Winter in Buffalo isn’t For Everyone. But You’re Not Everyone, Are You?


Buffalo is embracing winter like never before. The city has reinvented itself, reinvigorating its neighborhoods, redeveloping its waterfront and creating a host of new ways to enjoy its most renowned season.

Glide and pedal the day away on a Buffalo-made ice bike – the first of their kind rented in North America – or steer a bumper car and learn to curl at the Ice at Canalside, one of the largest outdoor rinks in the Northeast. Lace up your skates in the shadow of our waterfront grain silos at RiverWorks, enjoy signature new events like the Larkinville Ice Festival in our revitalized warehouse district, and end the day with a rooftop meal inside an Igloo at Tappo downtown. While most cities hunker down during the winter, Buffalo opens up and welcomes visitors with its signature warmth and friendliness.


When the temperatures drop and the flakes begin to fall, true Buffalonians get outside and make the most of it. Snowshoeing, skiing and tobogganing abound at spots like the Tifft  and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserves, Kissing Bridge Snow Sports and Chestnut Ridge County Park – all within 45 minutes of downtown Buffalo. Niagara Falls State Park becomes a winter wonderland as the mist from the mighty cataracts freezes on all the trees above – and if it’s especially cold, the falls themselves appear to freeze.  And after a day out in the cold, warm up  surrounded by the seasonal light display of Lumagination under the tri-domed glass conservatory of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.


Buffalo is the “Comfort Food Capital of America,” according to Arthur Bovino, author of the new book Buffalo Everything – and our renowned winters may be the reason why. From spaghetti parm at Chef’s – a layer of cheese broiled over a plate of pasta and served with a side of marinara sauce – to the Friday fish fry served at pubs across the area and the rich and frothy “Tom & Jerry” seasonal cocktail,  this city rallies around food and drink that will “stick by you” during the coldest of winter days.