12 Things You Can Do This Weekend That You Couldn’t Do Before

Old Fort Niagara
Photo courtesy of Old Fort Niagara

Phase 4 – it’s not ideal, but it’s better than Phases 0 – 3, amiright?

Before we get too far into this, let us just say that we highly encourage everyone to step out responsibly and safely during WNY’s phased reopening – not only in order to keep our region healthy but to also allow for continued progress in getting local business and organizations opened up! Wear a mask, keep your distance, don’t over do it, guys.

That being said, now that these places are able to reopen, they need your support! Let’s get out there and show them how much we care. The list of things to do in Buffalo and Western New York is growing, from zoos and botanical gardens to nature parks, historic sites, cultural institutions, museums, aquariums, and more.


As is the case with restaurants opening for patio and indoor service, things may start off a bit rocky with reopening like this – think adjusted hours and services and definitely new safety policies and procedures. Please be sure to look into these things before visiting any of the following places.

Here’s a guide to activities you can do now that you couldn’t before:


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Zoo

1. Buffalo Zoo

Reopened Friday, July 3


Genesee Country Village & Museum
Photo courtesy of Genesee Country Village & Museum

2. Genesee Country Village & Museum

Reopened Friday, July 3


Photo courtesy of Old Fort Niagara

3. Old Fort Niagara

Reopened Friday, July 3


Aquarium of Niagara
Photo courtesy of Aquarium of Niagara

4. Aquarium of Niagara

Reopened Saturday, July 4


Buffalo Museum of Science
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Museum of Science

5. Buffalo Museum of Science

Reopened Friday, July 10 



Photo courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

6. Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Reopens Wednesday, July 15


7. Sky High Adventure Park

Reopened Saturday, June 12


buffalo harbor cruise
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Harbor Cruises

8. Take a Boat Tour

Pretty much all of the boat touring companies are open for business now, including Spirit of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor Cruises, Maid of the Mist, Buffalo River History CruiseGrand Lady Cruise, Buffalo Pedal Tour (Bike or Boat)Niagara River Cruise, Make Sail Time, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, and Big Kahuna Tiki Boat Tour which is brand new in 2020.


Explore Buffalo
Photo courtesy of Explore Buffalo

9. Go on an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour

Reopens July 16

Explore Buffalo recently announced that their walking tours are now available for booking, including 133 tours and 40 different tour offerings. Starting July 16th (716 Day!) tours are open to the public.


10. Outdoor In Person Yoga Class

Check out our list of outdoor *in-person* yoga classes.


Photo courtesy of The Flower Stand

11. U-Pick Farms

Check out our full guide to u-pick fruit and flower farms to hop on this trendy to-do.


12. Hit the Mall

Walden Galleria Update from 7/10: “The day has finally come for us to reopen (safely)! We are so excited to have you back! Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am – 7pm & Sun 11am – 6pm Please see our list of open and closed stores: https://bit.ly/3efyIzN Make sure to visit waldengalleria.com/safety and check out our Healthy Shopper Guidelines…we must all do our part to stay safe!”

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