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This summer, over 800 events and activities will encompass a wide range of programming including regularly scheduled family programs featuring Explore & More…a children’s museum, Buffalo Museum of Science/Tifft Nature Preserve, Young Audiences of WNY, as well as 2 appearances of the Pop Up Park Playground. In addition, Story of Buffalo performances, Music at the Ruins, Shakespeare at Canalside, Saturday Artisan Market and the UB Archaeological Dig highlight the myriad of cultures in our region.

The continuous activity blossoms each day with hands-on activities for children, live music and theatrical performances to make Canalside a must see destination. Also, be sure to check the calendar for such great events such as the Buffalo Irish Festival, Annual Pride Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and The Ride for Roswell or simply “rock out” this summer along the waterfront at the 15th Annual “Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor” and “Thursday at Canalside” Concert Series.

Walking, biking, boating and kayaking tours are also available to explore the area with the help of an experienced guide. Learn about Buffalo’s roots and experience a self-guided walking tour of the recently restored Erie Canal area! During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the harbor functioned as the bustling “western terminus” of the Erie Canal. Visitors can experience many original elements including the refurbished “Commercial Slip,” “Central Wharf,” “Whipple Truss” foot bridge, cobblestone “Commercial Street,” and the excavated foundations of several canal era buildings.

There are also two eateries at Canalside, Clinton’s Dish, serves casual fare while offering a great view of the Erie Canal Terminus, and The Liberty Hound at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, which affords a casual-contemporary atmosphere and features seafood and a bar. Site accessible year-round, 24/7.

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5.0 03/03/2015 | By 512brittanyw
Beautiful and Historic

I was there when they were setting up for an outdoor concert, as well as going through construction for an outdoor ice rink. I believe they've completed most of that part of the construction, so I...

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4.0 03/03/2015 | By DeanaM_11
Fun Place

We were there in the fall. We did a lot of walking and then we stopped a lot to look at the boats going by. The weather was perfect and there were plenty of places to get food or drink. There were...

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4.0 03/01/2015 | By N3WT
Winter fun

We visited Canalside and did ice biking. It was nice to see all the locals out and having fun even in the winter. There was also curling, skating, and a few booths. It's in the first year of...

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4.0 02/20/2015 | By sugar725
Best of Buffalo

Canalside has lots of activities all year round. The lakeside restaurants, concerts, ships, and gardens are a great way to spend a day. Ice skating in the winter on a rink twice the size as New...

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5.0 02/19/2015 | By melaniek161
Something for everyone

There are free events almost every day in the warm weather. Music, indie marketplaces, plays - or just sit in the comfortable, colorful adirondack chairs and enjoy being by the water.

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