With fall in full swing, there’s plenty to experience in the Greater Buffalo Area. The trees are changing and Buffalonians are seizing the last of our area’s warm weather. Whether you’re looking to try something new, or ready to broaden the scope of a previous passion, here are some ideas to help you savor every last minute!
1. The Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm should be a staple in every true Western New Yorker’s fall experience. With a massive corn maze, farm animals, hay labyrinth, carnival rides, expansive indoor facilities and naturally tons upon tons of pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Farm has it all. It’s essentially the ultimate fall adventure for individuals of all ages. Every weekend features a different special event like weight-offs for some of the world’s largest pumpkins and more!
2. Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens Mum Exhibit
The Botanical Gardens hosts a special event every fall. This year the gardens are celebrating over a 100 years and the Mum Exhibit offers a spectacular way to appreciate. From October 1st to the 31st, revel in the beauty of myriad colorful Mums. In a beautiful setting, take in the vibrant hues that mark seasonal change!
After its construction from 1897-1899 the Buffalo Botanical Gardens was one of the largest public greenhouses in the country. Today there are fewer than a dozen large Victorian Age conservatories in America, and ours is one of only two with a tri-dome design (the New York Botanical Garden being the other).
3. Canalside’s Outdoor Roller Rink
This fall Canalside debuted a brand new outdoor roller rink (and the largest in New York State!) on the winter ice skating rink open through October 31, 2021. Being the absolute perfect fall activity, the attraction took off in no time and now they’re hosting Friday night themed skates with a DJ and drink specials from 6-10pm. The rink is open to all ages and admission is $6 per adult and $2 for children ages 13 and under. Additionally, Roller skate rentals are $4.
4. Griffis Sculpture Park
Griffis Sculpture Park is a great place to take in some fresh air. With a sprawling landscape it’s just the place to enjoy the coming of fall. The park has miles of trails to hike. Matchless steel sculptures cover the grounds, highlighting the singular genius of artist Larry Griffis Jr. and others. Lose yourself in the extensive trail system or maybe even try climbing a few of the structures!
5. Buffalo Museum of Science
On a rainy day, or maybe just for a change of pace, the Buffalo Museum of Science is a great place to visit. Experience outer space, view rare crystals and learn about practically everything and anything. From dinosaurs and the role of extinction, to the history of the universe, there’s certainly enough learning material to keep you busy. New exhibits are added often, so don’t forget to check in on what’s going on here every once in a while!
6. Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride
Just a 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls or Buffalo, the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride is a unique experience not just for summer.
Their fall Haunted Cave Lantern Tour is a 70-minute guided evening lantern tour underground. Your tour guide will lead you by lantern light along the dark waters of the Erie Canal, telling you folklore, tales and hair raising stories as you prepare to enter the forbidden tunnels and caves under Lockport. The special Haunted Cave tours are offered several dates during October in addition to their regular tour programing.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.