Free Fun at Canalside

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Canalside has now hosted millions of visitors but it is possible that a lot of people still haven’t experienced a fraction of what is offered there.

So I’m simply here to make you aware (or just politely remind you) of all you can see and do down there…for absolutely zero dollars.

In the neighborhood, or dropping by? The best thing to do is check the posted calendar at the entrance to the “canal” side of Canalside (the north side of Hanover Street, away from the Buffalo River).  This will give you a rundown of every formal activity that is being offered for the week and the time slot.

Just past the schedule stand is the information tent and “Game Cart.” Here you can talk to someone to get info or rent (for free) a whole host of outdoor games, like frisbee, ladder toss, hula hoops, and many more. There’s also foosball, pool & ping pong tables, giant checkers, chess, jenga & connect four – all outside!

IMG_5662There’s more. Canalside is all about health & wellness, so depending on the day there’s sure to be a free exercise class you can join in, like Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Barre Fitness, etc.  And there’s also a lot of kid-friendly activities – both exercise and learning related.  Places like the Explore & More Children’s Museum, The Buffalo History Museum, and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library all offer special programming too.

Planning a trip down? Check out for their full schedule of events and activities. Pick a Thursday night concert you’d like to see, or sort out the perfect day and time to take that Yoga class. The website will also help you with directions and parking, current weather conditions, and also give you info on some of the wicked cool activities that are well worth a few bucks (kayaks, water bikes, paddle boats, blue bikes and more.).

If all of this seems like too much work, that’s fine. Just grab one of the hundred or so Adirondack chairs scattered around the grounds and just post up and lay low. Soaking in the sun and sights might be all you need! And if your stay extends into the twilight, be sure to look across the river to see the free awe-inspiring illumination of the historic grain elevator!