The village of Gowanda is partly in Collins, in the extreme southwest part of town. Collins also has several hamlets. Gowanda is home of the annual Hollywood Happening, a weekend event that attracts motorcyclists from all over. Parts of the 1987 movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles were filmed in Gowanda. Collins is home to two prisons, Collins Correctional Facility and Gowanda Correctional Facility, both adjacent to the village.
Gowanda Village Historic District, encompassing five 20th-century commercial buildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bank of Gowanda, built in 1914, also is on the national register.