Just east of Buffalo is the town of Lancaster — a historic and lively place with some rewarding things to discover. You’ll find some of the oldest structures in Eerie County (the Warren Hull House), as well as festivals, cultural activities and recreational opportunities.
The Kasasa Rewards Rush makes its way to Lancaster this Saturday, September 12th for Alden State Bank’s “Saturday Branch Hours Fun Day.” In light of this rewarding event, we asked our friends at Alden State Bank about some other rewarding things to check out in the area. Their enthusiasm for Lancaster was infectious as we went over a few of their recommendations:
1. Locate The Nearest Buffalo Wings & Bleu Cheese.
When we asked what’s good to eat around Lancaster, our friends at Alden State Bank said, “buffalo wings and bleu cheese — anywhere is good!” And that’s great news, because a lot of places around Lancaster serve wings. You can see if a local bar serves them or try Two Guys Pizza, which has some rave reviews (“their Buffalo bourbon wings are our all-time favorite”). There’s also Picasso’s Pizza.
2. Spend An Evening At Lancaster Opera House.
One reviewer called the Lancaster Opera House a “big gem in a small town.” The opera house regularly hosts plays, musicals and concerts. The space is also a multi-purpose building with an interesting history — it was a food distribution center during the Great Depression, and a place where parachutes were packed during World War II. It’s now a fully restored performing space with a regular schedule of shows and special ticket pricing for students.
3. Check Out A Seasonal Festival In Lancaster Village.
One of the great things about life in Lancaster is that there are festivals going on year-round. Next up is Zombieville on Saturday, October 10th — it includes a maze, a “Thriller” street performance, as well as a host of friendly zombies! This November you can catch the “Light Up Lancaster” Holiday Tree Lighting.
4. Visit Bryce Buchholz Memorial BMX/Skate Park.
When 14-year-old Bryce Buchholz tragically lost his life to a drunk driver in 2012, the Lancaster community came together to honor him. Bryce loved to ride and do tricks on his orange BMX bike, so residents of Lancaster decided to build a park (located within Keysa Park) dedicated to BMX biking and skateboarding. The 12,500 square foot BMX/skate park opened in 2014, and stands as a monument to Bryce and what he loved to do — all while giving kids a place to bike and skate. It includes railings, inclines and a ramp on the north side of the park.
5. Plan Your Next Getaway To Darien Lake Amusement Park.
While not directly in Lancaster, Lancaster residents enjoy close proximity to the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. About a 30-minute drive east, the park offers fun for the whole family — from thrill rides, to a water park, to live music and events. Need a quick fall getaway? Take a look at what’s going on at their Harvest Fest. It includes a hay maze, pumpkin painting, and more.