Maybe you’ve seen them in the water at Canalside, large groups of people cycling their way through the water, probably having a marvelous time?
Buffalo CycleBoats is a brand new company that arrived this summer and the CycleBoat is their specialty! We’ve seen pedal tours on land, but now there’s an *even* better option – pedal tours on ~water~. Whether you’re going out for a fun night with friends, or have a special event in mind like a bachelorette or birthday party, these cruises are perfect for any occasion. Buffalo CycleBoats cruises have been very popular with Buffalonians so far, and we’re here to tell you everything you could possibly need to know about booking/enjoying cycling through the water.
What is a CycleBoat?
Buffalo CycleBoats has the first original 31-foot long catamaran, which is propelled by a large paddle wheel, powered by its cyclers! Each boat can hold up to 15 people, with ten seats for peddlers and a bench that can comfortably seat 5 resters or watchers. You need at least eight people to book. You can easily book online here.
Where do we get on?
The CycleBoats are stationed at Buffalo RiverWorks, and they will pick your group up on the docks near the river.
How long is the tour?
Generally, each cruise is around 2 hours long, with a safety introduction in the beginning.
What are cruise times/schedule?
The CycleBoat operates 7 day’s a week with 5 tour times a day: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm and a sunset cruise at 7:15pm. The operating season is from May – October, weather depending.
Will there be alcohol?
Yes! It’s BYOB, so each guest can bring up to 36oz of beer or 18oz of wine. Remember- beer must be in cans and not glass bottles, otherwise you’ll have to pour it into a plastic cup. Plus, each boat has two coolers already stocked with ice free for guests to use.
Is pedaling difficult?
If you’re worried about stamina, have no fear. Pedaling is not hard, and the resistance can be lowered or raised depending on how difficult you want to make it. There aren’t any hills on the river, but if you get tired, you can sit it out for a while as a motor can assist.
Is it family-friendly?
Yep! While most cruises are 21 and over, kids and teens are allowed on family cruises. They’ll just need to wear life jackets, and no alcohol is allowed.
What if the weather is bad?
Rain or shine, you can still enjoy your cruise. There is a collapsible canopy that covers the boat so you’ll be comfortable even if it’s a rainy day. However, if the weather is really bad or storming, you will receive a rain check to use for a cruise another time.