Sherman’s illuminating tourist attraction returns for 6th year

SHERMAN – Imagine walking on a one-mile trail in the forest at night, where the landscapes are transformed with ever-changing colorful lighting that highlights the various aspects of the plant life and the forest. You’ll experience this and more at the Chautauqua Lake region’s unique tourism attraction NIGHT LIGHTS at The Heron in Sherman. Back for its 6th season, the eco-tourism attraction continues to grow into one of North America’s unique experiences.

New in 2014 will be enhanced lighting, new artwork, entertainment, events and more. A special two-day event called Nights of Fire will take place on Aug. 29 and 30. The event will combine music, fire spinning and dancing performance, and workshops. Visitors can come just for the night or the entire weekend. On most Friday nights, NIGHT LIGHTS will feature a “house band” called Uncle Claud’s Band, playing the music of The Grateful Dead.

NIGHT LIGHTS at The Heron is open Friday and Saturday nights until Oct. 5. It is also open the Sunday of Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1. The attractions is open from dusk to 11 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 12 to 7 years old. Six years and under are free. The Heron is located at 2361 Wait Corners Road, Sherman, NY 14767.

Situated on an 200-acre certified-organic farm called The Heron, guests walk a smooth one-mile trail past ponds and into a forest filled with colorful lighting schemes and art. Guest eventually encounter the cafe in the Woods; a combination cafe and performance stage. Each evening, NIGHT LIGHTS features a wide-variety of entertainment ranging from bands, authors, artists and more.

A majority of the lighting is LED technology and is utilized to highlight the natural landscapes of the Heron’s lush forests, ponds and trails. In some cases, guests can interact with the lighting which allows them to create their own imprint on NIGHT LIGHTS. The creators of NIGHT LIGHTS are also producers of NIGHT LIGHTS at The Gardens at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NIGHT LIGHTS at Ellicottville’s Nannen Arboretum and NIGHT LIGHTS at Griffis Sculpture Park.

For more information about NIGHT LIGHTS at The Heron and the entertainment schedule, visit