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Roadtrip! / Hidden Valley Adventure Center

Take time out for an animal safari


2887 Royce Road, Varysburg

585-535-4100, hiddenvalleyadventure.com


Best for:

Families with kids

42 minutes • 36.9 miles

190 S -> 400 S -> 20 A


Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is aptly named, because not too many Western New Yorkers know about this animal safari park tucked into the rolling hills of Wyoming County. They should. It’s the only experience of its kind in the area, and, because it’s just a forty-five-minute drive from Buffalo, it makes the perfect day trip for the whole family. 


Visitors take an hour-long safari through sixty-three acres of parkland, where they can reach out and pet, as well as feed, more than 400 animals not typically found in this corner of the world. These include camels, Scottish highland cattle, bison, elk, zebra, ostriches, emus, alpacas, llamas, three or four kinds of deer, tesla longhorns, and water buffalo. 


There is also a petting zoo for younger children; older ones will enjoy the thrill of interacting with larger animals.


“If people are at all animal lovers, it’s an experience unlike anything they’d have at any zoo,” says marketing director Michael Powers. “It makes an interesting journey. The animals get to check you out as the trolley takes you across sixty-three acres of land, and you’re seeing animals from all over the world. It’s literally up close and personal.”


This year is the park’s tenth anniversary. There are lots of new babies to see, notes Powers, including ostriches, camels, and nilgai, a type of antelope; “It’s the perfect family escape.” 


Tours run through the last weekend in October. Adult safari tour tickets are $19.50, and tickets for children ages 3-10 years are $15.50. Children two and younger get in free. Admission prices include a cup of grain to feed the animals as well as access to the “Small Animal Adventure,” where visitors can interact with some smaller species. 



The Trailside Grille, on premises at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure; The Byrncliff Restaurant, 2357 Humphrey Road, Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, Varysburg



Vidler’s 5 and 10 and Made in America store are both on the way from Buffalo in East Aurora, along with a host of other fun shops. 



Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Genesee Country Village and Museum, Charcoal Corral, Silver Lake Twin Drive-In



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