What to do and see in Dunkirk, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 3, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Dunkirk is a city in Chautauqua County, New York, in the United States. It was officially incorporated in 1880, though it was first settled around 1805. The population was 12,563 as of the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 12,328 in 2013. Dunkirk is bordered on the north by Lake Erie. It shares a border with the village of Fredonia to the south, and with the town of Dunkirk to the east and west. Dunkirk is the westernmost city in the state of New York.
Restaurants in Dunkirk

1. 1891 Fredonia Opera House

9 Church St, Fredonia, NY 14063-1842 +1 716-679-0891
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

1891 Fredonia Opera House

Reviewed By Saoirse084 - New York

I absolutely love have something like the 1891 Fredonia Opera House nearby. I have been countless times for live concerts, live screenings of top notch theater productions, movie showings, and showings of operas and plays. I look forward to checking their schedule every few months, and the entertainment is always reasonably priced. The showings of plays and operas on the big screen are very engaging - at times, you don't realize that you aren't watching an actual production on the stage.

2. Dunkirk Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum

1 Lighthouse Point Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048 +1 716-366-5050
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Dunkirk Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum

Reviewed By Kanilea361 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The lighthouse itself is wonderful, but I especially liked that it is located in a park honoring our veterans. The 1st floor of the lighthouse keeper's house is furnished as it was early in the 20th Century while the upper floor is full of military artifacts, many of which were contributed by local residents. Plan to spend some time there.

3. Merritt Estate Winery

2264 King Rd, Forestville, NY 14062-9703 +1 888-965-4800
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Merritt Estate Winery

Reviewed By George N - Tampa, Florida

Located down a country road and dirt trail, this is a true working winery. The main door is nestled under a beautiful trellis of wisteria. Inside, you find a large and inviting tasting room. The staff are super friendly and the wines superb. Merritt has always offered a tasty sangria mix wine, but now they have developed one for slushie mixes. A specially blended wine that you just pour into the blender for perfect drinks! I sampled all of their "slushie" mixes, and they were excellent. These are perfect for hot summer days by the pool. No worries about diluting the wine, as it is concentrated. What can I say but "more please". This is an excellent winery with great people. Make sure to add this to your wine trail list.

4. Willow Creek Winery

2627 Chapin Rd, Silver Creek, NY 14136-9760 +1 716-934-9463
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Willow Creek Winery

Reviewed By Jefferson H

Minimal charge for wine tastings, and the wines are very good. They have both dry and sweet wines, so you are sure to find something to suit your fancy. Although chocolate wine is not usually to our taste, we did enjoy the taste we had. The woman serving the wines is gracious and entertaining. Definitely a do again.

5. Liberty Vineyards Winery

2861 Rte. 20, Sheridan, NY 14135 +1 716-672-4520
Excellent
74%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Liberty Vineyards Winery

Reviewed By George N - Tampa, Florida

This is usually our first stop on the win trail. A beautiful winery located just off the main road. The staff is always very friendly and the wines are amazing. Grown from local sweet grapes, the wines are blended for any taste or occasion. Liberty also offers an excellent shop featuring local items. My wife does not drink, but the gift shop always offers something to catch her eye. This is a great little winery that always kicks off our wine trail adventure with style

6. Lana's The Little House

Forestville, NY 14062 +1 716-965-2798
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Lana's The Little House

Lana's The Little House Storybook English Cottage, complete with English Gardens. Open daily all year. For tours, elegant afternoon tea, and lots more. A personalized "experience" -- not commercialized! Reservations required (prepaid nonrefundable) Where tea junkies roam near Buffalo in Chautauqua since 2003. We focus on the art of great and proper preparation of great tea. Visit Lana's The Little House website for further details of this handcrafted treasure on 21 enchanting acres.

Reviewed By MarylandCupcakelover - Maryland

What a truly delightful experience this was! We arrived for afternoon tea and were greeted warmly by Lana, who regarded us like old friends. The Little House itself is absolutely enchanting, like stepping back through time, and the outdoor gardens and pond were gorgeous in late August.

After chatting with Lana, learning the history of the property and relaxing in the living room area for a bit, we went into a light-filled dining room to relax and sample several pots of tea while dining on scones, cucumber sandwiches and tarts. The food was delicious and the atmosphere so warm.

Lana is a dear, and her tours and tea were perfect for a ladies' afternoon to catch up and sample new brews. The Little House also offers a small gift shop with many blends of delicious tea (snowflake is a favorite!) and trinkets. We loved it all.

For tea lovers, anglophiles, lovers of unique architecture and just those looking for a different sort of afternoon, The Little House is a perfect destination. Highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to return. In fact, I look forward to it!

(While Lana requests that no photos be taken of the house, she herself takes snapshots of guests and posts them for free to download on her website. I hope she won't mind that I snapped one of the exterior! I just couldn't help myself.)

7. Woodbury Winery & Vineyards

3215 S Roberts Rd, Fredonia, NY 14063-9417 +1 866-691-9463
Excellent
66%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Woodbury Winery & Vineyards

Home of the "Best Chardonnay in the Northern Hemisphere" (Intervin 1988), Woodbury has been producing exceptional wines since its inception in 1979. Woodbury continues to produce top quality wines right here in the largest grape growing region East of the Rockies! Come explore our fun, casual tasting room where you can "Sip & Shop" the many NY artisanal handcrafted Food Products, local Works of Art, & other Wine Gift Items, including Gift Baskets! Join us in our updated Wine Lounge/Media Center, where you can sit and relax at a comfortable sofa or chair while sipping a glass of wine. A variety of movies, board games, wine publications, local papers, etc. are available for your enjoyment! Outdoor lawn games, including Volleyball, Badminton, Bocce Balls, are also available in the warmer months. Conveniently located just off the "beaten trail", less than 3 miles (5 minutes) from I-90 (New York Thruway), and just 3/4 mile South of Route 20, this is a stop you won't want to miss!

Reviewed By George N - Tampa, Florida

Woodbury is an excellent winery for those looking to relax and enjoy their wines. The winery does not cater to "wine trains", so expect a laid back enjoyable experience. You won't find drunken college kids or bachelorette parties here, just a beautiful winery and excellent local gift shop. The staff are extremely friendly and have a passion for the wines they create. You get full sample sizes, not just brief sips of the wines. I thoroughly enjoyed the comfortable and personal journey through their many wines.

8. Dunkirk Boardwalk Market

822 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048-3306 +1 716-366-9876
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Dunkirk Boardwalk Market

Reviewed By Steelerlady7 - Fredonia, New York

There is a good seafood place here but, that's about it. Stores are all overpriced and heard it's because of high rent. The city got federal funding to build it yet they gouge tenants. No wonder nothing can exist when govt. runs things.

9. Cool Little Music Shop

65 W Main St, Suite 1, Fredonia, NY 14063-2137 +1 716-672-5995
Excellent
80%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Cool Little Music Shop

Reviewed By SteveWas - upstate ny

Surprise! You probably would not expect to find a specialty shop like this in a small town like Fredonia, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The local college SUNY Fredonia has an extensive music program and the Sound Recording Program, and that's what makes this a must-see stop on your visit in Fredonia.

The shop has an amazing assortment of famous name electronic instruments like Moog, Novation, the kind of unique items you would typically need to travel to New York City to find. I was really impressed with the collection of specialty noise boxes that are showing up on the latest music, far out effects boxes from Death By Audio, BleeplabsThingamgoop and more.

The shop is an interesting and fun activity that doesn't take more than 1 hour, and can be just what you need to entertain a bored teenager int he backseat who needs an interesting break away from the iPhone screen.

10. Dunkirk City Pier

Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048
Excellent
50%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Dunkirk City Pier

Reviewed By chickqueene - Lackawanna

EVEN though the "weather outside is frightful"----lotsa wind & rain---
it did manage to clear up enough for us to go to the Dunkirk City Pier to hear our
FAVORITE band, CHICAGO AUTHORITY in concert.
oh sure, it drizzled a bit now & then, but, it did not stop the sweet sounds nor the guys & gals from dancing.
good crowd, food trucks, and an evening of singing along and tapping our feet to
the beat of the band.
ROCK ON MY FAVORITE.

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