The Best Way to Spend A Snow Day in Buffalo

City Guide, Family Friendly, Seasonal, Things to Do


Written by HayleyPrenatt

Published on January 18, 2022
snow day at Kissing Bridge
Ski Hill / Photo courtesy of Kissing Bridge

Buffalonians are no stranger to snow days.  Whether you’re checking the scroll on the local news to see if school is closed, or anxiously awaiting the email from your boss not to come in for the day. Unplanned days off are often the best part of winters in Buffalo. While we look forward to a day off, sometimes our grand plans turn into binging Netflix for 12 hours out of boredom. That’s okay every once in a while, but Buffalo is a pretty active place in the winter. Why not take advantage of it?

Here are the best things to do from outdoor activities, to cozy restaurants to visit, to where to stay warm, when the cold is too much. Whatever the winter weather may bring, let’s make the best of it!


Outdoor Activities

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Skiers at Holiday Valley / Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley


Winters in WNY can be pretty beautiful. The hills surrounding the area provide the perfect opportunity to break out your winter gear and hit the slopes.

  • Kissing Bridge
    • 10296 State Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069 / Website
  • Holiday Valley
    • 6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / Website
  • Peek’n Peak Resort
    • 1405 Old Rd, Clymer, NY 14724 / Website
  • HoliMont Ski Club
    • 6921 Route 242, PO Box 279, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / Website

Check out our Guide to Skiing & Snowboarding Spots Within 2 Hours of Buffalo!

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Winter at Niagara Falls / Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls State Park

Sledding, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing:

Sledding is just as fun when you are an adult as it was when you were a kid… even if it hurts a little more. Dig out an old sled and head to one of these awesome places. Downhill activities not your thing? These parks also offer a wide range of other winter activities as well.

  • Chestnut Ridge
    • 121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / Website
    • This park  has Toboggan chutes as well as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing on ungroomed trails, hiking, and snowmobiling on designated trails.
  • Elma Meadows Park
    • 1711 Girdle Rd, Elma, NY 14059 / Website
    • The park has groomed cross country skiing trails. Sledding hill open 10:00 am- 8:00 pm & the ski trails are open 9 am-dusk.
  • Ellicott Creek Park
    • 1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / Website
    • The park also offers cross-country skiing on ungroomed trails, and snowshoeing!
  • Beaver Island State Park
    • 2136 Oakfield Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072/Website
    • The park also offers snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and hunting.
  • Como Lake
    • 2220 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086/Website
    • The park also features two ice skating rinks free to the public open 12:00 PM- 8:00 PM (weather permitting), as well as cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing!
  • Knox Farm State Park
    • 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY 14052/Website
    • In addition to their dog park, Knox Farm offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing!
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
    • 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203/Website
    • The preserve is open year-round for hiking on the trails. In the winter snowshoeing is offered with snowshoe rentals!
  • Niagara Falls State Park
    • 332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 / Website
    • The Falls is an icy beauty in the winter, hike the trails around the falls or sneak a little photo shoot in.

Check out our Guide to the Best Sledding Hills in WNY!


Ice skating at Canalside / Photo Courtesy of Buffalo Waterfront

Ice Skating:

Ice Skating is a fun past time and while Canalside is always a good option, there’s a ton of other options as well. Check out The Best Places To Go Ice Skating In & Around Buffalo or some of these listed below.

  • Cazenovia Rink
    • 25 Cazenovia Street, Buffalo NY 14220 / Website
    • Skate rentals are $3 and Non-resident skating is $3. Check the website for the open skate schedule as it does change.
  • Riverside Rink
    • 2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo NY 14207 / Website
    • Skate rentals are $3 and Non-resident skating is $3. Check the website for the open skate schedule as it does change.

Indoor Activities

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Greenhouse at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens/ Photo Courtesy of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Museums and Galleries:

If you are looking to learn something for fun while soaking in your snow day, museums are the way to go. Buffalo has a rich history and tons of museums to  immerse in. With more museums than we can count, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the museums in the area here.

Heads up! The Albright-Knox is closed for renovations but their Northland gallery is still open. For updates, you can find more info here.

If you are looking for something green to beat the white of winter, check out the Buffalo Botanical Gardens on South Park Ave. There are always events going on that involve their gallery of plants, one being their popular, Lumagination.


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Melting Point / Photo x Adrianne Salmon


Buffalo has an amazing local food and drink scene. With more restaurants, breweries, and distilleries popping up, dinning out is always a good option. With the chilliness of a snow day, comfort food is the way to go. Here are a few guides to the best comfort food the area has to offer:

Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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

Written by <a href="" target="_self">HayleyPrenatt</a>

Written by HayleyPrenatt

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