Reasons to Visit Jamestown New York

Reasons to visit Jamestown New York

You may be asking yourself where in the world is Jamestown New York, and why would I ever want to go there?

 Jamestown is located in Western New York, about an hour and a half south of Buffalo, New York, and 40 minutes East of Erie, Pennsylvania. Not so far from the shores of Lake Erie, and is home to beautiful Chautauqua Lake.

Here are some interesting sites to see within the city and so much more in the surrounding area

The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Comedy Center

If you're a fan of Lucille Ball then you already know that she was born and grew up here in Jamestown New York.
Lucy is known as the city's best-known daughter.

 You'll want to visit the museum located in downtown Jamestown. They are constantly changing their exhibits, so there is always something new to see, even if you've already been there.

Every year in August the city hosts The Lucy Festival.  This event grows every year with some big-name entertainment.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Roger Tory Peterson; American naturalist, artist, and educator. He was well known as a leader in the 20th Century Environmental Movement.

The institute is a tribute to his work, as it continues his legacy by teaching the study of nature and the responsibilities of the environment.

In 1934 Roger Tory Peterson published the first modern field guide "Guide to the Birds". His first work on birds was an article "Notes from Field and Study" published in the magazine called Bird-lore.

The Robert H. Jackson Center

Robert H. Jackson was a United States Supreme Court Justice best known as the United States Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.
Robert H. Jackson was the United States Solicitor General, United States Attorney General, and Associate Justice of the United States.
He remains today the only person to have held all three of these offices.

The Center continues Jackson's legacy by providing:
  • Continued youth educational programs
  • Educational opportunities in law
  • Many exhibits on Justice Jackson and the Nuremberg Trials

Visit The Robert H. Jackson site here for more information

There are so many other attractions in the surrounding area. The Jamestown and the Chautauqua Lake Region make a great summer or winter vacation spot for you and your family to enjoy.

  • Camping, boating, skiing, and fishing on beautiful Chautauqua Lake
  • The historical Chautauqua Institute is minutes away where you'll find many summer activities
  • Niagara Falls is just an hour and a half away
  • Visit the Lake Erie Wine Trail
  • If you're a snow bunny you'll want to ski, snowboard, or go tubing at Peek 'n Peak or Holiday Valley Ski Resorts.
  • The area is famous for the many snowmobile trails
  • Let's not forget the beautiful Allegheny Forrest.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Jamestown and the surrounding area. Consider adding us to your travel plans, hope to see you soon.


  1. Love NY and have visited many times with my parents being from there. So many beautiful places to see. I haven't been to the Lucille Ball museum.

  2. Hi Fay, There really is so much to see and do here. Thanks so much for stopping by, Have a wonderful day today :)

  3. I too love NY and I'm sure I've driven through or by Jamestown but never bothered to stop. Next time I will though. Great review Sam!

    1. Thank you, Susan be sure to look me up if you ever stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks you Ginger, and New York would love to have you to visit. If you ever come this way let me know :)

  5. As you know, I grew up in western New York State, but I can't remember ever having visited Jamestown. I know the name, but didn't know what was there. The picture of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is gorgeous. What a beautiful home and surrounding area! Now I have two places to visit I've never been in my home state -- Jamestown and Old Fort Niagara -- both introduced to me by you, Sam. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much Pat. There really is so much to do here in the Jamestown area. If you make it here I know you'll enjoy your visit.

  6. You had me at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnez Museum and Comedy Center...and then it continued! Sounds like a great part of the state to visit. I only remember seeing Niagra Falls and some major attractions in NYC when I was a child. Thanks for showing us this part of the state.

    1. The Lucille Ball Festival at the end of July and beginning of Aug. gets bigger every year. I hope you can visit some time. Thanks Peggy.

  7. I've never visited the western New York area, but I've always had the impression of a beautiful area. And Lucille Ball, of course. Thanks for the mini-tour, Sam!

    1. There is so much to do and see in this area Susan. I hope you can visit some day I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Thanks so much :)


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