There’s Always Something to do in Ellicottville
By Eva Potter
Shame on you if you find yourself bored in Ellicottville, because there are so ways to stay busy. You’re guaranteed to leave with an interesting story or one-of-a-kind experience. Get your adventure pants on and head out for a great time!
Holiday Valley Sky High Adventure Park
This spring, adrenaline junkies visiting Sky High’s Aerial Park will get a wholesome kind of high. All it takes is one visit to its 13 challenge courses to get your blood pumping. The family-friendly courses are geared to a wide range of ability levels, from easy (about 15 feet off the ground) to commando (50-plus feet up).
There are 10-15 features—like platforms, bridges, obstacles and zip lines — on each course and some trees have more than one platform.
These challenge courses aren’t only about physical strength — they’re also about strategy and balance. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (716) 699-HIGH. Open May 8–June 14, Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
The park’s Climbing Forest is a perennial favorite for kids and adults alike. The 3-D version of a climbing wall equipped with climbing holds, coded to indicate difficulty level, will take you to new and thrilling heights. Securely harnessed for the climb up, you can go as high as you like. Then just let go and the auto belay system will lower you back to the ground. There is even a kids’ area with two trees where younger climbers can climb about 6 feet up and back down. The Climbing Forest is open Friday–Sunday, starting May 8 and daily starting June 19, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
For a more passive thrill, take a ride on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. First, ride up the tracks in a two-person car while enjoying the stunning view. Then zoom down 4,805 feet of track including 15 curves, 12 waves, a jump, plus a huge circle/spiral. Granny-style or racing daredevil, you get to control the speed. The coaster is open for riders ages 3 and up, who are at least 38” tall, and it will run May 22–June 14, Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Reservations are strongly suggested for the Aerial Park and Climbing Forest and can be made by calling (716) 699-HIGH. Visit www.holidayvalley.com/skyhigh for more information, videos and pics.
Allegany State Park
Only 20 minutes from Ellicottville, the 65,000-acre Allegany State Park is filled with a million ways to have a great time with friends and family. You can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife spotting, sensational photography, kayaking and canoeing, camping, history and so much more! So, pack a picnic and grab your family for a memorable day, weekend or week!
Even though registration has closed for the 2015 Great Valley Firemans’ Regatta, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the colorful, crazy floats and boats as they head 10 miles down Cattaraugus Creek May 1–3. This year’s theme celebrates the regatta’s 40th anniversary with “happy birthday” decorations, costumes and more.