SOB’s Ultimate August Bucket List

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on July 31, 2015
August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Craft Cruiser / Step Out Buffalo

Remember Snowvember? Okay, good. Just wanted to get you in the right mindset to tackle this epic list of must-have summer experiences while there’s still time. In the spirit of stepping out, enjoying Buffalo and making the absolute most of our world-class WNY summers, we curated a list of some of the best things to do around town before summer’s gone, replaced with… well, you know. Ready, set, go. #SOBAugustBucketList

1. Do a Pedal Pub Crawl on either the Craft Cruiser or Buffalo Pedal Tours

2. Kayak on the Buffalo River – BFLO Harbor Kayak or Elevator Alley Kayak

3. Eat half price oysters @ Oshun (Mon – Sat after 9pm!)

4. Rent a blue bike (or bring your own) and take the new Bike Ferry from the Inner Harbor to access the Outer Harbor

5. Take a guided tour around Buffalo

6. Visit Hydraulic Hearth’s epic beer garden

August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Liberty Hound / Step Out Buffalo

7. Day drink on the Liberty Hound patio (we’re talking play hooky from work day drinking)

8. Go to an outdoor movie night

9. Eat at as many of these hot dog stands as possible

10. Nap in an adirondack chair at Canalside or Larkin Square

11. Visit the Marcy Casino overlooking Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park for Thursday “Hoppy Hour”

12. Crush the rest of your #SOBFoodBucketList Challenge

Water Biking in Tonawanda

Water biking in Tonawanda / Step Out Buffalo

13. Get on a water bike once and for all

14. Take a hike somewhere you’ve never been before

15. See fireworks at Niagara Falls

16. Join the Monday Slow Roll Buffalo bike ride

17. Go to a Bisons Game and relax for a few hours, try the new local beer 3 pack

18. DIY Cobblestone District Pub Crawl – Visit Ballyhoo, Swannie House, Buffalo Iron Works, Lagerhaus 95 and 716 Food and Sport all in one night

19. Test your limits at Sky High Adventure Park

August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Zumba at Canalside / Step Out Buffalo

20. Take a free outdoor fitness class (sweaty AND fun)

21. Shop among the grain elevators at Silo Fleas

22. Take one of our 6 pre-planned bike rides or make up your own route if you’re so inclined (and then share it with us).

23. Track down a food truck you haven’t been to

24. Get yourself on a Niagara Jet Boat

25. Take a walk by the water at Canalside – seriously, everyone should do this at least once per summer.

26. Check out a new WNY brewery

27. Sunday brunch on Black Sheep’s new patio

28. Play Bubble Soccer at Canalside

August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Bubble Soccer / Step Out Buffalo

29. Check out one (or more) of WNY’s rooftop bars

30. Visit Wilkinson Point

31. Escape the heat for a bit while taking a Makers Buffalo class

32. Track down a Butter Block Pop-tart (no seriously)

33. Climb to top of Holiday Valley hill and lounge @ Spruce Lake – Holiday Valley’s website says, “The 14 acre Spruce Lake sits at the top of Holiday Valley. There is a beach area at the south end of the lake for swimming. Kayaking and canoeing is allowed. Please note this is a wilderness lake and there are no lifeguards; you are responsible for your own safety. To reach Spruce Lake you can hike or mountain bike up from the Tannenbaum Lodge.”

34. Get acquainted with Buffalo’s beautiful street art

SOB Bar Crawl, August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

SOB Bar Crawl / Step Out Buffalo

35. Go on a SOB Bar Crawl (stay tuned for details on the next one!)

36. See a show at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

37. Skip the sad, lonely two scoops of ice cream and go for a full on sundae at one of these “Best Places”

38. Last but not least, up your patio game at these “15 Hot New Patios

August Bucket List, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Lake Effect Ice Cream Sundae – El Guapo / Step Out Buffalo

Have fun, stay safe and enjoy Buffalo! #SOBAugustBucketList


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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