Updated September 2015
Summer’s over but that doesn’t you should go into hibernation. Grab your friends, your lover, your family, or even fly solo and take advantage of these perfect fall-time activities.
Check out Holiday Valley’s Sky High adventure. Haven’t heard of it? Picture an Aerial Park, a Climbing Forest, a Mountain Coaster, and all the adrenaline-rushes you can imagine. The Aerial Park is a series of platforms and “bridges” built in a 4 acre section of the woods, high within the trees with bridges that connect the platforms where you explore the treetops in the most adventurous of ways. The Climbing Forest is like a 3-D version of a climbing wall and the only one of its kind in the US #nobigdeal. The Mountain Coaster is like a roller coaster that’s built on a mountain (get it?). Hop in and ride your “car” attached to rails pulling you up the hill and through zig zagging, spiraling paths down the mountain. Need more convincing? Check out their 30 second video ad. Rather stay indoors? Try the Niagara Climbing Center for all the same great stuff just, you know, minus the whole being outside thing.
Need we say more? Drive a few miles in almost any direction and you’ll find some outstanding wineries that offer tastings, tours, bottles for purchase, and sometimes great food. Did you know there are well over 100 wineries within a two hour drive of WNY. You’re welcome.
North you’ll find the Niagara Wine Trail (USA- 17 wineries) – check out the Vino Visa Passport for some great deals; and Wine Country Ontario (over 60 wineries) which includes Wines of Niagara on the Lake. -check out the Tasting Pass.
East is the Finger Lakes Wine Country, home to three distinct wine trails with some 56 wineries, each offering exciting wine and food pairing events throughout the year.
South you’ll find the Lake Erie Wine Country with more than 23 wineries you can visit.
From cooking classes to wine tastings to cheese making to beer brewing, Western New York has got you covered. Nothing’s better than beefing up your brain -especially when it also benefits your taste buds- and this fall it’s all right at your finger tips. Do it and wow everyone you know for the rest of the season/forever.
Cooking – Delish, Wine Country Cooking, Tops, Wegman’s
Cheese – Nickel City Cheese, First Light Farm
Most people only take tours when they’re visiting some place new, and to that we say WHY? There’s no better place to get to know than the place where you live, and Buffalo and its surrounding areas offer lots of ways to rekindle the flame. Maybe you pass by Buffalo landmarks all the time and never knew their stories. Let Explore Buffalo tours teach you something new. Or maybe there’s some restaurants you’ve been wanting to try but never got the chance. Head out with Buffalo Bites Food Tours and sample 5 or 6 restaurants in a single go. Or if you’re feeling festive why not try a paranormal walk?Buffalo has a ton of great history and even more ways to experience it, so make an outing of it and experience it with someone who really knows their stuff.
Enjoy a Festival
If it seems like there’s more and more festivals happening every year…you’re right. You won’t believe how many festivals we have in WNY, even when it’s not summer. We’re talking festivals for beer, wine, fall, pumpkins, Oktober, art, and even porches. Find a full list of Festivals here.
Did you know the term great outdoors was coined by Theodore Roosevelt when he bagged four black bears near Franklinville N.Y. in 1902? Lol jk, but when it comes to camping, fishing, rafting, or hunting it’s no joke that WNY is second to none.
Fishing -The Niagara River and miles in either direction of the mouth in Lake Ontario is known as one of the top fishing hotspots in the Great Lakes for salmon, steelhead, lake trout, and brown trout. Lake Erie is teeming with walleye, small mouth, and large mouth bass, and steelhead fish are making their way up stream. Check out Niagara River Guides and Lake Erie Fishing info for more information.
Camping -We also have some great places to pitch a tent or rent a cabin! Try Letchworth and Allegany State Parks for a good time.
Rafting – Rafting is pretty great when the rivers swell during the fall, and Zoar Valley is our top pick for getting your raft on.
Catch a Show
OK maybe going to the theater isn’t a big adventure for many, but for some it is. Fall is one of the best seasons to catch a great live theater show in WNY, and with The Shaw Festival overlapping the Buffalo theater season there’s no better time to put “Theater Date” on your calendar. Check out our list of Theater Shows here.
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