When it comes to summer, Buffalo pulls out all the stops. Come for the city’s revitalized waterfront, vibrant neighborhoods and restored architecture; stay for the host of attractions and festivals that define a Buffalo summer!
Make a splash on Buffalo’s redeveloped waterfront at Canalside, where hundreds of eventswill be held this season. Or enjoy a sunset at the Erie Basin Marina or at Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo’s outer harbor. Cruise over to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, where you can explore warships and a submarine from World War II anchored in the Buffalo harbor.
Grab a beer and take in the views at RiverWorks, the waterfront’s newest entertainment venue, or climb to the top of a grain elevator on Explore Buffalo’s Silo City: Vertical tour. Buffalo has more access to its waterfront than at any time in its history!
If you prefer to be on the water rather than beside it, make time to hop on board the Spirit of Buffalo, a 73 foot schooner that offers everything from wine tasting excursions to pirate cruises for children. Or hop aboard a Buffalo River History Tour to gain a greater understanding of Buffalo's rich heritage - and promising future.If you prefer to take your navigation into your own hands, BFLO Harbor Kayak can help with a kayak or paddleboard rental. Or pedal the day away on the Water Bikes of Buffalo.
Let your hair down as you take a ride through history on an Open-Air Autobus Tour of Buffalo. These fun, interactive tours cover everything from the Queen City’s towering industrial grain elevators to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. If you prefer a slower pace, walking tours are also availablefrom Buffalo Tours and Explore Buffalo; Forgotten Buffalo also takes you to some of the Queen City’s hidden gems! But what if your style is something in between a walking tour and a bus tour? You’re in luck—the Buffalo Touring Company offers Segway tours!
Indulge your artistic side this summer with the help of Buffalo’s numerous concerts and festivals. Enjoy exhibits from more than 400 artists at the 60th annual Allentown Art Festival on June 10 and 11, or head to the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts on August 26 and 27. Shakespeare in Delaware Parkfeaturesfree, live performances of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor" (June 22- July 16) and“Macbeth” (July 27-Aug. 20).Or stop and smell the roses at the largest free garden tour in the country – Garden Walk Buffalo – on July 30 & 31.
Is all this summer fun leaving you hungry? In addition to hundreds of restaurants serving up everything from gyros to steak in neighborhoods like the Elmwood Village, Allentown and along Hertel Avenue, Buffalo hosts food festivals you won’t want to miss. The Taste of Buffalo, held July 8 and 9, is the largest two-day food festival in the U.S. Bring your appetite to sample food from more than 50 restaurants. And if you’re crazy for wings, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, held Sept. 2&3at Coca-Cola Field is the place to be!
Speaking of Coca-Cola Field, why not catch a Buffalo Bisons’ baseball game while you’re at it? The Queen City has something for everyone this summer. For more information go to www.visitbuffalosniagara.com or call 1-800-BUFFALO.