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Fun Things To Do on the Buffalo Waterfront & Niagara Falls

Searching for things to do as summer winds down?  We have plenty of ideas to keep you busy over the next few weeks and through Labor Day weekend.  The Buffalo Niagara region has ample waterfront access for all sorts of activities as well as great waterfront restaurants for dining before or after your waterfront adventure. 

The wonder of Niagara Falls continues to amaze and inspire people from all over the world.  Venture over to Niagara Falls State Park to get up close to this wonder; there’s plenty of observation areas to witness the millions of gallons surging 300 feet over the falls in a roar of thrilling thunder and splash up in a magnificent mist. Speaking of mist, the world famous Maid of the Mist boat tour (on the US side) and the new Hornblower Niagara Cruises (on the Canadian side) both travel along the Niagara River to the Horseshoe Falls.  Waterproof ponchos are provided if you don’t want to get soaked!  Hornblower also offers extraordinary new evening cruises where you can experience a magnificent sunset, Falls illumination or fireworks.  Feeling even more adventurous?   jet_2.jpg For an awesome whitewater AND historical experience take a short drive to Youngstown and take a tour with Niagara Jet Adventures, where you’ll cruise along the Class 5 Whirlpool Rapids in the Niagara Gorge after seeing historical landmarks that are more than 300 years old.  History abounds along the Erie Canal in Lockport at the Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises as you pass under 2 lift-bridges that raise straight up.  See the remaining famous 1800’s “Flight of Five” locks as you are raised and lowered 49 feet in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal.  Top off your experience at one of our favorite waterfront restaurants here.

In downtown Buffalo you can cruise through history as you travel up the waterway that made Buffalo one of the richest cities in the world.  Listen to the story of our history as the world’s largest grain port while experiencing the nation’s most extensive collection of standing elevators from just a few feet away.   Fourteen of these enormous structures, which inspired European Modernist architects in the early twentieth century, still line our river and waterfront.  Silo City has emerged as a hub of adventure and culture.  We recommend the narrated sightseeing cruises by Buffalo River History Tours and Buffalo Harbor Cruises.  While you’re enjoying the sights around the waterfront take a stroll to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park - the largest inland park of its kind in the nation - and explore actual Navy ships, vintage fighter planes and other inspiring exhibits.  

For more things to do, click over to and find all sorts of cool stuff to explore.  Buffalo restaurants feature waterfront patio dining and entertainment.  Even if you live in the Buffalo or Niagara Falls areas, take the time to see what attracts over 12 million visitors to our a tourist in your own backyard!


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