How to Spend a Day in The Tonawandas

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Written by Andrea Diedrich

Published on July 20, 2022
Photo x Andrea Diedrich for Step Out Buffalo

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.

Photo courtesy of Martinsville Soapworks

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.

Photo courtesy of Prosper Brewing Company

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!


Photo courtesy of Collins Marine

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.

Photo courtesy of Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange

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!


Photo courtesy of Just Say Cheesecake

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.

Photo courtesy of the Riviera Theatre

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!

Photo courtesy of Canal Club 62

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.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Andrea Diedrich</a>

Written by Andrea Diedrich

Andrea is a Content Coordinator and writer for Step Out Buffalo. By day she enjoys using her creative side and researching all things Buffalo. By night you’ll find her exploring Buffalo’s waterfront, dining with friends or catching the latest show/concert in town.


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