The Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF

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The Buffalo River & RiverWorks

Summer in Buffalo – is there anything better? If you’ve ever found yourself gushing to your out-of-town friends about how awesome Buffalo summers can be, only to be met by reluctant glares and shady side-eye, we know the feeling.

But for you, the local, the insider, the master of all things #InTheBUF, you know all the killer places and hidden gems to spend your time when things heat up and the sun is shining. Where’s the most chill beer garden? You know. Where can I snap the best pic in front of some popping public art? You know. Where’s the top spot to launch my kayak in Buffalo? You know.

Now, it’s time to let others know how you spend summertime in the Queen City. But you’re not just going to tell them. You’re going to SHOW them. And we’re going to make it VERY worth your while!

Throughout May, June and July, whenever you upload your most prized “summer in Buffalo” photos to Instagram and Twitter, use #InTheBUF and you’ll be entered to win what may be the biggest Buffalo prize – ever! So big that we’re calling it The Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF.

We’ve put together a grand prize worth more than $5,000! And trust us, it’s got everything you need for the ultimate Buffalo staycation. We’ve rounded up gifts from nearly 50 of Buffalo’s most iconic restaurants, shops and hangouts. Included are some HUGE prizes like $716 in gift cards to Walden Galleria stores, a Ted’s Hot Dogs “Golden Keychain” that provides lifetime discounts to the restaurant, a free walking tour for you and 9 of your closest friends from Explore Buffalo, free ice cream every day for two months from Churn Soft Serve, and even two cases of Chiavetta’s chicken marinade for your annual backyard BBQ.

But that’s not even close to all. Here’s what’s in store for the Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF winner:




Kicking off May 24th, each week, until July 25th, Visit Buffalo Niagara will select one amazing Buffalo photo submitted to #InTheBUF to be entered in the final drawing for the Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF. Don’t worry, to level the playing field, we’ll be looking for the best shots from amateur photographers.

Each weekly winner will be awarded prizes from places like Explore Buffalo, Graycliff, Ted’s, Paula’s Donuts, Anderson’s, and Watson’s Chocolates.

On July 25th, the top chosen photos (9 in total) will be put to a vote. That’s right! From then until August 1st, the fate of the winner of the Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF will be decided by your fellow Buffalonians and Buffalovers. The Ultimate Staycation #InTheBUF winner will be announced on August, 2nd.

Your summer could go from awesome to ULTIMATE so get out there, soak up summer and tag your best photos with #InTheBUF.