Adventurous Date Ideas in Western New York

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Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on May 12, 2017

Updated June 2019

Calling all adventurous lovebirds out there! You know who you are, always looking for a way to step out of your comfort zones together.  Adorable! Since most people have a full-time job and can’t always be traveling to find adventure, it’s important to find ways to be cute and adventurous right in your own backyard. It’s true, nothing truly brings a couple closer together than sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience together.
Whether you’re using these killer ideas to impress on a first date or spice up your long-term relationship, here are 10 adventurous dates, because dinner and a movie is so last season.



Freeee Fallin with Frontier Skydivers

3316 Beebe Rd in Newfane / (716) 751-6170
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
Price: For a tandem jumper it’s $250 each.  To add tandem photos it’s $100 tax included, and the photos plus the video is $200 tax included. 
$199 Tandem – $50  Pictures / Video

**Only valid for a skydive scheduled between 5/5/2019 – 6/30/2019
**Must be paid in full at the time of booking

Take the leap of faith!  Nope, I’m not talking about marriage. Out of a plane! At about 120-130 mph to be exact. The feeling you get when you’re freefalling from 14,000 feet with Tom Petty singing in your head is as insane as it sounds. And having your significant other there to cheer you on makes the experience that much better! Frontier Skydivers’ season runs from the first weekend of May and continues until the last weekend in October, so start building your courage now! Make sure you call to schedule your jump ahead of time.

Whirlpool Jet Boats

Whirlpool Jet Boats

A Different Kind of Jet Set with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

115 S Water St in Lewiston / (888) 438-4444
Price: An adult ticket is $67 and children 12 and under are $45.  AAA members generally get a small discount and we’ve seen even larger discounts on sites like Groupon or on the Jet Boat Website around the holidays.
Lewiston is a laid-back village with great shops and restaurants, which is perfect if you’re looking to make a day of this adventure.
Make sure you sign up ahead of time and arrive 45 minutes prior to your departure time.  They go over some safety tips before piling into the boat.  If you’re feeling brave, try to get a front row seat! Fair warning, this ride is intense. The front row ends up under at several points during the excursion and ends up getting the brunt of the class 5 rapids smacking down on the boat. But hey, all the more reason to hang onto each other, right?
There are complimentary lockers for your belongings and make sure you bring a change of clothes because you’ll be drenched afterward. 

Photo courtesy of FLYBUFFALONY

Get a Birdseye View of Buffalo with FLYBUFFALONY

Buffalo Lancaster Regional Airport, KBQR, 4343 Walden Ave, Lancaster, NY,14086 / (716) 574-5581
Hours: Reservations can be scheduled any day of the week
Price: $210 per person (Get 40% off the regular price – mention SOB when you call or use “promo40” while booking online!)
Get a stunning view of our beloved Buffalo while soaring through the sky together. You’ll be departing from the Buffalo Lancaster Airport to tour the Buffalo area and begin your journey over Canalside, Downtown Buffalo, and more. Make sure you have your camera ready while viewing your city like never before!



Photo x Sky High Adventure Park

Photo x Sky High Adventure Park

Zip Lining at Sky High Adventure Park

6773 Holiday Valley Rd in Ellicottville  /  (716) 699-4444
Hours: May 5th-June 11th on Friday-Sunday from 9am-6pm, May 29th (Memorial Day) from 9am-6pm, June 16th-September 4th daily from 9am-6pm, September 8th-October 15th on Friday-Sunday from 9am-6pm, and October 21st-Oct 29th on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-dusk.
Price: The aerial park is $56, the aerial park plus one mountain coaster ride is $62, the aerial park plus unlimited mountain coaster rides is $70 and late afternoon climbs from 3:30pm-6pm are $44.
Help each other through ropes courses at Holiday Valley. With 13 courses available ranging in difficulty levels (the higher up the course, the harder it is) there are plenty of options to choose from.  Each course includes at least one zip line, with the exception of the “Commando” rope course, and some even have multiple zip lines.  Everyone is given a harness with a guard strap that keeps you from falling if you slip or accidentally let’s go.  There’s a weight limit of 250lbs and please make sure you dress appropriately (like you’re going to workout).  If you have long hair make sure that it’s tied back and enjoy zipping around the woods together!

Get Up Close and Personal with a World Wonder at Cave of the Winds

333 Prospect St in Niagara Falls  /  (716) 278-1796
Hours: Open daily from 9am-7:30 pm
Price: $19 for adults, $16 for children six to 12, and free for children 6 and under at all attractions in Niagara Falls State Park. Parking is available on Goat Island for $10/car.
You can get closer the falls than you ever have been by signing up for a Cave of the Winds adventure.  Upon arrival, you both will take an elevator 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge with nothing but a poncho and each other to shield you from Niagara Falls. You’ll follow a tour through wooden walkways where you’ll be just 20 feet from the fall that times.  This is truly a view like you’ve never seen it before and a great activity for you both to experience together.

Soar Through the Air on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Aurora Balloon Company, 6893 Olean Rd in South Wales  /  (716) 685-7908
Price: Champagne Balloon Flights are $220 per person ($100 Deposit to hold your date).
You can make this outing a group date with 2 other adventure seeking couples and claim the entire basket build for 6!  Take flight in a giant balloon and see the city like never before. You’ll get a unique view of the scenery in the East Aurora / South Wales area with views of the lake and the city in the distance. Gift certificates are available to surprise your sweetie for a special occasion! When you’re ready, you can call to book your flight and they’ll add you to the flight calendar.  



Go Underground on a Lockport Cave Tour and Boat Ride

5 Gooding St in Lockport  /  (716) 438-0174
Hours: Monday-Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Price: $16 plus tax for adults, $10.25 plus tax for children (6-13), and $3.25 plus tax for children 5 and under.
The Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Rides offer visitors a unique experience through a 70-minute tour.  The tour will explain the history of America in regards to the Buffalo and Niagara area.  You’ll go back in history together while taking in the view the Erie Canal locks, ruins from the industrial revolution, and so much more.  Relax and enjoy the boat ride through the Lockport caves.

Hunt Ghosts at Rolling Hills Asylum

11001 Bethany Center Rd in East Bethany / (585) 502-4066
Pricing: A self-guided walking tour for one hour is $10 dollars per person plus tax. A historical tour for 2 hours is $20 dollars per person plus tax. A flashlight guided tour for 2 hours is $25 per person plus tax.  A psych hold 3-hour guided tour followed by a self-guided ghost hunt is $30 per person plus tax. A 4-hour detainment guided tour followed by a self-guided ghost hunt is $40 per person plus tax. A 5 hour ICU guided tour followed by a ghost hunt is $50 per person plus tax. An eight-hour captive guided tour followed by a self-guided ghost hunt is $65 per person plus tax.  There are also private ghost hunt group rates available if you have a larger party. Please prepay ahead of time.
Nothing says I love you like hunting for ghosts together in an abandoned insane asylum with a rich, creepy “poorhouse” history.  So romantic! If you’re feeling brave, you can search to discover if there are spirits of the inmates (as they were referred to back when the Asylum was open) that still reside in the halls of the asylum to this day. I’ve heard that this ghost hunt is not for the weak.  Good luck and be careful…you might find something. Or someone…

Explore Buffalo, Kayak Tour, Step Out Buffalo

Explore Buffalo Elevator Alley Kayak Tour / Photo by Explore Buffalo

Explore the River with BFLO Harbor Kayak Tours at Canalside

2 Main Street (Canalside) in Buffalo / (716) 288-5309
Hours: 9am – 8pm everyday
Price: $25/hour to rent Kayaks and SUPs, Tours are $35 on Saturday & Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30
Hitting a kayak or SUP board is an approachable adventure that we are so here for. You can rent your own or take a tour if you’re thirsty for knowledge. With such a short summer season on our hands here in Buffalo, this is an awesome inexpensive way to get your butt on the water and enjoy!

Climb your way through the Aerial Adventure Park Course

Peek’n Peak Resort1405 Olde RoadClymerNY 14724  / (716) 355-4141
Hours: 9am-6pm everyday

Featuring 69 obstacles and 8 courses of varying difficulties. Climb up cargo nets and ladders while navigating various elements, including ziplines, in this tree top adventure. Suited for all ability levels.This 3-hour, self-guided experience allows visitors to explore the course at their own pace and to try any (or all!) of the eight different courses, working their way through the tree tops, from platform to platform, encountering obstacles along the way.

Hiking through Panama Rocks

11 Rock Hill Road ​Panama, NY 14767 / (716) 782-2845
Panama Rocks is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm from early May through the last weekend of October; last admission to the scenic area is at 4:00pm. For Axcellent Adventure hours, click here.
You are responsible for your own safety. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adults and we do NOT allow pets in the park. Wear suitable footwear for hiking.

  • General Admission: $8 cash / $8.25 credit
  • Child (6-12): $5.50 cash / $5.70 credit
  • Discounted Admission**: $7 cash / $7.20 credit
  • Season Pass: $15 cash / $15.50 credit
  • Youth Season Pass: $10 cash / $10.30 credit
  • Discount Season Pass: $13 cash / $13.40 credit
  • Ages 5 & Under: Free!
  • Group Rates

ESCAPE from day-to-day life and explore a world of towering rocks, deep crevices, passageways, and small caves! Rock formations extend about half-a-mile through an ancient forest and reach upwards of 60 feet tall. Located just 15 minutes from Chautauqua Lake (45 minutes from Erie and 90 minutes from Buffalo). Panama Rocks is one of TripAdvisor’s top-rated attractions in the region!
It’s the perfect little getaway for you and your partner!

Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park
What could be more romantic than stargazing? Thats right, nothing.

  • The field is at the top of a 2,300-foot high mountain — the surrounding state forest is relatively undeveloped and nearby communities are in valleys, shielding any light that might affect the park

  • The location of the park, 41.6501 degrees north, 77.8164 degrees west, offers a great view of the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy

  • The astronomy field offers an excellent 360 degree view of the night sky

  • All lighting in the park is shielded and all white light has been converted to red

If you would like to come out and enjoy the magnificent night sky at Cherry Springs and only wish to gaze for a few hours, you may do so at the Night Sky Viewing area located north of Rt. 44 (opposite the gated Astronomy Observation Field). Public parking lots are located here along with several information kiosks and waysides. You may follow the walkway out to the public program area where benches are located and you will be shielded from passing vehicle lights.

There is also a backlit summer sky map wayside located on this pathway. Press the button at the lower side of the display to activate the red light.

Cherry Springs State Park is located on top of a mountain and the weather generally tends to be on the cool side. It can also be damp. It is recommended that you wear proper clothing and foot gear.

When you visit the park, feel free to bring out your own:

  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes

Pets are prohibited on the Night Sky Public Viewing Area and the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field.


All the Adventure awaits you at Buffalo Riverworks

359 Ganson Street, Buffalo NY / 844-SIX-CANS
Whether it is ziplining, water sports or their high ropes course, Riverworks has multiple options to get close for date night.
Pricing: One day adventure pass gives you access to ziplining, paddle boarding, kayaking, and rock climbing for $69 or do each one individually for $20-60 depending on hours of use.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Jessica Kelly</a>

Written by Jessica Kelly

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