Welcome to the Southtowns! Just south of the City of Buffalo, thriving communities exist that offer a variety of business services, entertainment, and outdoor fun all year long. In just minutes you can live it up city-style or relax and enjoy a more rural environment. Take advantage of all we have to offer including Boutique shopping, food and drink innovations, major festivals, bike and fitness trails, nature walks and Lakefront beach activities. Our communities are at the center of it all. Check it all out in the 2021-2022 Discover the WNY Region!
Lake Erie Beaches
All along Lake Erie from Buffalo to Angola there are a variety of beaches for swimming, boat access, rentals, and more. Check out the list below. In addition to multiple public Lake access points, The Hamburg Beach Town Park is a Hamburg resident-only local get-a-way located on Lakeshore Rd. Residents need to purchase resident passes to park in the beach lot and visitors can purchase day passes. Contact Hamburg Department of Town Recreation at 716-646-5145.
Public beaches include the following. Amenities vary with each beach, but you can find things like eateries, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, activities for all, or just long walks along massive Lake Erie while watching the sunset. #lakelife
Woodlawn Beach State Park & Sole (in Blasdell)
18 Mile Creek Park (Hiking and fishing along the creek in Hamburg)
Erie County Wendt Beach Park (Derby)
Hobuck Flats (Waterfall feature, Hiking, and Fishing in Derby)
Erie County Bennett Beach (Angola)
Sturgeon Point Marina (Amenities include water slips, dry docks, a restaurant, restroom facilities, 4 launch ramps and more in Derby)
The Erie County Fair & Agricultural Society (Hamburg Fairgrounds)
Hamburg also hosts the annual Erie County Fair – one of the largest county fairs in the country. This ten-day event is fun for families and features a massive variety of unique foods, rides and attractions for all to enjoy. Besides the Erie County Fair, there are a variety of shows, festivals, and artisan fairs throughout the entire year on the grounds. Check out their website for more information on all the happenings at the Fairgrounds.
The fairgrounds provide year-round fun with the Hamburg Gaming and the Buffalo Racewayopen all year. Managed by the Erie County Agricultural Society, these venues specialize in grandstand entertainment and rides, have over 950 slot machines, regularly host live concerts and shows, feature award-winning restaurants and premier live harness tracks and racing. These spectacular venues are a must-visit!
Annual Festivals, Events, & Things To Do
Multiple community organizations and businesses work to continuously offer unique experiences and a better place for all those who live, work and visit the area. Check our Calendar of Events for the events happening all over WNY! The calendar is open to all to add events at no charge. Just click submit an event on the calendar page and fill out the information. Events will then appear on the calendar within 48 hours. Don’t forget to tag us in your social posts too! (@WNYSouthtowns) to help grow your audience and get new people attending your events!
Shopping, Eateries, Gardens, Historic Landmarks & more…
Whether you’re looking for local, independent shops and boutiques or the hustle and bustle of a commercial retail center, there is something for everyone! Enjoy a stroll through the walkable Villages of Hamburg & Angola to discover quaint local shops, or take a trip to the McKinley Mall for premier shopping with National Brands and local small businesses.
Are you a foodie? Do you like fine dining or casual? Need a caterer for your next event? From Lackawanna through Angola there are unique eateries that have everything from traditional cuisine to exotic and specialty dining, breweries, wineries, and more! Click here for a list of restaurants or check out the Discover Hamburg Guide at the top of the page for a list with brief food descriptions and pricing.
Take the kids on an adventure or your next date to star gaze at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve. A one-of-a-kind place where you can unearth fossils, participate in the multiple science programs on & off site, or check out the universe in the night sky at one of their star gazing events.
Be sure to stop by and check out this beautiful monument located at Ron Jaworski Stadium on south Park Avenue In Lackawanna. There are over 1,500 names on this monument and room for many more. For more information on how a veteran can be listed click here or call the Chamber Office at 716-649-7917.
The Our Lady of Victory Basilica displays unparalleled architecture and is a Catholic parish church and national shrine in Lackawanna, NY. Due to the multiple charities of founder Father Nelson Baker, the shrine is a popular pilgrimage and visitor destination in Lackawanna. Enjoy gardens year-round in the specular Botanical Gardens. These gardens are the product of landscaping architect Frederick Law Olmsted, glass-house architects Lord & Burnham, and botanist and plant-explorer John F. Cowell.
Education & Training
For parents or future parents, education is an important consideration when choosing a home. Hamburg is proud to be home to three excellent school systems – Frontier and Hamburg public schools and St. Francis private high school for boys. In addition Lackawanna has multiple schools to accommodate cultural diversity, such as the Al-Rasheed Academy or check out the Lackawanna public school system.
We’re also home to Hilbert College, which conveniently hosts a variety of undergraduate programs, as well as, St. Bonaventure master’s degree programs.