Summer Day Trip: How to Spend a Day in Lockport, New York

The City of Lockport / Photo x The City of Lockport

 

Looking to explore some of the old town charm of Western New York?  The quaint city of Lockport, New York is full of history with its tours and dinning options that make for the perfect day trip. Lockport is home of the Locks of the Erie Canal, but there is way more to see in the area than just this historic landmark.

Whether you’re a local or planning a trip to WNY, here are some of the best things to do for a day well spent in Lockport.

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Breakfast: Tom’s Diner

11 E Main St, Lockport, NY 14094 / Facebook

Step back in time with the 60s vibes of Tom’s Diner. This Family restaurant situated between locks 34 and 35 on the main strip of Lockport is the perfect place to kick start your day. Tom’s Diner specializes in breakfast with daily specials and breakfast all day long at a super reasonable price.

 

Boat Tour / Photo x Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Take a Boat Tour at the Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

210 Market St, Lockport, NY 14094// Website

If you want to get up close and personal with the locks, take a cruise. Under this guided tour, you will pass five of the original historic locks from the 1800s, be raised 50 feet in locks 34 and 35, and pass under the widest bridge in America (299 ft wide).

 

Scripts Cafe sandwich / Photo x Scripts Cafe

Lunch: Scripts Cafe

2 East Ave, Lockport, NY 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

Looking for a good bite with an inviting atmosphere? (Duh.) Then Scripts Cafe is the place to go. Scripts is praised for their homemade soups, and wide variety of salad and sandwich options. The staff here are very accommodating and offer food options that are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian. Their quick service is also perfect for a jam packed day!

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Steamworks Coffee / Photo x Steamworks Coffee

Midday coffee run at Steamworks Coffee

51 Canal Street, Lockport, NY 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

If you still have some space after lunch, stop by Steamworks Coffee for an amazing coffee experience. At Steamworks, coffee is brewed in small batches to obtain ultimate freshness straight from bean to brew and offer a variety of drink options including both pour over and cold brew.

 

Lockport Cave Tour / Photo x Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

Explore the Caves with the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

5 Gooding Street, Lockport, NY, 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

Ever wanted to view the canal from a whole new perspective? The Lockport Cave Tour takes guests below ground where they can see locks 67-71, a walk through a water tunnel, and experience a peaceful yet eerie boat ride through the tunnels where artifacts from over a century ago have been left behind.

 

Flight of Five Winery / Photo x Andrea Diedrich

Wine tasting at Flight of Five Winery

2 Pine St, Lockport, NY 14094 / Website / Facebook

Wine tasting is always a must! Flight of Five Winery is not your typical idea of a winery as it is located in the old Lockport City Hall building, bringing an urban flair to the wine tasting experience. While you are tasting wine made from local vineyards, enjoy the view of the locks of the canal just outside the historic building.

 

BBQ Wings / Photo x One-Eyed Jacks

Dinner: One-Eyed Jacks Smokehouse Grill

5983 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

Just minutes away from the city, One-Eyed Jacks delivers the classic all-American comfort food that you have been craving all day. One-Eyed Jacks award winning BBQ has a range of menu options from their famous ribs to their most popular dish of pulled pork. If you are looking for some southern cooking up north, One-Eyed Jacks will have you saying yes ma’am.

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Lake Effect Ice Cream / Photo x Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream

Dessert: Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream

79 Canal St, Lockport, NY 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

Lake Effect is a local ice cream shop located along the Erie Canal that makes unique flavors of ice cream unlike anything you can find anywhere else.  Their menu consists of flavors specific to WNY with a general option of sponge candy flavor to a more specific taste of a Paula’s glazed donut. Of course they have more traditional options as well but if you are looking to have a true taste of WNY flavors, you might as well try something outrageous.

 

Patio cocktails at Shamus Restaurant

98 West Ave, Lockport, NY 14094 / WebsiteFacebook

With an authentic Irish feel, Shamus Restaurant is the perfect place to grab a drink and enjoy the outdoors. They offer everything from craft cocktails to Irish and local craft beer and of course a patio space to wind back and listen to some live music.

 

Transit Drive-In Movies / Photo x Transit Drive-In

End the Day with a movie at the Transit Drive-In

6342, 6655 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 / Website / Facebook

Chill out under the stars with a couple of buds and a bucket of popcorn. Open every night throughout the Summer, the Transit Drive-In shows the latest releases on their 5 screens and retro movies are offered on Tuesdays. If you are a night owl, the drive-in has double and sometimes triple features where movies go into the early morning hours!

 

2 Comments

  • jennifer.murphy says:

    Thank you for writing such a great itinerary for Lockport. I love your suggestions, and as a life long resident and local business owner I would like to add two other stops: Steamworks and Shamus Restaurant. Steamworks is right on Canal Street, so before or after your cave tour, stop in for a pour-over or cold brew coffee which is roasted right on site. The Shamus is a beautiful restaurant in downtown Lockport, with an outdoor patio, craft cocktails, a locally sourced menu and daily specials. All of these are great places and we look forward to seeing you in Lockport!

  • info says:

    And the beautiful gardens and gallery of the Kenan Center! 🙂

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