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Elevator Alley

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Sure, there are many ways to get your kicks on the water in Buffalo. But there’s no experience in the world like paddling through Elevator Alley. One of largest collections of grain elevators in the world, you’ll have a difficult time keeping your eyes on the water as you traverse the Buffalo River, under bridges, and into this otherworldly setting. Just make sure to keep your phone dry while taking all those pictures!

Like a man-made canyon, the walls of the grain silos stretch over thirty meters skyward and hug the shoreline so close that you’ll think you could reach out and touch them. Water-based tour companies like Elevator Alley Kayak and Buffalo River History Tours are a virtual time machine, taking you back to Buffalo’s industrial heyday, when freighters and ships would pass through this narrow waterway and continue out to sea.

Once you’ve had your fill out on the water, you can get your fill of food and drink only a stone’s throw from the river. Places like Swannie House, Ballyhoo, Gene McCarthy’s and the Barrel Factory offer excellent pub-style eats, craft-made brews and spirits and a welcoming atmosphere, much like how it was in the old days.