Introduction to Grand Island, New York
Grand Island benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area with. The town's population is approximately 18,621.
Grand Island History
When French explorers visited this area during the 16th century, they found that it was inhabited by Neutral Native Americans. The Seneca Indians destroyed this tribe in the mid17th century and used the land for fishing and hunting. In 1815, Grand Island was purchased by New York State along with other small islands in the Niagara River. Grand Island was formally established as a town in 1852.
Grand Island and nearby Attractions
- Beaver Island State Park
- Martin's Fantasy Island
- Buckhorn Island State Park
- Woods Creek
- Historical Society of the Tonawandas
- Niagara Aerospace Museum
Things To Do In Grand Island
Beaver Island State Park has a marina, swimming beach, picnic areas, nature trails and children’s playgrounds. The town also has a rifle range, archery range & trap and a skeet range. The 85-acre Martin’s Fantasy Island is a popular local amusement park. The Erie County Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Zoo and the Aquarium of Niagara are all accessible from Grand Island as well.
Grand Island Transportation
Niagara Falls International Airport is nearby.
Grand Island Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include Niagara County Community College, SUNY Buffalo, Villa Maria College Buffalo, Canisius College, D'Youville College and Buffalo State College.