The small town of Clarence is full of historic charm and unique neighborhoods.

Welcome to Clarence

A private and spacious community loaded with historic charm.

Located in Erie County, the small town of Clarence is full of historic charm and unique neighborhoods. With almost 40,000 residents, Clarence brings a small-town ambiance to the outskirts of Buffalo and welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds. The area has a few spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places, like the Automobile Club of Buffalo, and features many antique shops and historic buildings.

Clarence was the first town established in Erie County in 1808 with the original town of Buffalo divided out of this neighborhood two years later. The town became a primary location for gypsum mining in the 20th century and today is a top destination for locals and tourists to experience small-town living in a charming, old-fashioned neighborhood.

What to Love

  • Generational, family-owned restaurants and businesses.

  • Historic buildings throughout the neighborhood.

  • Dozens of spots to enjoy New York’s natural wonders from parks to playgrounds, hiking trails, and creeks.

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Clarence enjoy a slow, peaceful lifestyle. Homes in this area are mostly large ranchers, Victorians, or Cape Cods nestled on large properties. Many families and young professionals live in this neighborhood and the town is home to several high-achieving schools and a vibrant commercial district. Enjoy the tree-lined streets and manicured lawns, sip tea at the Asa Ransom House, and enjoy the abundant natural beauty of this small community in upstate New York.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

With dozens of unique restaurants right in the heart of the neighborhood, Main Street in Clarence offers the best dining options. Visit The Hollow Bistro and Brew, an upscale restaurant offering unique cocktails, dozens of shareable plates, and a rotating, seasonal menu. Try the local favorite Gianni Mazia’s on Main for the best Italian fare “just like your Mama makes it!”

Their cozy atmosphere and great food keep guests coming back for more and with a huge menu, there is something for all palates at Gianni Mazia’s.

Anderson's Frozen Custard was built on tradition. In 1947, Carl and Greta Anderson opened the custard shop serving homemade custards and signature menu items like beef on weck. Today, the restaurant is owned by a new generation of Andersons who brought updated menu items, gluten-free options, and six locations throughout the Buffalo area. They are open all year long.

Things to Do

Enjoy a day outside at Akron Falls Park and Town Place Park. Akron Falls offers two scenic waterfalls to explore on a dense trail with a 300-acre park perfect for relaxing, playing sports, or enjoying a picnic. Town Place Park features tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, soccer fields, a large pavilion for parties, and the perfect fishing pond.

Celebrate the fall season at the Great Pumpkin Farm! Open daily during September and October, the Great Pumpkin Farm offers a bakery with homemade goods like fresh pumpkin pie and doughnuts, the Witches Brew Bar and Cafe, a Halloween store, and zillions of pumpkins to choose from in their pumpkin patch. Enjoy an afternoon frolicking in the corn maze or the petting zoo, get your face painted, and spend an evening in the haunted maze. There’s something for everyone during the fall at the Great Pumpkin Farm.

The annual Taste of Clarence & Cruise Night is the coolest event of the year. Featuring hundreds of classic cars and incredible food, the festival brings great entertainment to the Clarence community. Guest love the popular basket raffle that features incredible prizes from local businesses, over 30 different food vendors, and live music all afternoon and evening. Check out the awesome cars and enjoy a day out with the Clarence community!

The Brickhall in the Hollow venue provides the perfect place for weddings and special events. Located in the heart of Clarence Hollow, the historic venue hosts unique events and provides luxury catering by Salvatore’s Hospitality. It’s a great place for photographs, with views of the gorgeous windows and brick facade of the historic building, and a favorite spot for celebrations.


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