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Explore all that’s happening in Downtown Batavia

exterior of Batavia Downs with guests entering
Eli Fish Brewing Company brick exterior and signage

Batavia, NY is conveniently located halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, at exit 48 on the NYS Thruway (I-90) or along State Route 5. Offering ample lodging options, over 60 restaurants, gaming, live racing, live music, and more, Batavia has something for everyone! Explore boutiques, antiques, diverse dining, and cultural offerings while visiting this small city.


Picturesque in all seasons, Batavia is a walkable community in all seasons and provides free parking throughout the city. Explore boutiques, enjoy a cup of coffee, and take in the sights as you visit the city. Does your electric vehicle need a charge? Batavia has several EV charging stations which can be found by visiting this link: Click Here


Eat

Dig in and dine on…The dining experience is truly something special here. From cozy country diners to romantic tables for two, there are over 60 restaurants in Batavia! Steaks, pasta, pancakes, or pizza -everyone in your group is sure to find something they love! Below highlights a few local favorites, but click HERE to request our area dining guide to see the full list.

Eli Fish Brewing Company: The first brewery in downtown Batavia in over 100 years! With a rotating tap of House-crafted and local brews, ciders, and seltzers you just may find your new favorite! Not sure what to try first? The Heavy Maple won Gold and the prestigious Governor’s Cup in the 2021 NYS Craft Beer Competition, while the Tiga Queen won Best NYS Beer! Enjoy their ever-changing menu, or grab something from Eden Cafe & Bakery, a vegan eatery located right inside Eli Fish.
 
Main Street Pizza Company offers all the traditional pizzeria favorites, but with the addition of 32 wing flavors. Yes, you read that right...32! Not a pizza-lover? That's okay because when you dine in they offer a specialty lunch and dinner menu complete with all the classic Italian favs like Arancini, fresh pasta, and even giant ravioli!
T.F. Brown's Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, offering Western, NY favorites like chicken wings and beef on weck. A full kids menu, interactive games, 22 TV's, outdoor patio, party room, live music, and 24 lanes of bowling at the adjoining Mancuso Bowling Center makes this a destination the whole family can enjoy!
Alex's Place is an award-winning Batavia staple and a must visit! They've been serving up delicious char-grilled favorites for over 30 years. Their famous Baby Back Ribs are known throughout the region, as is the prime rib of beef, grilled shrimp skewers, and so much more! 

Shop

Age-old items and fresh new finds...Downtown Batavia has dozens specialty shops. If you're looking for clothing, crafts, fine jewelry, nostalgic toys and games, or maybe even major retailers, you'll surely find it in Batavia!

Valle Jewelers has been proudly serving Western New York since 1951. For three generations, the Valle family has been dedicated to offering products and services that are of high quality. Find everything from fashion to bridal 
balls with faces at adam miller toys
Adam Miller's Toy & Bicycle has been serving families in Batavia and the surrounding communities since 1918. From the moment you walk into this shop, you'll feel like they’ve stepped back in time! You won't find batteries or gaming systems here! Look for classics like Lincoln logs, puzzles, board games, and model cars.
Foxprowl Collectables is an eclectic and unique toys and collectibles boutique. This store features hundreds of figures, comics, and pop-culture items from the 1960's, 70's, 80's, 90's & now. Shop brands like Marvel, DC, Lego, and more!
The award-winning Oliver’s Candies has been a Batavia institution for generations. Stop by to try some of their locally famous sponge candy or their year-round ice cream parlor! This sweet-smelling, fine quality candy shop is filled with all kinds of tasty treats and custom gifts including chocolate! All of their creations are hand-made. They even have their own ice cream parlor!

Do

Whether you're looking for a romantic evening for two, or a lively night on the town with friends there's always something happening in Batavia! Live music, dinner and a movie, or a night at the races all await when you visit.

Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel is a year-round destination in and of itself! Enjoy five restaurants, over 700 gaming machines, live music, special events, their 84 room luxury hotel, and Live Harness Racing at the oldest lighted harness racetrack in North America!
Ellicott Trail takes you along 9.7 miles connecting recreational, historical and residential areas, also crossing the beautiful Tonawanda Creek. Hike or bike the trail; great for kids and stroller friendly! A full map can be downloaded HERE.
Terry Hills Golf Course is one of the top five public courses in the region, and it's no surprise! The picturesque and beautifully manicured 27-hole golf course is home to rolling hills, challenging greens, and strategically-placed sand traps! Terry Hills has been proudly family-owned and operated for over 40 years, and coined by NY Golf Magazine as "first class golf in a friendly down-to-earth atmosphere."  Ask about their unique & affordable stay & play options!
History buffs rejoice! The Holland Land Office Museum is chock-full of Batavia and Western, NY history. While you're visiting, be sure to look for the Medal of Honor received by Batavian Charles F. Rand, who was the first soldier in the nation to volunteer to the Civil War or check out the gibbet that was used to perform hangings, a darker piece of Genesee County's past. After your explore, check out the Batavia Peace Garden, located right next door! 

Stay

Fluff your pillows and settle in for a carefree night! A getaway is twice as nice when it comes with a good night’s sleep. Settle into our hotels, motels, inns, cozy B&Bs, cabins, campgrounds, and more. You’ll be feeling “fresh” in the morning, no matter where you choose! From luxurious to layover, we’ve got accommodations to fit your needs. Their prime location right off the thruway exit makes travel easy!
View all of your options HERE, or peek below at a few of our visitors favorites:

Hotel at Batavia Downs: Well appointed luxury guest rooms, many overlooking the harness-racing track, with complimentary gaming free-play

LaQuinta Inn & Sweets: Consistently rated by Tripadvisor as travelers favorite, this hotel boasts newly renovated rooms with an indoor pool

Best Western Crown Inn & Suites: Reasonable prices, friendly staff, and access to an indoor pool, check out their whirlpool suites

Red Roof Inn: Budget conscious without sacrificing quality and cleanliness, includes ample bus parking and pets are welcome


If you would like more information or help planning your visit to Batavia, please contact our office by calling 585-344-4152 (M-F 8:30-4:30) or request our area dining guide below:

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