Hamburg boasts a long history that finds its beginnings as far back as 1805, when the area was known as Barkerville. Present-day Hamburg formed in 1812 when New England settlers moved into the area, and by 1815, the first postal routes began, which greatly expanded its contact with neighboring cities and towns. The Erie Railroad brought further growth to the town in 1852, and the Erie County Fair came to Hamburg in 1868, bringing even more money and economic growth to the region with tourism. The fair has entertained locals and tourists each year ever since.
Hamburg Parks and Wat
Being just a short distance away from Lake Erie, locals enjoy Hamburg for its public parks and recreation offerings, as well as fishing, boating, and watersports opportunities nearby. The Hamburg Recreation Department works hard to maintain its parks’ clean, fresh appearance, keeping them enjoyable for locals and visitors alike. Hamburg’s popular parks include Memorial Park and Glen Meadows Park. Just a short distance out of city limits, Hamburg Park rests right along Lake Erie’s shoreline, offering plenty of facilities for water activity. Hamburg Park's frequenters particularly enjoy windsurfing and watching the beautiful sunset over the lake.
Wherever you are in Hamburg, it is not hard to find excitement and entertainment, especially if you look to the Hamburg Fairgrounds and Casino. Adults can enjoy all of their favorite drinks, buffet foods, and slots games at the casino, as well as more casual dining options onsite. Families can join the festivities occurring year-round at the Fairgrounds, including watching the Buffalo Raceway’s regular horse races and the Showplex’s seasonal horse shows. Every December, the Fairgrounds holds its annual holiday season Festival of Lights, and the Erie County Fair comes to town each year around August.