Adventure in the Southern Tier: 3 Beautiful Neighboring Towns Worth Exploring

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Written by Alexis Wagner

Published on April 7, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Allegany State Park on Facebook

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.


Photo Courtesy of Rock City Park

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.

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Allegany State Park / Photo Courtesy of Alexis Wagner

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.

Allegany State Park / Photo Courtesy of Alexis Wagner
Photo Courtesy of Sprague’s Maple Farms

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.


Photo Courtesy of Portville Drive-in

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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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Alexis Wagner</a>

Written by Alexis Wagner

Alexis is from a small town called Freedom, NY (40 miles south of Buffalo). As a senior at Houghton College graduating this Spring with a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications and Human Resources Management, she hopes to work with a Buffalo based company or store in the marketing department once she graduates. Alexis finds the Buffalo community to be fun, creative, ambitious, hardworking, and energetic and she's excited to learn more.
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