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Where to eat, what to do in Amherst during state amateur hockey tournaments

About 2,190 youth hockey players from across the state will be competing for state championships at Amherst's Northtown Center over the next three weekends.

Here's six attractions close to the Northtown Center ice rinks that Visit Buffalo Niagara suggests parents and coaches take players to eat or relax before or after their games in the New York State Amateur Hockey Association’s state tournaments:

  • Niagara Falls State Park, Prospect Street, Niagara Falls. It's 20 miles from the ice rink. And one of the natural wonders of the world.
  • Sweet Jenny’s, 5732 Main St., Williamsville. Celebrate the win with dessert from Sweet Jenny’s. This delightful local shop is the perfect place to treat the family. Since 1985, this Williamsville favorite has been making homemade desserts and serving ice cream, gelato, low-fat yogurts, and candy galore! Sweet Jenny’s is transitioning its operations into the old Williamsville Water Mill behind their store at 60 Spring St.
  • Elmo’s Bar and Restaurant, 2349 Millersport Highway, Getzville. A trip to the Buffalo Niagara region wouldn’t be complete without chicken wings. Locals claim that Elmo’s has the BEST wings in the Northtowns. Roll your sleeves up for this one.
  • Lasertron, 5101 N. Bailey Ave. Amherst. We’ll say this one’s for the kids, but honestly, no matter what age you are, it’s hard not to love Lasertron. Strap on your power vest and get ready to dodge through 9,200 square feet of the most intense game of laser tag you’ll ever play.
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Step back in time to see how earlier generations of Western New Yorkers lived. The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village features a blacksmith shop, school house, barbershop and more that are over 100 years old, as well as a museum with replicas of the Erie Canal, a speakeasy and a 50’s diner.


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