3.5 based on 715 reviews
For generations, Darien Lake has been a destination for families to create memories that will last long after vacation is over. With 45 attractions, a 10- acre water park and a variety of live shows and entertainment options- all just steps away from an onsite lodge, modern lakeside cabins, all new luxury guest houses and an extensive campground with glampsites and traditional campsites, guests will rediscover time together when they visit Darien Lake. Darien Lake has added millions in new attractions, entertainment, park and accommodations upgrades over the past two years to give guests limitless fun and unbeatable value.
Just finished a trip to Darien Lake on my annual amusement park tour and while the park had some very nice rides, THEY ONLY RUN ONE TRAIN ON THE RIDES. This was kind of shocking to me on some of their larger attractions as it would help with capacity. Here is the breakdown of what I thought were the 2 best rides:
Ride of Steel – Easily the best ride at the park and used to be called Superman Ride of Steel when it was under Six Flags ownership. If you ride only one ride at this park, this is it. Lots of airtime and it is a good length of a ride. The day before my friend and I arrive, we were told that the wait was 90 mins for this ride so running 2 trains would have alleviated the line somewhat. Riding in the back was a great time and was my preferred spot.
Viper – The first roller coaster with 5 inversions was much more enjoyable than I would have guess. It is a 35 year old Arrow coaster and Arrow’s are not know to have the most comfortable rides. For an Arrow, this ride was surprisingly smooth from the front. The annoying part of this ride is the first “drop” of 10 feet before going down the real hill. The back of the coaster was much more rough so stick more towards the front for a better ride.
Everything else in the park is just average and not worth going out of your way for. Food options are also pretty bad and seem to be all of the fried variety. Bring your own food if you plan on staying the day and want to feel good about yourself at the end of the day.
Darien Lake was nice to visit with a couple of good rides, but overall it is an ok park.
4.5 based on 42 reviews
Kutters cheese has been a treat for as long as I can remember. Trips there with my Dad will always be so special to me. There is something called Cheese Curds. I'm not sure if it is unique to Kutters, however it will put string cheese and baby bels to shame. These little nuggets of wonderful "scaps" are delish and come in many different flavors. Some are mild and some very pungent. But they scrape the barrel to make them, so of course you can get regular chunks or slices too.
4.5 based on 95 reviews
Stop by and try some of their locally famous sponge candy! This sweet-smelling candy shop is filled with all kinds of tasty treats and custom gifts including chocolate! They even have their own ice cream parlor on-site! Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, year round.
I had no idea what sponge candy was, but after reading the reviews about it, I knew I had to try some. This nice store has plenty of samples, and something for everyone. I bought a huge bag of sponge candy to take home for family and friends. The store is easy to find, plenty of parking on either side of the building.
4.5 based on 31 reviews
it is the most beautiful park i ave been to other than letchworth,so much to see and do.easy access,beautiful scenery even if your just passing thru its a must to stop and see.
4 based on 52 reviews
my friend and I were wrapping up a short road trip and decided to check out this park. We didn't get out of the car, just drove around and checked the place out. Several campers were in the campgrounds, even though it is October. (lots of evidence of New York States glorious fall color) I hope to come back someday for geocaching purposes!
5 based on 1 reviews
Nora is taking a little break, But you can still get Local Honey and wood from her. My grand daughter cannot get enough of the honey spread. She expects it every Christmas and birthday. She is 5. The honey is Raw
5 based on 9 reviews
This is one of my favorite gift shops in WNY. They have many buildings with so many great items. Candles, signs, cards, wreaths, dried flowers, garden items, figurines for all holidays, ornaments, lots of country and primitive items, and baked goods too. Sometimes they also have an area to eat at and the husband cooks some delicious food, not sure if they are still having this or not. I NEVER leave there with out finding something to buy for myself or a great gift for someone. Check it out!!
3 based on 146 reviews
Was here to see the amazing Zac Brown Band We had pretty good seats up front The concert was excellent except it was VERY LOUD Almost ear splitting My teen who likes very loud music said he felt he suffered hearing damage
Maybe get seats at the back on the lawn or whatever it was if you are sensitive to this
I saw a number of people wearing ear plugs
Maybe they should clue in that they don't need to kill us with sound
My biggest complaint was getting out of the place
We left after the last encore( with thousands of other people) and since we were staying at the hotel on site had to access the closed amusement park Wow!!! They had a couple of people working a gate where they would carefully check each persons wrist band etc and then close the gate Very bad situation that could have easily spiralled out of control
The crowd was getting angry
Once we managed to get into the amusement park to walk to our hotel another security guard said the regular path(shortest route) to the hotel was "closed " and we would have to walk the other (long way)
Late at night this was a problem because it wasn't well lit and was lacking clear signage
I will never come back to this place
3.5 based on 16 reviews
not worth going out of the way to see or even stopping. maybe drive by. There is nothing else there as it is just next to a Highway garage.
5 based on 1 reviews
I entered the New York Information Centre in Batavia to have a map of New York State. The clerk was very nice and gave it to me for free.
Our car all of a sudden had shown a warning. We weren’t sure what to do about it. We asked the clerk at the Information Centre if she could find a Mazda dealer nearby. She looked it and found it for us.
I like Information centers that are so courteous.
Worthwhile to visit!
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