Summer Day Trip: Spend a Day in Lewiston, NY

City Guide, Getaway, Neighborhood Guides, Things to Do


Written by Francesca Bond

Published on May 27, 2023
Photo courtesy of The Silo

We know there’s a lot going on in Buffalo during the summer, but if you want to get out of the city or the burb’s for a Saturday and are looking for a pretty close day trip, Lewiston is the spot.

Located just about a half hour north of Buffalo, the historic village of Lewiston is as quaint and adorable as it is bustling. They host festivals nearly every weekend during the summer, with favorites being the Arts and Crafts Fest, Jazz Fest, and Peach Fest. They have concerts, restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as a gorgeous view of the Niagara River. With that being said, this is by no means a complete list so we encourage you to find what fits your interests while you’re exploring the region as well.

Without further ado, here is our road trip guide to spending a day in Lewiston:


Photo courtesy of Orange Cat Coffee Co.

Breakfast: The Orange Cat Coffee Co.

703 Center St., Lewiston / More Info

You’re going to need to fuel up for a long day out and there’s no better place for a morning coffee than Orange Cat. A local favorite, Orange Cat is known for their excellent coffee, espresso, and baked goods. “Quaint” is often the word used by people to describe this shop. The service is great, the food is delicious, and they have a charming patio overlooking Center Street.

Recommendation: grab a coffee or cappuccino, and try a scone or muffin.

Niagara Gorge / Photo x Francesca Bond

Hike the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Scenic Parkway, Niagara Falls / Website

You can’t visit scenic Lewiston without taking in nature at least a bit. The Niagara Gorge hiking trail is one of Western New York’s best, with trails that vary from easy to moderate and views that are hard to beat. The trails are easy to get to, they’re right off Robert Moses Parkway.

We recommend the paved Robert Moses Recreation trail (3.2 mi, one way) if you’re looking for a casual walk, it’s paved so you don’t have to wear any hiking gear. If you’re a more avid hiker, get right down near the water and try the Devil’s Hole trail (2.5 mi, round trip), or the much longer Niagara Gorge Rim trail (6.2 mi, one way).


Photo courtesy of The Silo

Lunch: The Silo

115 N Water Street, Lewiston / More Info

Would you just look at that view… The Silo’s breathtaking views of the Niagara River are enough alone to draw people in. That’s not even the best part though- they have delicious, quick and inexpensive food and a casual atmosphere. The Silo is the perfect place for a cheap lunch that will fill you right up and satisfy your cravings for quintessential summer food.

The Silo is famous for their Haystack (seasoned ribeye steak, lots of melted mozzarella, toasted hash browns on a toasted hoagie bun with mayo) which was featured on the Food Network show Man v. Food, so we recommend that if you’re looking for the full Silo experience. They also have plenty of American food such as chili, creative burgers and hot dogs, salads and fish.

Photo courtesy of Artpark

Catch a Concert at Artpark

450 S 4th Street, Lewiston / More Info

Artpark is one of Western New York’s best concert venues. Concert tickets are generally less expensive since most seating is general lawn admission and it’s nice to listen to your favorite bands outside, as long as it’s not too hot. See Artpark’s summer concert lineup here. They also hold family events like plays and movie nights.

P.S. Artpark isn’t called ‘art’ park for no reason. Artpark is home to many sculptures and art projects if you’re looking for some time to kill before the concert, walk around and enjoy the public art.

Photo courtesy of Brickyard Pub & BBQ

Dinner: Brickyard Pub

115 S. Water Street, Lewiston / More Info

While Lewiston is full of restaurant options, Brickyard wins the BBQ award. Whether you go for dinner or just drinks, you’ll have the option to enjoy the ultimate comfort food or enjoy one of Brickyard’s very own brewed beers. Pro tip: Get the nachos and some corn bread as a group appetizer!

Also, stop here to enjoy the patio bar for drinks. You could stay all night or walk around Main Street and bar crawl around Lewiston.


Photo courtesy of Lewiston Stone House

Drinks: Lewiston Stone House

755 Center St., Lewiston / More Info

Rich in history, the Stone House has been recently renovated in the last few years to be restored to its glory as a bar. The real gem of this bar is their massive, covered outdoor patio. With plenty of seating at the bar and around the patio, this is the perfect place to drink at all night long. They have an ever changing wine and beer list, light food such as tapas and flatbreads and wine and liquor slushies with delicious flavors (berry sangria slushie, anyone?).

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This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.


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