How To Spend A Summer Weekend In Buffalo, New York

 

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I may be a little behind on blog posts, but that isn’t stopping me from sharing about our summer weekend in Buffalo. Dave’s family is from Buffalo, New York, which means we get to visit a few times a year. Most of our time is spent hanging out with family that we don’t get to see often, but every now and then we are able to explore a little. The first time I visited we headed to Niagara Falls, but we decided to stay in America this time and enjoyed some local traditions.

The Erie County Fair is something Dave has managed to bring up several times since we started dating. Most of the time it is to mention how laughable the State fair in our area is because of the size comparison. I finally see what he means when he talks about the Erie fair and how large it is. It seemed as if the exhibit halls, fried food and rides went on forever. They even had camels?!

It was really nice to enjoy something that Dave remembers from when he was younger and spend the morning/afternoon with family. We explored the craft stands, contemplated buying a hot tub, toured tiny houses (YES!), tested out a weird exercise machine and had food that could likely cause a heart attack. It was a great way to spend a summer morning in the Buffalo Area, sangria slushies and all.

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We also had the chance to see some of Downtown Buffalo. There is a newly built area called Canal Side which was learned had hosted a free T. Pain concert the night before with over 50,000 people. I couldn’t believe how clean it was after hearing about that! This area was really cool and made me think that every city should have something similar to draw people in that want to escape city living for a little while.

Canal side consists of a boardwalk of sorts along the canal, a few shops (with plenty more coming soon), a Navy museum, and activities. During the summer they have a giant sandbox with a wooden boat for children to play in, bumper boats that you can rent, and a few other activities for littles. They have adirondack chairs throughout the area which tempts you to grab an ice cream and people watch. There is even a beer garden and cafe right along the water.

New shops, restaurants and things to do are being planned for the next year or so. Currently, Canal Side has been transformed into a haunted house until the end of October.

Don’t forget to get buffalo wings and pizza while you are there!

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  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I went to Buffalo once and all we did as we were passing through was stop to get wings (pre-vegan days!) They were amazing but we were there in November and it was actually snowing. I think a summer vacation to Buffalo is in my future!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      The Buffalo weather has been crazy lately, like it has everywhere else I guess. We were there last year the weekend before Christmas and it was so warm during the day, like so warm I didn’t need a coat, and then snowed the next day. BUT I highly suggest Buffalo in the summer if you can make it, and then head to Canada!

  • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

    You two are seriously one of the cutest couples! I always love seeing your pictures together! It looks like y’all had a great time!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      THANK YOU!! That is seriously so sweet of you!! I’m so thankful for Dave and everything he puts up with 😉

  • http://www.always-al.com/ Alexandra Yargeau

    Aw yay! That is right near where I grew up! My parents still live in Rochester!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is such a coincidence! Dave’s family has a lot of friends from the Rochester area!

  • Jen

    What a great trip!!! I have family that lives near there and it seems like such a great place.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Really? That is so cool! I honestly never thought about going to Buffalo until I went with Dave’s family and it’s a fun place!

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I’m definitely adding the fair to my NY bucket list! Sounds awesome :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I think you will really like it! I couldn’t believe how huge it was.

  • https://sarahelizabethnorthington.wordpress.com/ sNe

    I loved this! We’re moving around Buffalo in May, so this gave me some fun things to look forward to checking out next summer!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is so fun!! May will be the perfect time to move to the area.

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Awww I am dreaming of summer all over again!! These photos are fantastic, and I would loooove to try Buffalo wings in Buffalo 😉

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I slowly feel like I am becoming a wing snob because the ones in Buffalo are so good!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    We have friends that have family that lives in Buffalo and they always talk about how much fun the city is! I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make it out there next year because I’ve been dying to visit Niagara Falls! This will give me some ideas for Buffalo too :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I really had no idea that Buffalo had fun things to do until I started visiting with Dave. It seems like a “Steel City” in many ways, but there are a lot of things to do! And Niagara is so close, you will really like it! Maybe we can head to the area at the same time!

  • Megan

    I have a few co-workers that are from Buffalo but have never been myself. It sounds so cool and I’d love to see their waterfront to find out ways we can enhance ours. So glad you were able to get out of the house and explore! xo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s so funny you said that because I just told Dave that it seems like everyone knows somebody from Buffalo and I honestly didn’t think twice about the city until I met Dave. To me New York was the city and that was about it. The waterfront was awesome though, you would like it!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    I’m totally behind too! Just finishing up talking about summer trips too, which is good because my fall trips are building up lol. It’s totally fine. Love that cute photo op of you guys rowing btw

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I’m slowly getting around to more recaps, but it’s taken over a year at this point haha. Thank you!!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Ok…next time we are meeting there or you gotta come see Erie. I haven’t spent a ton of time in Buffalo, but it’s a nice drive from here to there :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      YES!! I want to see Erie and more of Pittsburgh next year before my sister-in-law moves back to Maryland. We must make this happen!

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