If you find yourself in the Northtowns for a day, one area worth exploring is the region home to the Tonawandas. Sharing the Erie Barge Canal, the twin cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda offer a variety of places to eat, drink, shop, listen to live music, and venture along the Niagara River and Erie Canal.
To help you make the most of your day in the region, we’ve put together an itinerary of places well worth a visit but we encourage you to see what catches your eye along the way and add it to your own personal list!
Breakfast: Athena’s Family Restaurant
729 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More Info
To kickstart your day, we recommend heading to Athena’s for a classic diner-style breakfast. For starters their prices are super reasonable, their service is super quick, and they have a pretty large menu of options to choose from. Whether you’re interested in their gyro breakfast or looking for a traditional short stack, Athena’s offers that hardy breakfast you need to get your day going.
Shopping on Webster Street
Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Webster Street is super walkable and filled with locally owned shops worth exploring. Here you can pick up a comic book at Pulp 716 Coffee, Comics, and Bubble Tea, find a hidden gem at The Treasure Market, or grab a new set of homemade soap at Martinsville Soapworks.
Lunch: Prosper Brewing Company
72 Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / More Info
While you’re on Webster Street, a great place to get a craft brew and a light lunch is Prosper Brewing Company. You’ll find they have a rotating tap of stouts, amber ales, and IPAs as well as bites including pierogi, pizza, wings and more!
Explore the Canal and River by Land and Water
Water is all around the Tonawandas with plenty of ways to enjoy it. By land, you’ll find bike paths that follow along the water as they travel through Ellicott Creek Park up to the Canal and then through Niawanda Park along the Niagara River. In the warmer months, if you’re looking to get on the water, you can head to Collins Marine for pontoon boat rentals or try out the water bikes and kayaks at Water Bike Adventures. For those who like to fish, head to Gratwick Park where you’ll find a nicely paved bike path and fishing pier that is wheelchair accessible too!
Practice Your Drive at The Golf Dome
175 Brompton Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More Info
For a colder day where the canal might be a bit too chilly to explore, the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome is a great alternative. Open October – May, here you’ll find a driving range, miniature golf, a putting and chipping green, and a practice bunker. This is fun for both family and friends to enjoy regardless of how good your golf game is.
Dinner: Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange
184 Sweeney Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / More Info
From Chef Mark Hutchinson of Hutch’s and Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo, Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange offers a wide menu including, a raw bar, seafood, steak and chops, sandwiches, and more. We can’t forget to mention they also have a patio for those warmer months!
Grab Dessert at Just Say Cheesecake
106 Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / More Info
Can’t skip out on dessert! After dinner head over to Just Say Cheesecake for a homemade slice of cheesecake. A popular choice is their Babci Original – a graham cracker crust with their famous creamy cheesecake and a sweetened sour cream topping. Don’t like cheesecake? If cheesecake is not your thing, they also have cookies, cupcakes, scones, and more.
Catch a Show at Gateway Harbor or the Riviera Theatre
Gateway Harbor, 1 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / Website
Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / More Info
Live Entertainment is never far when you visit the Tonawandas. In the summer months, Gateway Harbor hosts a Canal Concert Series which is free to the public and includes opportunities to purchase items from outside vendors. Home of the Mighty Wurlitzer, The Riviera Theatre hosts a variety of showings throughout the year which often feature popular tribute bands. Pro tip: check out the newly restored mural on the side of the Theatre while you’re there!
After-Show Drinks at Canal Club 62
62 Webster St North Tonawanda, New York 14120 / More Info
After a busy day, head just across the street from the Riviera to Canal Club 62 for late night craft cocktails, wines, and spirits. In the warmer seasons, you’ll find they have an inviting outdoor patio with strung lighting, a fire pit and surrounding greenery.