Lockport, NY: Erie Canal, Lockport Caves, and Lake Effect Ice Cream

the front of Lake Effect
the front of Lake Effect

Both of the Buffalovebirds hail from Niagara County. Specifically, one is a Lockport Lion alum! Forty minutes from downtown Buffalo, at the corner of route 78 and 31, twenty five minutes south of Lake Ontario- Lockport has quite the history behind it, regardless of it being under the radar in Western New York. The Erie Canal, a 360+ mile canal that extends from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo (a connecting route via water from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes), is the most prominent landmark in LP. We get a kick out of being tourists in our hometowns and wanted to share a great day date idea for you, next time you venture out in WNY.

Start your day with a 2 hour cruise along the Lockport Canal, where you can experience the view of the man-made canal, see the ‘Flight of Five’ locks from the 1840s, and pass under raised bridges and the only set of double-locks along the canal.


Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

210 Market St. Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 433-6155

adults $17.50, kids 4-10 $9


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Inside the Canal Side building (clear to see from the road), is a cafe where you may grab a bite to eat- unless you have reserved a cool lunch & cruise deal already. It’s easy to book online or through the phone. Group rates are also available (a great tour to take your out-of-town guests, too!). After you’ve taken your historical canal tour, hop off and head up to the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride. Lasting a little over an hour, this tour gives you an industrial history on Locks 34, 35, 67-71 built in 1838, hydraulic tunnels that gave off water power, and hear about Birdsill Holly. (who??!! ah, the guy who invented the rotary pump, the 2nd place winner of the most patents in the US (Thomas Edison in first).)


Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

5 Gooding St. Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 438-0174

adults $12, kids $7


The boat ride is relaxing yet a little spooky! It’s also a blast to take the tour the week of Halloween as well! Make sure you wear safe shoes as you will be walking on even ground and in a boat. You can reserve through their website, as well- and of course calling or stopping by the office, too. After all of that darkness- step out in to the light and walk over to Lake Effect Ice Cream for some addicting artisan treats! Locally owned and established in Lockport, Lake Effect has taken Western New York by storm and has begun selling their deliciousness in Wegmans & Tops- even at the Transit Drive-In! (how we wish they had a shop in downtown BLo or Elmwood!!!)


Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream

79 Canal St. Lockport, NY 14094



app: lake effect ice cream (free!)

Owned by two Lockport teachers, their ice cream has humorous local names which are created using local ingredients, offers gluten-free flavors, and best of all- is rich and mouth-watering!

the DL on the flavors (how does one choose!?)
the DL on the flavors (how does one choose!?)


quaint inside seating area. also space to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine!
quaint inside seating area. also space to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine!
Glazed Red Velvet Donut sundae (made with Paula's red velvet donuts!) and a waffle cone filled with Peanut Butter Epiphany
Glazed Red Velvet Donut sundae (made with Paula’s red velvet donuts!) and a waffle cone filled with Peanut Butter Epiphany

So take a drive out to Lockport to brush up on your local history and savor a cold cone which will leave you scouring the grocery isles for your own personal pint!

**the popular crowd of LP: the creator of volleyball (William G. Morgan), the inventor of the human canonball (William Leonard Hunt aka- The Great Farini), supermodel Kim Alexis

3 Comments Add yours

  1. How fun! I’ll definitely have to add this to my list of things to do when I move to Buffalo. I’ll be there in two weeks!

    1. Hi Zandria! Welcome to Buffalo! You will have a lot of fun here- so much to do & see! Hopefully we will give you some good ideas, too!!

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