Things to do in Buffalo

Outdoor Recreation

Hiking, skiing, water sports and more: Western New York’s outdoor scene offers you an array of opportunities to be active year-round.

Buffalo Women's Crew team rowing

Mild Weather Pleasures

Spring, summer and fall offer mild weather perfect for outdoor pursuits:

  • Boating and fishing. Located on Lake Erie at the beginning of the Niagara River, Buffalo is a mecca for anglers and boaters.
  • Canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
  • Golfing. Tee up at top-rated courses, here and just across the border.
  • Walking, running, hiking and biking. Get fit and enjoy the scenery in historic city parks, on multipurpose suburban paths and at the dazzling Niagara Gorge. Many state and provincial parks are within a short drive.
  • Camping. Pitch your tent at any number of private, public or state-run campsites.

Winter Sports and Recreation

A snowboarder catching some air.

Get out and enjoy:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding. Discover some of the Northeast’s best slopes, including Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley. UB’s Schussmeisters club offers discounted skiing at area resorts.
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A vast system of parks offers many opportunities, including Sprague Brook Country Park, with miles of woods and set trails.
  • Tubing. Experience fast-paced fun at several dedicated tubing runs.
  • Sledding and tobogganing. Great sledding is everywhere, including Chestnut Ridge, one of the only U.S. parks with toboggan chutes.
  • Snowmobiling. You'll find a number of well-maintained trails around the region.