The Great Outdoors

Outdoor Adventures in Buffalo

“What separates Buffalo from other outdoor recreation destinations is the variety of activities available right at our doorstep. Within about 20 miles from where we live, we do everything from kite surfing, windsurfing and paddleboarding, to kayaking, sailing, fishing, whitewater, hiking, and rock climbing. We even surf on the lake. That’s right, you don’t have to live on the ocean to surf. I think the coastline of Lake Erie and its connecting waterways are absolutely special. You can paddle beneath sea cliffs and watch families of bald eagles fishing. In one day, you can have a beautiful flat-water paddle in the morning and then the wind can pick up in the afternoon and you can kite surf and then the wind may die down and you get an incredible Lake Erie sunset over the water. There’s just so much to do and so much to explore. It’s one of the great undiscovered outdoor recreation destinations.”

Kevin Cullen

Kevin Cullen resides on the shores of Lake Erie with his wife Christian and two children, Ocean and Lake. They can be found out on the water kiteboarding, paddling, and surfing or out in the hills hiking, biking, and boarding. The pair also own and operate SUP Erie Adventures and Hideaway Bay Resort on Lake Erie.

In Buffalo, outdoor adventures are never far away. Take a short ride out of the urban center of the city to explore on land, by water, and on foot.


No matter what the season, Buffalo offers an escape to enjoy fresh air. Toggle between the seasons below to explore the unexpected side of Buffalo.

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Bird Watching

Nature has endowed the Buffalo Niagara region with abundance.

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Rumsey Woods

An unmistakable aura conjured on the drawing board of Frederick Law Olmsted, the legendary landscape architect who envisioned the trails, clearings and gathering spots of the place we know as Rumsey Woods.

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Farmers Markets

Every May through October, farmers markets pop up all over some of our favorite neighborhoods.

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Blueberry Treehouse

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Beaver Island State Park. Photo by Lee Ruk


Hit the beach, soak in the sun and feel the sand between your toes on your next visit to Buffalo this summer.

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The Flower Stand

The late spring fields are planted with rows of emergent flower seedlings – about a month and a half away from summer’s full blooms.

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Lakeside Bike Park

In recent years, Buffalo has become a city transformed for cycling in all forms; urban, road, or trail.

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Apple Picking

For some of us that time of year when you are pulling out the flannel shirts and switching your daily coffee from iced to hot is the BEST time of year.

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Fall Foliage

This time of year, Western New York is abundant with trees practically dripping yellow, orange and red.

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Pumpkin Patches

The fall harvest is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than taking a trip out to Clarence for their annual Fall Festival.

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Hunter’s Creek

In Buffalo, we like to say that you can get anywhere in 20 minutes. And it’s true. There’s not too much around here that’s more than a quick trip away.

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Steelhead Fishing

The region surrounding Buffalo boasts some of the best steelhead trout fishing opportunities in America, if not the world.

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Chestnut Ridge Tobogganing

When the snow falls and the temperatures drop in Western New York, the winter fun begins. If you’re looking for snowy fun with the whole family.

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Best Sledding Hills

Ask any Buffalo kid to name something about winter that makes them happy, and they’ll respond with, “Fresh snow and a sled!”

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Kissing Bridge

Nestled in a range of wooded hills southeast of Buffalo, Kissing Bridge is a scant thirty-minute drive from downtown in quaintly-named Glenwood.

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Skating Rinks

Buffalo is an all-encompassing destination when it comes to winter fun.

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Consider the following a lake effect snowshoe advisory and an opportunity for a seasonal affective re-order.

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Niagara Falls in Winter

Well, the holidays may come and go, but around here, Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is still very much in style all winter long.

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Biking along the Buffalo Outer Harbor

The Buffalo Guide to Being Outside

Find out why Buffalo is an outdoor adventure mecca


Explore Outdoor Things to Do

1st Choice Fishing Charters

444 Harper Drive
Lewiston, NY 14092

(716) 940-2845

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Akron Falls Park

44 Parkview Dr.
Akron, NY 14001

(716) 858-8355

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Ales and Axes

359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 342-2292

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AMF Lancaster Lanes

4913 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043

(716) 668-1000

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Angler’s Edge Outdoors

Ransomville, NY 14131

(716) 791-1085

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Angler’s Obsession Charters

6971 Sandpiper Court
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

(716) 696-0280

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Arrowhead Golf Club and Timberland Lodge

12292 Clarence Center Road
Akron, NY 14001

(716) 542-4653

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Audubon Golf Course

500 Maple Road
Amherst, NY 14221

(716) 631-7139

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10995 Main Street
Clarence, NY 14031

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Balloons Over Letchworth

6773 Halvorsen Road
Portageville, NY 14536

(585) 243-3178

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Batavia Muckdogs

Dwyer Stadium
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 343-5454

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Beaver Island State Park

2136 West Oakfield Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

(716) 773-3271

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