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Family Fun


Family fun comes in many fascinating forms and surprising spots in Buffalo Niagara. Whether it’s watching river otters romp in their way cool pool at the Buffalo Zoo, getting soaked yourself on a summertime excursion on a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour or exploring the amazing collection of exotic plants at the Botanical Gardens, fun is easily found for you and your family.

The Buffalo Museum of Science is the place to be for families to take a journey through  the world of natural and physical sciences. Its extensive collections of over 700,000 specimens and artifacts represent all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York as well as man-made objects spanning the globe.

The Buffalo Zoo has seen some exciting additions to its lions and tigers and bears in recent years, including M&T Bank Rainforest Falls, an enclosed, year-round exhibit that brings visitors up close to vampire bats, anacondas, anteaters, piranhas and much more. A mid-19th century farm was added to the grounds of the Zoo as well. This homestead will feature a petting area with heritage breeds of domestic animals and include a replica of an Erie Canal lock and canalway.

At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park visitors are invited to tour the decks and hulls of a guided missile cruiser, destroyer and WWII submarine. It’s a hands-on experience like no other!

Spark your kids’ creativity, curiosity and imagination at Western New York’s only museum designed just for kids, Explore & More Children’s Museum, or take them to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum  where they can ride an old-fashioned carrousel in the world's only carrousel museum.

For an exhilarating ride into the Niagara River gorge try a Whirlpool Jet Boat tour. It’s a 45-minute ride on the wild side for the whole family from May through October.

Dive into an ocean of discovery at Niagara's other water wonder, the Aquarium of Niagara, where over 40 aquatic exhibits include California sea lion demonstrations, harbor seals, and a colony of Peruvian penguins.

If water sports are your thing, take your family for a cruise around Canalside with a rental from Buffalo Harbor Kayaks. If you're looking to learn how to sail yourself, be sure to check out Sail Buffalo Sailing School. Glide past the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse, the historic grain elevators and the General Mills plant where most of the world's Cheerios are produced. That delicious aroma is the smell of the "O" shaped cereal being made.

Family fun? We’ve got it!

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Adventure Landing

This is the place for family fun! Open year-round, there is something for everyone at Adventure Landing. Test your putting prowess on our miniature golf courses, improve your gaming skills in our…more

Adventure Speedway

Let the Adventure begin! This seasonal park is a great place for families. Featuring a quarter-mile, twisting go-kart track that tests your driving skills, over 40 interactive arcade games and bumper…more

African American Cultural Center, Inc.

Since 1958, the core mission of the Center is to promote, sponsor and develop programs and services that exhibit an appreciation of and allegiance to African American heritage. From the…more

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

An outstanding center of modern and contemporary art, the Albright-Knox collection belongs among the world's top international surveys of 20th century painting and sculpture. Exhibitions and…more

Aquarium of Niagara

The Aquarium of Niagara is a non-profit institution, dedicated to education and conservation. The Aquarium strives to create a family-friendly atmosphere, where people of all ages can engage the…more

Arcade and Attica Railroad

Scenic, historic train excursions. Home of the last operating steam train in New York State. Many special events. Private charters available. Open Memorial Day Weekend through December. Please visit…more

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

A 324-acre nature preserve with over 8 miles of trails exploring various habitats. The Visitor Center houses live animals, displays, discovery room, and a nature gift shop. Indoor and outdoor programs…more

BFLO Harbor Kayak

BFLO Harbor Kayak is located at Canalside on the wharf. Kayaks (single and tandem) or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are available for rental. They also offer kayak tours down the Buffalo River - some…more

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

The Library's outstanding Collections are showcased in exhibits throughout the year. A wide variety of free programs supporting exhibit themes, authors, literacy, and hands-on activities are offered…more

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

This Buffalo waterfront attraction is the largest inland park of its kind in the nation. All branches of the Armed Forces are represented in the park's exhibits. Tour the decks and hulls of a guided…more

Buffalo Bandits Lacrosse - NLL

The Buffalo Bandits are an indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). They play at the First Niagara Center, along with the Buffalo Sabres. The Bandits have won four NLL championships…more

Buffalo Bisons Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, play at the finest ballpark in the minor leagues - Coca-Cola Field.

Buffalo City Hall Observation Deck

  • 65 Niagara Square
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 852-3300
  • Visit Website

To see "Windows on Buffalo", take an elevator to the 25th floor and walk up 3 flights for a spectacular view of the Queen City! Dedicated in 1932, City Hall is an Art Deco masterpiece with outstanding…more

Buffalo Harbor Cruises - Miss Buffalo

Take a narrated sightseeing cruise and travel through three bodies of water, passing through the historic Black Rock Lock and Canal. Party cruises and private charters also available. Public cruises:…more

Buffalo Museum of Science

The Buffalo Museum of Science offers educational and exciting experiences the whole family can enjoy. From special traveling exhibits to a National Geographic 3D Cinema, collections of over 700,000…more

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Experience 19th Century life on the Niagara Frontier. Tour historic homes, gardens, churches, one-room schoolhouses and visit a working blacksmith shop. Learn about local history through exhibits on…more

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper River Tours

  • 1250 Niagara Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Phone: (716) 852-7483
  • Visit Website

Every weekend throughout the summer Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper leads you back to nature with an EcoTour. A variety of hiking, biking, paddling, and boat tours are offered, throughout Erie and Niagara…more

Buffalo River Canoe and Kayak Outfitters

  • 900 Harlem Road
  • West Seneca, NY 14224
  • Phone: (716) 771-2995
  • Visit Website

Take a paddle through history. Explore the miles of waters that made Buffalo famous, while touring the Buffalo River and experiencing a unique waterfront view of the numerous Grain Elevators and…more

Buffalo River History Tours

  • One Naval Park Cove
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 796 - 4556
  • Visit Website

Take a cruise through history and join us for a 90-minute narrated Buffalo River History Tour! Hear the story of the Erie Canal, Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world and experience…more

Buffalo Theatre District

Buffalo's Theater District is a vibrant collection of live theaters, movie theater, restaurants, retail shops, art galleries and home to the official Buffalo Visitor Center. This is a 24/7 active…more

Buffalo Touring Company

  • 25 Nottingham Court
  • Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Phone: (716) 259-4887
  • Visit Website

Come experience BUFFALO like never before! Ride a SEGWAY on a guided tour of North Buffalo. What's a Segway you ask? It's a cool Personal Transporter that balances you 100 times per second. Glide…more

Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum

Featuring automobiles made in Western New York including Pierce-Arrow and Thomas Flyer. Cars from 1903 to 1960s, muscle cars, etc. The museum offers a unique venue for parties, business meetings and…more

Buffalo Zoo

It's the only place in town to observe a wide variety of exotic and domestic animals year-round in naturalistic habitats, including the Zoo's M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit, which is especially…more


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…more

Cataract Tours & Sightseeing

Cataract Tours are designed to be fun for all ages. Our tours run 7 days a week, year round. Certain attractions are only available during the warmer months, so alternate activities are scheduled for…more


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