw deals, but I didn’t know much about it. After doing my research, I am dying to check it out! This place has been registered as a historic place from 1975. You’ll start off the tour right at the ticket office and venture through on a 70-minute tour. I suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes for this one since most of the tour is walking. Yes, that means you don’t need your stilettos.

The first part of the tour is walking through the ruins from an earlier industrial age. You’ll walk through blasted-out solid rock, view flowstone and check out artifacts left behind by the men who built the tunnel in the early days of the Erie Canal. The second half of the tour is the Underground Boat Ride. This one is seriously cool. You’ll climb in and take a ride on America’s longest underground boat ride. The boats are going to glide through the water illuminated only by a small, sporadically placed electric lights. It’s really an experience you are going to want to have!

Check out more on their website. If you’re the ghost hunter type too, make sure you check back on their website later because they are going to be having a ghost hunt there.

Then, finally, this week, don’t miss the Ellicottville Rodeo. I try not to miss this one every year. It’s my favorite rodeo of the summer. There’s going to be bronco bustin’, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and even a stick horse race for the kids. I love wandering around this one and seeing everything that the rodeo has to offer.

While you’re in Ellicottville, make sure you head down to the 2013 summer music festival as well. The festival is running Friday through Sunday in Ellicottville. There’s live music by a ton of bands and even a performance by Gretchen Wilson with fireworks after on Saturday. On Sunday, they welcome Creedence Clearwater Revisited on the main stage right on the slopes of Holiday Valley. Along with that, there’s an Arts and Crafts Festival, an annual pet parade (which is awesome!) and even a Strawberry Festival on Sunday afternoon.

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