7 Things to Do On a Rainy/Snowy/Chilly Day in WNY

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Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on February 20, 2019
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Photo courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery

‘Tis the season for inclement weather. The weather getting in the way of plans is nothing new here in Buffalo (amiright). On the bright (well, cloudy) side, we don’t have a shortage of rainy day activities- and we’re not talking Netflix and chill. For those of you wanting to make the most of your rainy dayz in Buffalo, we’ve got a whole list of ideas for ya. A little precipitation never hurt anyone.




1. Grab a hot bowl of soup

TBH, the first spot that comes to mind for a hearty, flavorful bowl of warm soup is The Grange because of their grilled cheese and tomato soup combo- you really can’t go wrong here. But that’s not the only spot to grab an awesome bowl of soup in WNY. Other options include Danny’s (South or Airport) where they have a 125 soups on rotation, or any of these spots that have great french onion soup according to our readers.


2. Catch a movie at your favorite local theater

Whether it’s at the semi-recently renovated North Park Theatre, any of the local Dipson theaters, or one of the small-town spots, you can catch a movie for under a fortune (*cough cough* Regal Cinemas) while supporting local. And everyone knows the best way to spend a rainy day is watching a movie. Find one near you below!

  • Amherst Theatre: WEBSITE, 3500 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14226
  • Eastern Hills Cinema: WEBSITE, 4545 Transit Rd. Williamsville, NY 14221
  • Flix Stadium 10: WEBSITE4901 Transit Rd. Lancaster, NY 14043                                                             
  • North Park Theatre: WEBSITE, 1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • Mckinley 6 Theatres: WEBSITE3701 Mckinley Pkwy Buffalo, NY 14219
  • Aurora Theatre: WEBSITE, 673 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Hamburg Palace: WEBSITE, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg, NY 14075


3. Hit up the Albright-Knox and/or Burchfield Penney

We’re lucky enough to have not just one, but TWO art museums in Buffalo- one of them being one of the oldest in the U.S. (we’re kind of a big deal). The Albright-Knox, established in 1862, is world-renowned and is constantly bringing in new (and old), exciting collections. The Burchfield Penney is located right across the street from the Albright-Knox, on Buffalo State’s campus. Founded in 1966, the Burchfield is dedicated to local Western New York artists. Both museums offer docent-led tours, classes, workshops and other fun special events! And you might as well do 2-in-1… I mean there’s literally a street’s width between them, and we say the more art, the better.

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery: WEBSITE, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center: WEBSITE, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222




4. Meet allll the fishies at the Aquarium of Niagara

The zoo might be out of the question on a drizzly day, but good news- the aquarium is certainly not. All of your aquatic friends will be waiting to greet you at the glass! You can order tickets right on their website for under $15- totally worth it for you animal lovers. We suggest checking out the daily schedule posted on the website so you know when to catch the sea lion shows and penguin feedings- you’re welcome. It’s open daily from 9 am- 5 pm!

Aquarium of Niagara: WEBSITE, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, NY 14301


Buffalo Museum of Science

Buffalo Museum of Science – The Art of the Lego Exhibit / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

5. Explore your curiosity at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Have you ever seen a bird egg bigger than a dinosaur egg or the skeleton of an Albertosaurus? These ridiculous things (plus a whole lot more) exist at the Buffalo Museum of Science. We promise you, you’ll walk out of there a smarter person than you were going in- and you might just find yourself enjoying learning. Be sure to check out the calendar for all of their fun event nights- they’ve got cool workshops, BTS tours, and Science After Hours adult nights (you all know what that means). Who knew science could be so fun?! #themoreyouknow.

Buffalo Museum of Science: WEBSITE, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211


6. Make a trip to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

This place is basically heaven on earth for bookworms. More than just your average library, this place is HU(UUU)GE with several educational exhibits throughout on Buffalo’s history, books galore and a quick cafe for all of your heart’s caffeinated desires.  You could easily spend a few hours here, so plan on getting comfortable- with a good book of course. And the best part- it’s completely FREE. I mean, what better way to spend a rainy day?

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library: WEBSITE, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203




7. Shop ‘til you drop at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls

Make a totally guilt-free trip to the Fashion Outlets because the weather sucks, and you deserve it. They’ve got over 200 of our fav outlets (including fine retailers-Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Kate Spade, NIKE, etc.) with the best deals out there (click here to check out the current sales). And don’t let the name fool you, all of the stores are accessible from the indoor (aka DRY) floor plan.

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA: WEBSITE, 1900 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Kelsie Engert</a>

Written by Kelsie Engert

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