Located an hour and half west of Rochester, experience the charm of Lewiston and its Center Street shops and restaurants or take in the beauty of the Niagara River. Lewiston has been recognized as one of the top ten small towns in America by Rand McNally and USA TODAY. Known for its vibrant arts community, the village hosts events such as Lewiston Art Festival, and Lewiston Jazz Festival, attracting thousands of international visitors annually.
Plan Your Day Trip to Lewiston
Alternatively, stop breakfast along the drive so you can visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on your way into Lewiston. The glass Dome Basilica is surrounded by fifteen acres of gardens and features over one-hundred life-sized statues, including the heart-shaped Rosary Pool. Climb the steps to the top to stand beside the thirteen-foot statue of Our Lady of Fatima. You’ll find a self-guided tour brochure on their website.
Enjoy a walk through Artpark, the only state park focused on visual and performing arts, which offers scenic hiking trails and a variety of art installations to explore.
Experience an exciting adventure on the Niagara River with Whirlpool Jet Boat Adventures. If you prefer a more relaxed outing, you can view the jet boats from the Niagara Gorge Trail at Devil’s Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park. Both locations offer stunning river views from the rim trails, with hundreds of stone steps leading to the river’s edge.
Stop into the free Niagara Power Vista—Where science meets the playground!—on your way back to the village. This state-of-the-art visitor center offers an enjoyable experience for all ages, including a virtual reality theater, hydro-power-themed activities, and a panoramic view of the river gorge below.
Alternatively, return to the village center for a delicious Italian meal at Casa Antica or Carmelo’s Coat of Arms. For pub fare, visit Tin Pan Alley, Brickyard Pub & BBQ, or Griffon House. Then treat yourself to ice cream at Hibbard’s Custard and a regional bottle of wine from Hibbard’s Old Portage Shop next door.
Plan your day trip to coincide with one of Artpark’s live performances held in the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Niagara River Gorge. Throughout the summer, the park hosts a variety of music, theater, and dance performances, including the popular “Tuesdays in the Park” concert series.
Lewiston Art Festival
The juried art show takes place during the second full weekend in August and features crafts, music, and food. Center Street
Lewiston Jazz Festival
On the last weekend in August, the two-day music festival features over 100 performances on five outdoor stages. Local pubs also host after-hours jam sessions and performances. Center Street
Niagara County Peach Festival
Enjoy four days of old-fashioned fun and entertainment celebrating the peach harvest. Academy Park
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