Supporting a population of over 100,000 people, Amherst, NY is one of the state’s biggest towns. Amherst is known for its luxurious homes-both residential and rental -- and low crime rate, making it an ideal place for a family vacation that is both exciting and worry free.
Despite Amherst’s central New York location, the city offers a surprising number of historic sites. One of which is the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, which features a museum of 25,000 feet and 35-acres of land dotted with historic buildings. Amherst State Park is the perfect suburban area for taking an afternoon stroll, as part of the park is wooded and deer are abundant in the area and can often be seen frolicking through the park’s meadows.
Running along the Erie Canal, the Amherst Canalway Trail is a 5.2 -mile long trail that’s used by locals for biking, while the Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst is perfect for avid golfers looking to spend some time perfecting their swings. Taking a short trip into Buffalo, guests with an appreciation for modern art can view hundreds of contemporary art pieces at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and adults of legal drinking age can spend a night dancing, listening to good music, and having drinks with friends at Club Marcella.
Booking a vacation home in Amherst is made easy due to the city’s variety and abundance of accommodations. The rentals are found all over the city and surrounding areas, but, regardless of location, they all offer two of the most important modern comforts: internet and TV. Some rentals are pet friendly, while others opt for only housing human guests.
The best time to visit Amherst is during the city’s warmest months -- May through early September.
Amherst take pride in hosting a variety of fun events each year. The Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival, Buffalo Comicon, and the Family-First New Year’s Eve Celebration are a few of the city’s most prized events.
The Halloween Trick-or-Treat at the Heritage Village is the city’s most family-friendly Halloween event, encouraging guests to go trick or treating through the historic village, collecting an array of sweets and candies, and showing off their costumes.
Visiting families with a flair for color and creativity can spend their afternoon creating their own masterpieces at Make Your Mark Art Studio, while younger children and their families can head over to 7KidsPlay for an entire day of yoga, art, music, and family-friendly enrichment classes.