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13 Most Adventurous Things To Do In & Around WNY

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Written by Kayla Milligan

Published on May 11, 2021
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Whether you need ideas for an exciting, unique date or are looking for fun things to do with friends and family, these are the ultimate adventurous activities you can partake in around Buffalo and Western New York! From skydiving and zip lining to rock climbing, amusement parks, and much, this list has you destined for a thrilling adventure.

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1. White Water Rafting

White water rafting may sound extreme but it is a LOT of fun and easy to learn with a guide in the raft. Gather your group of friends that aren’t scared of getting wet and take them on a fun, wild rafting adventure with one of these great places near Western NY.

Where to go:

Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Co

11 S Water St, Gowanda, NY 14070 / zoarvalleyrafting.com

Season: March-May/June

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc.

Letchworth State Park, 7051 Lower Falls Rd, Castile, NY 14427 / adventure-calls.com

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Whitewater Challengers

16129 Foster Park Rd, Dexter, NY 13634 / whitewaterchallengers.com

Season: May-October 

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

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2. Skydiving

For all the people who have skydiving on their bucket list, THIS is your sign to schedule your dive today! Although diving out of a plane may sound extreme, it will certainly be one of the best experiences of your life and you’ll be happy you took the leap. Buffalo has some great skydiving options that are worth every penny!

Where to go:

Skydive The Falls

1698 Braley Rd, Youngstown, NY 14174 / skydivethefalls.com

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 30 minutes

Western New York Skydiving

4906 Pine Hill Rd, Albion, NY 14411 / wnyskydiving.com

Season: March-November

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Rochester Skydivers

6522 State Route 20A, Perry, NY 14530 / rochesterskydivers.com

Season: April-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

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3. Indoor Rock Climbing 

Buffalo may not have a lot of mountainous terrain but that doesn’t mean rock climbing is out of the question! These indoor rock climbing centers in and around Buffalo are great places to start your climbing hobby any time of the year.

Where to go:

Central Rock Gym

55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / centralrockgym.com

Niagara Climbing Center

1333 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / niagaraclimbingcenter.com

Distance from Buffalo: 30 minutes

RocVentures Climbing Center

1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 / rocventuresclimbing.com

Distance from Buffalo: 1.5 hours

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4. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Did you know there are places near Buffalo that offer hot air balloon rides?! Don’t pass up on this extraordinary experience with views that will make you feel like you are dreaming. Your significant other will remember it forever.

Where to go:

Balloons Over Letchworth

Letchworth State Park, 1, Castile, NY 14427 / balloonsoverletchworth.com

Season: April-November

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Genesee Falls Balloon

6591 E Koy Rd, Portageville, NY 14536 / balloonletchworth.com

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Southern Tier Balloon Tours

197 Bostwick Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 / stballoon.com/fingerlakes

Season: Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 3 hours

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5. Aerial Park / Ziplining

Looking to conquer your fear of heights? Climbing through obstacle courses in the sky and flying through treetops on a zip line might be just the thing for you! These adventurous parks and resorts near Buffalo have some of the best spots to soar and are well-worth checking out.

Where to go:

Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley

6773 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / holidayvalley.com

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Peek’n Peak Mountain Adventures

1405 Old Rd, Clymer, NY 14724 / pknpk.com

Season: May-October

Distance from Buffalo: 1.5 hours

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

5589 S Hill Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424 / bristolmountainadventures.com

Season: May-November

Distance from Buffalo: 2 hours

Lake Erie Canopy Tours

4888 N Broadway, Geneva, OH 44041 / lakeeriecanopytours.com

Season: Late June-TBD

Distance from Buffalo: 2.5 hours

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

2000 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045 / greekpeak.net

Season: Zipline: open year-round, Aerial Park: June-TBD

Distance from Buffalo: 3 hours

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6. Race your car on a drag way

Ever wanted to race your car against a friend or significant other? Every Wednesday Night during the Summer and Fall, there’s Grudge Racing at New York International Raceway Park, formerly known as Lancaster Speedway! If you’ve ever wanted to see how fast your car really can go but not trying to get a speeding ticket, THIS is the place to check out.

Where to go:

New York International Raceway Park

57 Gunnville Rd, Lancaster, NY 14086 / lancastermotorsportspark.com

Season: June-October, Wednesday Nights

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7. Rent A Kayak

Although one of the lesser extreme ideas on this bucket list, kayaking still makes for a great adventurous time out on the water. There are so many places you can rent kayaks around WNY, including Canalside, Grand Island, Sunset Bay. Perhaps this Summer, you can try to knock off every place on the list!

Where to go:

BFLO Harbor Kayak

Canalside, 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202 / bfloharborkayak.com

Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, Paddle Boards

Season: Memorial Day-Labor Day

Blue Water Marina

Located: Grand Island

340 E River Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072 / bluewatermarinagi.com

Single Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, Paddle Boards

Season: May-September

SUP Erie Adventures

Sunset Bay, 1028 S Shore Dr, Irving, NY 14081 / superieadventures.com

Single Kayaks, Paddle Boards

Season: Memorial Day-Labor Day

For the full list of kayak rentals, check out our Guide to Kayaking in WNY!

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8. Rent a pontoon boat 

If you haven’t floated around on a pontoon boat with friends on a Summer day, you are seriously missing out! Pontoon boats are easy to maneuver and rent, making it the best option for an adventurous day on the water.

Collins Marine

4444 River Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / collinsmarine.com

Chautauqua Marina

104 W Lake Rd, Mayville, NY 14757 / chautauquamarina.com

Distance: 1 hour

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9. Book a Jet Boat Tour 

Jet Boat tours are an extremely fun and exhilarating bucket list idea for those living in Western New York! Whether you choose to take a wet tour or dry tour, there’s no way you won’t be having the time of your life on one of these fast and furious jet boat tours.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour 

(Wet and Dry options)

115 S Water St, Lewiston, NY 14092 / whirlpooljet.com

Niagara Jet Adventures

(Wet and Dry options)

555 Water St, Youngstown, NY 14174 / niagarajet.com

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10.  Rent a gigantic water slide / slip-n-slide

Make the adventure come to you by renting a gigantic water slide / slip-n-slide through one of these rental companies! Nothing beats sliding down a steep water slip-n-slide on a hot Summer day with your friends. You’ll most likely want to make it an annual Summer tradition!

Where to go:

Incredible Bounce

5735 Maelou Dr, Hamburg, NY 14075 / incrediblebounce.co

Bouncing On Air LLC

4043 Union Rd, Buffalo, NY 14225 / bouncingonair.com

Bounce USA

36 Puritan Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / buffalobouncehouserental.com

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11. Ride a Mountain Coaster

Yep, you heard right. It’s a roller coaster but built on a MOUNTAIN! There’s no doubt you’ll have a blast on these wicked cool and unique rides while surrounded by nature.

Where to go:

Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley 

6773 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731 / holidayvalley.com

Season: Open Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

2000 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045 / reekpeak.net

Season: Open Year-Round

Distance from Buffalo: 3 hours

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12. Go to an Amusement Park

Have fun on rides, play games, and so much more at amusement parks all within a 4 hour radius of Buffalo! You and your spouse or group of friends are guaranteed to have an exciting, fun day. Make sure to check out places you’ve never been before!

Adventure Landing

2400 Sheridan Dr, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / buffalo.adventurelanding.com

Six Flags Darien Lake

9993 Alleghany Rd, Corfu, NY 14036 / .sixflags.com/darienlake

Season: May-October

Seabreeze Amusement Park

4600 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14622 / seabreeze.com

Season: Memorial Day-September 

Distance from Buffalo: 1.5 hours

Waldameer Park

3100 West Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16505 / waldameer.com

Season: May-Labor Day

Distance from Buffalo: 2 hours

Kennywood

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122 / kennywood.com

Season: May-September

Distance from Buffalo: 3.5 hours

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870 / cedarpoint.com

Distance from Buffalo: 4 hours

Season: May-Labor Day

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13. Smash Stuff!

Looking to get your anger out somewhere? Maybe just want to smash stuff with friends in the only place where it’s technically legal and not frowned upon? Smash Brothers is one of it’s kind in WNY and a great place to go when you need a good stress reliever!

Where to go:

Smash Brothers

1204 Niagara St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 / smashbrothersny.com

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/kaylamilligan/" target="_self">Kayla Milligan</a>

Written by Kayla Milligan

Kayla recently graduated with a 4.0 from UB as a Communication major and Chinese minor. She lived in China for half a year, skydived, white water rafted, drove an ice cream truck, and is always up for a new adventure!
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