Buffalo Bucket List: Hot Air Balloons & Motopeds

Things to Do


Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on September 13, 2017

Photo from Aurora Balloon Company’s Facebook

Getting healthy, nailing that promotion, sorting our your finances – they’re all respectable resolutions. But frankly, they’re boring af, which is why we here at Step Out Buffalo are challenging you to really step out of your comfort zone in 2017 with the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge. We know it can be difficult to constantly come up with new and exciting ways to enjoy your time here on planet earth, and more specifically Western New York, so we’re doing the work for you. Every Wednesday this year we’ll publish a new Buffalo Bucket List Challenge post with a fun / interesting / exciting / unique “task” to try.


Photo from Aurora Balloon Company’s Facebook

Week 31: Hot Air Balloon Ride at 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).
Details: Soar high in the sky at Aurora Balloon Company! Take flight in one of these giant balloons and see WNY like never before. Take in the beautiful views of the East Aurora/South Wales area with views of the lake and the city in the distance. The basket is built for 6 people, so you can go with a group, or make new friends while in the air. Test your fear of heights with this truly special experience just outside of the city.
Where to Eat: Stop at Giuseppe’s Restaurant just down Olean Road for some of their famous chicken sticks and pizza. They also have a phenomenal dessert selection!


Photo courtesy of RentMotoped

Week 32: Get a biker gang together

Rent Motoped Buffalo  //  359 Ganson Street in Buffalo  //
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 11am-7pm
Price: $25 per hour
Details: Yep, that’s right – there’s yet another new activity to expereince at RiverWorks. Rent Motoped is a brand new venture, planting its roots at RiverWorks. Give the motopeds a try and explore Buffalo in a whole new way before it catches on and they’re hard to get, which we forsee happening pretty quickly, mainly because we’re going to be renting these things literally every chance we get. So what is a motoped exactly? It’s a motorized bicycle that you can actually pedal or just cruise using the motor – you pick. All you need is a valid NYS license and the willingness to wear eye protection. That’s it! Get it, girl.

Where to Eat: The Mahony, located inside of the Fairmont Creamery, is a great place to stop for a bite to eat nearby. They have salads, snacks, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, upscale entrees, and more. There aren’t many places where you can please the picky eater that only eats burgers and wings and the “finer things” eater that enjoys a decadent seafood dish. We highly recommend their Homemade Soft Pretzels served at lunch time, with a jalapeno, ham, and cheddar cheese dip. 

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

Written by Jessica Kelly

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