Waterfront

A Hub for Family Fun

It was once the dark side of town where truckers went to refuel, grain scoopers grabbed a beer and street racers burned rubber on an empty stretch of highway. Fences kept the curious away from the water and industrial debris littered empty lots. Today, the fences have come down, those lots have become parks and a bike path links the inner and outer harbors. While the occasional lake freighter still makes its way to Buffalo’s harbor, the waterfront is now home to kayakers, paddle boarders, boaters, bikers and hikers – the site of a radical transformation from desolate to destination. Today, Buffalo’s waterfront is best experienced in four distinct locations: Canalside, which is located at the foot of Main Street in downtown; Erie Basin Marina, immediately adjacent to Canalside; the Buffalo River, which twists and turns from downtown through the Old First Ward and Valley neighborhoods; and the Outer Harbor, the massive parcel of greenspace, bike paths and marinas on the Lake Erie shore.​

Waterfront Attractions

BFLO Harbor Kayak

BFLO Harbor Kayak

1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202

716-288–5309

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Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 847-1773

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Buffalo CycleBoats

Buffalo CycleBoats

301 Ohio Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

(716) 392-1753

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Buffalo Harbor Cruises - Miss Buffalo

Buffalo Harbor Cruises – Miss Buffalo

79 Marine Drive
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 856-6696

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Buffalo Harbor State Park

Buffalo Harbor State Park

1111 Fuhrmann Blvd
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 822-1207

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Buffalo Heritage Carousel

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

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Buffalo Iron Works

Buffalo Iron Works

49 Illinois Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 200-1893

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Buffalo Lighthouse

Buffalo Lighthouse

1 Fuhrmann Boulevard
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 264-1707

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Buffalo Maritime Center at the Longshed

Buffalo Maritime Center at the Longshed

1 Marine Drive
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 881-0111

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Buffalo River Fest Park

Buffalo River Fest Park

249 Ohio Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 823-4707

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Buffalo River History Tours

Buffalo River History Tours

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 796-4556

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Buffalo RiverWorks

Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 342-2292

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