Buffalo Waterfront

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 three distinct locations: Canalside, which is located at the foot of Main Street in downtown; 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




(716) Food and Sport

7 Scott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 855-4716


BFLO Harbor Kayak

1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 228-9153


Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-1773


Buffalo CycleBoats

301 Ohio Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
(716) 392-1753


Buffalo Harbor Cruises - Miss Buffalo

79 Marine Drive
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 856-6696


Buffalo Harbor State Park

1111 Fuhrmann Blvd
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 822-1207


Buffalo Iron Works

49 Illinois Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 200-1893


Buffalo Lighthouse

1 Fuhrmann Boulevard
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 264-1707


Buffalo River Fest Park

249 Ohio Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 823-4707


Buffalo River History Tours

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 796-4556


Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 342-2292


Canalside Buffalo

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 436-7100

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