Olean, Salamanca, and Portville are 3 towns in Western New York’s Southern Tier you may have never visited, but they’re full of activities and adventures. From hiking spots to a legendary maple farm, these towns have hidden treasures that you *need* to check out.
Just 1.5 hours south of Buffalo, Olean is located right in-between Salamanca and Portville. Whether you’re looking to get out of town for a couple hours, overnight adventure, or weekend getaway, these towns have plenty of exciting activities and attractions to enjoy!
Here’s a fun and family friendly list of places to visit to follow when you venture to this area in the Southern Tier.
1. Rock City Park
505 Route 16, Olean, NY / WEBSITE
Rock City has been an attraction since 1890! Visitors are able to enjoy the the natural beauty of the rock formations throughout their hike. Hikers can descend down into crevices which provides for unique view of natures mind-blowing beauty. Make sure to leave enough time in your schedule for this adventure, as an entire day could be devoted to exploring the amazing scenery that this park has to offer.
2. Good Times of Olean
800R E State St, 14760 Olean, NY / WEBSITE
Good Times is jam-packed with things for the whole family to enjoy, with a full-service restaurant, 16-lane bowling center, 18-hole miniature golf course, and sand volleyball courts.
Covid update: Currently Closed
3. Allegany State Park
2373 ASP, US-1, Salamanca, NY 14779 / WEBSITE
Allegany State Park is just 15 miles from Olean and has some of the best views in all of WNY. If you want to stay overnight, reservations can be made to camp at the park and there are a number of trails for hiking. Looking to kayak or fish? Allegany State Park has two lakes: Red House Lake and Quaker Lake. The park also offers kayak, canoe, and paddleboat rentals for your convenience.
4. Sprague’s Maple Farms
1048 Portville Obi Rd , Portville, NY 14770 / WEBSITE
Sprague’s is an iconic restaurant known for their authentic maple products and homemade pancakes. Sprague’s Maple Farms makes a variety of maple products including syrup, maple cream, maple sugar, jelly, and granulated maple sugar. You can even purchase their maple syrup and other maple products from the attached store – and we highly recommend you do.
5. Portville Drive-in
1060 Olean-portville Rd Portville, NY 14770 / WEBSITE
For just $7.00 a person and $2.00 for children 11 and under, the whole family can end the night visiting the Portville Drive-in. This theatre has two screens and one of them is one of the largest Drive-In Theater Screens in all of New York State. There is also a snack bar which will allow you to meet all your popcorn and candy needs!
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