Olcott Beach was one of the first beaches I visited as a kid.  My grandfather and grandmother owned a cottage on Lake Road between Ransomville and Wilson. Of all the towns along the Great Lakes in New York State, Olcott is by far my favorite. This small town on Lake Ontario is full of colorful shops, a vintage amusement park, Olcott basically has everything you want for your fun summer getaway.

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As recently featured on WGRZ-TV Olcott is a small hamlet of Newfane, New York situated along Lake Ontario in Western New York. Its location makes Olcott a great day trip. Olcott is located within an hour’s drive from Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Rochester.

The best time to visit Olcott, NY is in the summer and during the weekends in early fall. The Lakeview Village Shoppes are open daily from Labor Day to Memorial Day and on weekends in September and October.

Olcott is less of a place to visit sites and more of an atmospheric destination. The best thing to do in Olcott is to simply soak in the charming lakeside atmosphere. While there are a few key points of interest in Olcott, prepare yourself for a day of relaxingly meandering through town and soaking up beachside views of Lake Ontario.

Olcott is commonly referred to as Olcott Beach. The beach is what gives Olcott its allure.

Olcott Beach Lighthouse is a tiny lighthouse located at the end of Olcott Pier. This lighthouse will be one of the first things you see when arriving in Olcott and while there is no practical use of this lighthouse, it is an exact replica of the original lighthouse that was built and in use in 1873.

Strolling around the Lakeview Village Shoppes is one of the best things to do in Olcott Beach. Not only is this spot picturesque, but the shops are also perfect for window shopping. The shops are located on the pier with views of Lake Ontario.

If you get hungry, make Lakeside Ice Cream a stop. Here you can get creamy Perrys Ice Cream and standard quick eats such as hotdogs and hamburgers.
Olcott Beach Carousel Park is one of the most unique things to do in Olcott. This park is located just steps away from Olcott Beach and is full of vintage amusement park rides and games. Adults will love this park for its nostalgic atmosphere and children will enjoy all the rides.

 

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