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.
Waterfront Fun: Canalside to Marina
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.
Buffalo’s Waterfront: A User’s Guide
Where to go. What to do. How to have fun.
On the Water’s Edge
The best things to do on Buffalo’s waterfront
Explore Buffalo’s Grain Elevators & Silos
These are Buffalo’s pyramids. Explore.
Buffalo Waterfront Named One of America’s ‘Most Remarkable’
Accolades and acclaim for our reinvented waterfront
Seven Soul-Restoring Places to Kayak Around Buffalo
Finding peace of mind out on the water
Ways to Get on the Water
Let us count the ways…
Outdoor Adventure Awaits at Lakeside Bike Park
It’s more fun on two wheels
Buffalo Heritage Carousel
A historic carousel finds a new home at Canalside
Sailing Away on the Spirit of Buffalo
The perfect way to spend a summer evening
Beachy Keen: A Guide to 8 Beaches Around Buffalo
Feel the sand between your toes at Buffalo’s beaches
Fun Facts Learned on a Buffalo River History Tour
The stories of American’s industrial heartland
Explore the Buffalo River… on a Bike
You’ve never waterbiked?! Now’s your chance!
Take to the Skies on the Buffalo Riverworks Zipline
Let your spirit soar high above the Buffalo River