Buffalo’s waterfront is continuing to grow and thrive, and we absolutely love it. Many of the developments are more recent. However, a certain classic 73-foot topsail schooner has been setting sail for a decade now.
Climbing aboard The Spirit of Buffalo – that gorg sailboat you probably recognize from all the pics, you’ll be transported back in time. If you have never experienced traditional sailing, this is most definitely the way to start. Did you know that this summer marks Spirit of Buffalo’s 10th Anniversary? They’ve been at Canalside ever since it opened 10 years ago. Recently Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed the Spirit of Buffalo the Flagship of the City of Buffalo and July 2 has been proclaimed Spirit of Buffalo Day. Congrats guys!
How does it work? This beautiful schooner sets sail day and night. From children’s pirate adventures and educational excursions to 21+ only boozy cruises, there are options for sailors of all ages.
Here are a few of your options to get on the Spirit of Buffalo:Photo courtesy of Spirit of Buffalo
Craft Brew Cruise
Craft beer lovers, you are in for a hoppy ride. You’ll meet the brewer and try local brews all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the waterfront. This two-hour cruise happens on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., and $42 secures you a spot aboard. Light snacks are included.
Wine in The Wind
If sipping wine on the water makes your heart happy, this is the Wine Wednesday you need in your life. During this two-hour sail, you’ll sample a variety of wines from the Niagara region and snack on cheese and crackers. Tours are (obvi) Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., and $42 per guest.
This one is for the kiddos. If your little boy or girl loves treasure hunting and pirates, make this your family fun day activity or birthday party theme. The crew is dressed in full costume and ready to entertain. This waterfront adventure will be one to remember. These tours happen on Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. P.S. This is a package deal aka adults and children need to climb aboard together.
The Spirit of Buffalo has been an icon on Buffalo’s waterfront for 10 years for a reason. Moral of the story? Get on this sailboat as soon as humanly possible.
FYI- there are even more super cool public and private sailing options. For full deats, visit the Spirit of Buffalo’s website.
Spirit of Buffalo