Fun Winter Activities For A Buffalo Snow Day

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Ski hill at Kissing Bridge / Photo courtesy of Kissing Bridge

We love a magical snow day here in Buffalo- especially a *bonus* surprise one. If you’re struggling with plans or activities to fill an unexpected snow day, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re the brave outdoorsy type or the stay-warm-indoors type, Western New York offers plenty of opportunities for you to embrace the winter weather outside of your home. Here are some of our favorite things to do around WNY when it snows:

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Sledding at Chestnut Ridge / Photo courtesy of Chestnut Ridge

Go Sledding

A fresh snowfall calls for one of our favorite winter activities. Sledding is the best way to spend a snowy afternoon in Western New York. Our region is home to plenty of public sledding hills, so grab your sled or tube and find one near you! Here is a list of sledding hills around WNY:

Akron Falls Park

44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001 / WEBSITE

 

Beaver Island State Park 

2136 West Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 / WEBSITE

 

Billy Wilson Park

1290 Hopkins Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221 / WEBSITE

 

Bond Lake Park

2571 Lower Mountain Rd. Ransomville, NY 14131 / WEBSITE

 

Chestnut Ridge Park

6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / WEBSITE

 

Como Lake Park

2220 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086 / WEBSITE

 

Delaware Park

Meadow Dr, Buffalo, NY 14214 / WEBSITE

 

Ellicott Creek Park

1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / WEBSITE

 

Elma Meadows Golf Course and Park

1711 Girdle Rd, Elma, NY 14059 / WEBSITE

 

Holiday Valley

6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / WEBSITE

 

Kissing Bridge Snow Sports

10296 State Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069 / WEBSITE

 

Lockport Town & Country Club

717 East Ave, Lockport, NY 14094 / WEBSITE

 

Reservoir State Park

5777 Witmer Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 / WEBSITE

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Ice skating at Rotary Rink / Photo courtesy of Rotary Rink

Ice Skate

Ice skating is a fun, low-key way to spend a snowy afternoon or evening with your family, friends or date! Bundle up, lace up your skates and head to one of Buffalo’s many indoor or outdoor ice skating rinks:

Brighton Arena

251 Brompton Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / WEBSITE

 

Bud Bakewell Ice Rink

2607 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14207 / WEBSITE

 

Buffalo Riverworks

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / WEBSITE

 

Canalside

44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / WEBSITE

 

Cazenovia Buffalo Ice Rink

25 Cazenovia St, Buffalo, NY 14220 / WEBSITE

 

Cornerstone CFCU Arena

1 Grigg Lewis Way, Lockport, NY 14094 / WEBSITE

 

Depew Ice Pavilion

78 Gould Ave, Depew, NY 14043 / WEBSITE

 

Hamburg Town Arena

2982 Lakeview Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075 / WEBSITE

 

Harborcenter 

100 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / WEBSITE

 

Healthy Zone Rink

41 Riley St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / WEBSITE

 

Holiday Rinks

3465 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 / WEBSITE

 

Hyde Park Ice Pavilion

911 Robbins Dr, Niagara Falls, NY 14301 / WEBSITE

 

Leisure Rinks

75 Weiss Ave, West Seneca, NY 14224 / WEBSITE

 

Lincoln Arena 

1200 Parker Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14223 / WEBSITE

 

Martin Luther King Jr., Park

Best St & Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211 / WEBSITE

 

North Buffalo Ice Rink

156 Tacoma Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / WEBSITE

 

Northtown Center at Amherst

1615 Amherst Manor Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221 / WEBSITE

 

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza

20 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203 / WEBSITE

 

West Seneca Ice Rink

1300 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224 / WEBSITE

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Skiing / Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley

Skiing

There’s no better time to hit the slopes than during a light snow. Experience the magic of gliding through a winter snow globe at one of these ski resorts just outside of Buffalo:

Buffalo Ski Center

7414 State Rd, Colden, NY 14033 / WEBSITE

 

Holiday Valley

6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / WEBSITE

 

HoliMont Ski Club

6921 Route 242, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / WEBSITE

 

Kissing Bridge Snow Sports

10296 State Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069 / WEBSITE

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Snowshoeing / Photo courtesy of Tifft Nature Preserve

Go Snowshoeing 

Embrace a beautiful snowy day and head outside with your snowshoes for some great exercise and winter fun on the trails. Here are some great trails in WNY for snowshoeing:

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

1610 Welch Rd, Java Center, NY 14082 / WEBSITE

 

Bond Lake Park

2571 Lower Mountain Rd. Ransomville, NY 14131 / WEBSITE

 

Erie County Bureau of Forestry

11929 Warner Gulf Rd, East Concord, NY 14055 / WEBSITE 

 

Knox Farm State Park 

437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052 / WEBSITE 

 

Niagara Royalton Ravine Park

Gasport Rd, Gasport, NY 14067 / WEBSITE

 

Tifft Nature Preserve

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203 / WEBSITE

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Aurora Theater and Popcorn Shop / Photo courtesy of Aurora Theater

Catch a Movie at a Local Theater

If you’d prefer to stay indoors on a snowy day, we don’t blame you. Get cozy at a movie with some warm, buttery popcorn and a pop! Support local business, and purchase a ticket at one of Buffalo’s locally-owned theaters, where you’re promised a unique, friendly and affordable experience. Check out our full list of local movie theaters here

 

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Frizzy’s Dive Bar / Photo courtesy Frizzy’s Dive Bar

Hit Up a Dive Bar

Every Buffalonian knows a heavy snowfall is the perfect excuse to go out and drink. You don’t have to worry about trudging through a dive bar with your snow-filled boots and five layers of comfy clothing (we’re from WNY, we all get it) when the floors are already sticky and worn. We’ve got a whole list of dive bars for you to get some real cheap drinks, classic dive bar entertainment and fantastic bar food that make getting snowed in there totally worthwhile. 

 

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Explore & More Museum / Photo courtesy of the Explore & More Museum

Visit a Museum

Buffalo is home to some spectacular and inspiring museums- for both kids and adults! Treat yourself to a fun and unique learning experience at one of Buffalo’s many different museums, discovery centers, galleries and historical sites. Find all of Buffalo’s museums to visit here

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