Ultimate August Bucket List

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on August 1, 2014
Hiking Chestnut Ridge

Chestnut Ridge Park


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Hopefully you haven’t been lollygagging around all summer, because there’s more to see and do than even we could have imagined. So 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 another edition of the dreaded Polar Vortex. Ready, GO!

  1. Get yourself on a Niagara Jet Boat
  2. Check out Buffalo’s oldest bar, Ulrich’s Tavern in all it’s new and improved glory.
  3. Take one of our 6 pre-planned bike rides or make up your own if you’re so inclined
  4. Zip Line @ Sky High Adventure Park
  5. Hike to the Eternal Flame @ Chestnut Ridge Park (like in the photo above^)
  6. Eat at as many WNY hot dog stands as possible
  7. Take a Vertical Tour of Silo City
  8. Explore the new Larkin Market
  9. Experience an outdoor movie
  10. Make your way to a Bisons Game for popcorn, beer, fireworks and…um…oh right…baseball
  11. Hike, raft or canoe at Zoar Valley
  12. See fireworks @ Niagara Falls
  13. Take a day trip to Olcott Beach
  14. Go fishing along the canal in Niawanda Park
  15. Check out the carousel at the Outer Harbor
  16. Ride on the Spirit of Buffalo
  17. 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.”
  18. Go on an Allentown Mob Tour by Explore Buffalo
  19. Have brunch outside at The Roycroft Inn
  20. Day drink on the deck @ The Liberty Hound
  21. DIY Ellicott Street Pub Crawl – Ulrich’s Tavern, Seabar, Eddie Brady’s Tavern & Tappo (+ Big Ditch Brewing Co. when it opens)
  22. Take a group painting class (Northtowns: Paint on Tap, Southtowns: Cheers to Monet)
  23. Sign up for a Nickel City Cheese class on their porch
  24. Picnic behind the Buffalo History Museum
  25. Chase down a food truck (or just go to Food Truck Tuesday)
  26. Water Biking – Start @ Canalside
  27. Check out Hidden Valley Animal Adventure with the kids
  28. Spend an evening @ Shakespeare in the Park
  29. Get to the Mummy Exhibit @ Buffalo Science Museum – Ends Sept 21st
  30. Go to a drive-in movie
  31. Hit up a Raw Bar like Remington Tavern or Marotto’s
  32. Take a guided bike tour around Downtown Buffalo
  33. Visit The Hatch for drinks
  34. Swim @ Woodlawn Beach
  35. Nap in an adirondack chair at Canalside or Larkin Square
  36. Shop among the silos @ Silo Fleas
  37. Kayak in the Buffalo River with Buffalo Harbor Kayak from Canalside
  38. Visit Blue Monk’s Beer Garden
  39. Get fried dough (and do other things) @ the Erie County Fair
  40. Rent a Bike from WNY Bike Tours & cruise at your own pace
  41. Take a walk in Delaware Park & stop at The Meadow Café (new) for lunch or a snack.
  42. Hydro-Bike or Kayak in Tonawanda
  43. Take a free fitness class in a park near your house
  44. Go to a free Wednesday night concert at River Fest Park


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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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