5 Group Activities to Put On Your Winter Bucket List

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Written by Courtney Kelly

Published on November 30, 2022
Photo courtesy of Tappo

There are so many noteworthy things to do this Winter. From indoor activities that will keep your warm, to outdoor adventures that will keep you moving and enjoying the Buffalo winter, we guarantee that you won’t be bored during these wintery months. So grab your best pals or your family and start checking off this winter bucket list!


Hatchets & Hops
Photo x Hatchets & Hops

1. Embrace your inner lumberjacks at Hatchets and Hops

  • 505 Main Street Buffalo New York 14203 / More Info
  • 68 Tonawanda St Buffalo New York 14207 / More Info

Do you enjoy throwing axes, drinking beer, and a little friendly competition? (I mean, who doesn’t?) At Hatchets and Hops, your group is paired with extensively-trained instructors, that guide your group through structured tournaments that last approximately 2 hours. Not only is Hatchets and Hops Buffalo’s first axe throwing club, but it is also equipped with a craft beer bar that also serves food, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. It really doesn’t get much better than this! 

2. Cozy up in an igloo

Ok, serious question, with how cold Buffalo gets in the winter, are we actually surprised to see igloos everywhere? I’m sure that you’ve seen the domes all over social media, or even just passing one of the many spots that offers this style dining now. These mix of dining experiences are sure to give you all the winter feels (aka dress warm). Depending on where you go, the igloos can seat different group sizes and offer different dining packages. Make sure to call or book ahead!

Check out our Igloo Dining Guide >


Photo courtesy of Smash Brothers

3. Break some stuff at Smash Brothers

1204 Niagara St, Niagara Falls 14303 | More Info

Do the holidays stress you out? Try spending the afternoon at Smash Brothers NY Rage Room. Their rooms are stocked with a variety of breakable things including glassware, metal drums, and electronics. The best part of it all, they provide the speaker for you to jam out to your favorite songs, and they clean up for you too! Depending on the amount of rage you have in your life right now, there are different packages to choose from, including group parties.

4. Hit the hills and go sledding

Sledding is the perfect go-to winter activity. Being from Buffalo, you probably have plenty of snow gear you can break out, so grab a sled and check out one of our favorite hills like Chestnut Ridge or Gunther’s Hill in the Southtowns and Como lake Park or Ellicott Creek Park in the Northtowns.

Check out our Sledding Hills Guide >


Photo courtesy of Sheraton Niagara Falls

5. Plan a staycation

Let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a little getaway. I know it’s not always the easiest trying to plan for one during the winter months, but lucky for you, there are plenty of places to stay around WNY. Check out these places for a relaxing and affordable getaway.

Check out our Guide to Winter Staycations in WNY >

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This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.

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