Batavia NY is in a culture, art and nature surroundings area of New York state. This area has so much to offer with its nearby colleges and universities as well. Located on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario and sits at the center of the historic Erie Canal. Only a 90-minute drive to Niagara Falls, 1.5 hours to the Finger Lakes wine country and 6 hours to New York City. World class events such as the International Jazz Festival and the Highland Park Lilac Festival, PGA and LPGA championships, etc. attract nearly two million visitors each year. Batavia is location off the New York State Thruway between Buffalo & Rochester. This beautiful area abounds with state and local parks which offer summer and winter sports, camping, etc.