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May 12, 2013

Walking tours throughout region dabble in history, geology, ghosts

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Tonawanda News — “It’s the story about the ingenuity of man to dig the canal, put in water power for three factories and everything worked,” he added. “It’s absolute genius.”

The cave tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekend through Memorial Day weekend when it switches to daily tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 20. Tours are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 20 until Labor Day. For more information, visit www.lockportcave.com

Let’s get a little structure

If architecture is your thing, Preservation Buffalo Niagara wants to show you all Western New York has to offer. With approximately 100 trained docents, hundreds of other tour volunteers and some 600 tours throughout the year, the organization’s offerings cover a variety of interests.

In Niagara County, Preservation Buffalo Niagara offers two “Lockport: Stories in Stone” tours, one that explores Main Street (July 19 and Aug. 23) and another focusing on Glenwood Cemetery (June 30 and Sept. 8). The Museum Club series of tours makes a couple of stops in the Tonawandas with a “North Tona-Wander” tour featuring the Carnegie Art Center, Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier and the Herschell Carrousel Factory (June 15 and Sept. 14), and a “Tona-Wander” tour stopping at Tonawanda Castle and Long Homestead (Sept. 22 and Oct. 20).

The Sacred Spaces series of church tours also features North Tonawanda with a tour of Our Lady Czestochowa and St. Mark Lutheran (Aug. 14). 

The Erie Canal Land Cruise is a six-hour excursion including a cruise through the locks in Lockport and a visit to the Erie Canal Discovery Center (July 28). A War of 1812 wine tour makes stops in the Niagara wine country (Sept. 14).

Brad Hahn, tour coordinator for Preservation Buffalo Niagara, said the appeal of the group’s tours is that for most, reservations are not needed. Participants need only show up at the right time and right place with ticket fee in hand. Most tours cost $10 per person.

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