5 Things to Do With Mom While Social Distancing This Mother’s Day

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on April 26, 2021
Located in Hertel Alley x Chuck Tingley / Photo x Step Out Buffalo while on Tour By Car: North Buffalo

Right about now you might be wondering how the heck you can enjoy Mother’s Day and spend time with your mom while maintaining a certain level of social distancing – from her or from others. From hikes and street art to driving tours, walking tours, and biking ideas, we’ve got you.

1. Tour WNY by Car

Our new Tour by Car Series is the perfect way to explore the city while staying very socially distanced from others. These offer a great combo of stop types including architecture, art, parks, and more. Some stops you’ll just drive by and admire from a distance, some are photo opps, and some allow you to get out and stretch your legs or even see a world wonder – hint hint. Believe us when we tell you you won’t run into too much traffic.

Social Distancing Tip: Take two cars and connect both cars by phone- using bluetooth of course. Speaking from personal experience, it really feels like you’re in the same car! Assign one person to read the info tidbits for each stop along the way.

Tour By Car Series >


2. Take a Hike

Now that the weather is about to break (TBD if that’s before or after another snow storm) it’s officially hiking season. Small hikes, big hikes, short hikes, long hikes – WNY has it all. Here’s a guide for some inspo.

Buffalo City Hall / Step Out Buffalo
Buffalo City Hall / Step Out Buffalo

3. Explore Buffalo on Foot with Walking Tours

Explore Buffalo, a local walking tour company, has recently released 5 self-guided walking tour maps for some of their most popular walking tours. This DIY approach let’s you tour some of the most interesting areas of Buffalo on foot whenever you’re in the mood and with whomever you feel comfortable while still getting info you need to make the most of your adventure.

4. Check Out Street Art

Do this by car, foot or bike – the choice is yours! We have a ton of different Street Art guides grouped by geographic location for your street art hunting pleasure. If you’re looking for something entertaining to do in Buffalo, Hertel, the Southtowns, and more, these street art guides can lead the way.


5. Tour WNY by Bike

There is no better way to see our beautiful city than on two wheels, and as luck would have it our friends at Buffalo created a series in light of Covid called Bike There! 5 Self-Guided Buffalo Tours by Bike.

And when we say “self-guided”, we mean you do it on your own, but you’ll have detailed info telling you where to go the whole way! The tours are accessible through the Ride with GPS app and are free of charge (tips are greatly appreciated). 

Each tour includes cue sheets, curated landmarks, historical and interesting stories, photos, and hyperlinks with more information. Route distances vary and bikers can always improvise, but as an example the first route is 11.5 miles on fairly flat terrain. 

This article was originally published in April 2020 and has been updated.

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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