Canalside has transformed Buffalo’s lake shore from a sea of parking lots to a destination where locals and tourists gather for concerts, festivals, craft beer and fun on the water (even when it’s ice).
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Buffalo’s legacy as a transportation and industrial powerhouse arose from our impressive waterfront at the confluence of Lake Erie, the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. No visit to the Queen City would be complete without a trip to our newly-reinvigorated dockside attractions.
Canalside is the jewel in our waterfront crown. The result of over $300 million in new development, Canalside hosts over 1,000 annual events. Every summer, outdoor yoga, children’s activities, maker markets, concerts and countless other events take place along the district’s Central Wharf.
Each winter, throngs of visitors flock to the Ice @ Canalside, a 35,000 square foot rink on the recreated Erie Canal that features, skating, curling, pond hockey and ice bikes. Across the street, HarborCenter attracts amateur and college hockey tournaments to its two NHL sized rinks. And sports and food fanatics flock to the two-story (716) Food & Sport that features over 70 televisions, including a 38-foot tall screen for the big games. Just across the Buffalo River, RiverWorks is a multi-faceted entertainment complex that features skating, curling, a brewery, restaurant and professional roller derby.
Our waterfront is also home to America’s largest inland Naval park, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. The Erie Basin Marina features an observation tower with breathtaking views of Buffalo and Canada. The historic 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse anchors the Outer Harbor and its miles of bike trails and lakefront parks. If you like fishing, plenty of charter boats are available to lead you to some of the very best bass, salmon and trout fishing in North America. Rent a kayak or waterbike and explore the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal or take a Buffalo River History Tour or hop aboard the Spirit of Buffalo or Buffalo Harbor Cruises to see it all!