Adventurous Date Ideas in Western New York

Updated June 2018

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.

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. You might want to end the day with a romantic dinner at Water Street Landing and it’d be cool if you didn’t look like a wet mop.


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 Buffalo Harbor Kayak Tours at Canalside

1 Naval Park Cove in Buffalo / (716) 288-5309

info@bfloharborkayak.com or Justin@BFLOHarborKayak.com

Hours: Tour times are available online depending on the tour you choose.

Price: Water bike rentals are $18 for a one hour on a one person rider or $36 dollars for one hour on a two person tandem rider. The guided kayak tours are $30 and can be booked online.  The stand-up paddle board is $12 for 30 minutes.

We’ve all heard of the water bikes here in Buffalo.  There’s even a tandem one if you want to be super nerdy together. Don’t forget that they also just added the stand-up paddle boards that look like water ellipticals. Think stand up paddle board with way more speed! The water bikes and paddle boards are awesome, but there are other things to do at Canalside in addition to the bikes – like the guided kayak tours.  Paddle along together during the silo city paddle tour to learn about the history while getting a great workout.  There’s even a Silo City Sunrise Tour at 6 am and a Sunset River Tour at 6 pm.  After the sunset tour, follow that up with a plate of ahi tuna nachos and cocktails at Liberty Hound.

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