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Best Outdoor Activities Around Buffalo – Chuck’s Top Five

Looking for a way to get outside and bask in the warmth of the all too short Buffalo summer? Well we have the perfect outdoor activities for you this summer.

Buffalo Harbor Kayak
Canalside 1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, New York

Flickr by michiganseagrant

Whether you are looking for bike rentals or a colorful shell to take down the river Buffalo Harbor Kayak offers several different options for people looking to spend some time enjoying Buffalo’s rare moments of sunshine. BFLO Harbor Kayak allows Kayakers the option of going out by themselves, rowing tandem, or taking a Kayak tour of the harbor. Tours are $25 for 90 mins and Kayaks are $20 per hour or $35 for the whole day rowers should call ahead or email for reservations.

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BBC Cobblestone Criterium Twilight Series 2011
Perry and Chicago Streets
Buffalo, NY

Flickr by The Prudent Cyclist

So if you are looking for a way to spend a Thursday evening in the city and don’t feel like being pushed by the crush at Thursday in the Square and aren’t sure if your quite cultured enough to sit through Shakespeare in the Park then head over to the Twilight Series. Don’t worry the Twilight Series isn’t a gathering of angsty teen vampires it’s a bike race held every Thursday by the BBC or the Buffalo Bicycling Club at 6:30 and 7:30 around a ½ mile racing area around Perry and Chicago Street in Buffalo’s historic Cobblestone District.

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Elmwood Village Picnic in the Parkway Concert Series
Bidwell Parkway
Buffalo, NY

Flickr by kightp

Every Tuesday night a diverse crowd of Elmwood hipsters, local families, and suburban families looking to take in a tame taste of the city gather at Elmwood’s Bidwell Parkway to listen to Picnic in the Parkway Concert Series. The concerts are always free, and the area around Bidwell Parkway is beautiful and full of history, each Tuesday there is a different musical acts.

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Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park
Buffalo, NY

Flickr by jonrg-bw

Shakespeare in the Park has been a Buffalo summer tradition for years and the troupe perform two of the Bard’s plays each summer. This summer The Merchant of Venice will be performed from July 16th through July 10th and As You Like It will be performed from July 21 through August 14. Admission is free and performances are Tuesday through Sunday and seating is festival style.

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Becker Farms
3760 Quaker Rd
Gasport, NY

Flickr by camknows

Becker Farms has been a functioning farm for over 100 years but it has just recently become a tourist destination for city dwellers and suburbanites alike who want to get out of the city and enjoy some time in the country. Becker Farms has everything from beer and wine tasting at its in house vineyard and brewery to strawberry picking, and hay rides for the kids. Check out their website for special events like the Raspberry Jamboree on July 10th.

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Want to find more things to do in Buffalo? Click here.
Need to find your way around Buffalo? Here’s a map of the area.


[Contributing author: Liz DiNArdo]

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