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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Buffalo

**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).


Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Buffalo. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Kin Lock Farmstead Lavender
Lavender Crest Farm
Buffalo Japanese Garden
Delaware Park Rose Garden
Linwood Gardens
Martin House
Sonnenberg Gardens
Goodell Gardens and Homestead


Get Wild on a Hike

  Golden Hill State Park
Buckhorn Island State Park
Chestnut Ridge
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Allegany State Park
Presque Isle State Park
Erie Bluffs State Park
Asbury Woods
Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)


Time Travel Today

  Buffalo Fire Historical Society
Buffalo Harbor Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin-Martin House Complex
Old Fort Niagara
The Buffalo History Museum
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Fenton History Center
Hagen History Center
Erie Maritime Museum/Flagship Niagara


Make Life a Beach

  Beaver Island State Park
Bennet Beach
Evangola State Park
Olcott Beach
Presque Isle State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Paths, Peaks, and Paddles
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park
Waldameer Park and Water World
Camp Sherwin Spray and Play Park
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Explore & More Children's Museum
National Comedy Center in Jamestown: Kids and teens are free!
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo Museum of Science
Castelani Art Museum
Carnegie Art Center
The Strong Museum
Niagara Parks Power Station
expERIEnce Children’s Museum
Erie Art Museum


Explore These Cities

Rochester, NY
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Erie, PA
Cleveland, OH
Pittsburgh, PA


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Buffalo Central Terminal
Pierce Arrow Museum
Medina Railroad Museum
Niagara Aerospace Museum
Little Bird Airways
Arcade and Attica Railroad
Moondance Cat
Buffalo River History Tours
Victorian Princess
Scallywags Pirate Adventures
The Lady Kate
Your Sailing Adventure


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Awald Farms
Bittner-Singer Orchards
Blackman Homestead Farm
Charles Carris Fruit Farm
Abers Acres


Play Ball!

Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Bandits
Batavia Muckdogs
Queen City Roller Girls
Buffalo Bisons
Fredonia Blue Devils
Erie SeaWolves AA Baseball
Erie Otters OHL Hockey
Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League


Treat Yo' Self

Custard Corner Buffalo
King Condrell's Candy & Ice Cream
Hanna's Frosty Treats
Bella Mia Chocolate Shop
Anderson's Frozen Custard
Bryce's Ice Cream
Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream
Ko-Ed Candies
Park Edge Sweet Shoppe
Pulakos Chocolates
Icing on the Lake
The Original Popcorn House


Connect with Nature

  Beaver Island Nature Center
Cave of the Winds
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc
Buffalo Audubon Center
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Darien Lake
Seabreeze Amusement Park
Waldameer Park and Water World
Canada's Wonderland


Talk to the Animals

  The Buffalo Zoo
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
Aquarium of Niagara
Bird Kingdom Niagara Falls, Canada
Safari Niagara
The Erie Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  African American Cultural Center
Niagara Arts & Cultural Center
Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls
Polish Cadets Hall
Casa de Arte


Monkey Around at the Playground Destinations

  Buffalo Harbor State Park
Shoshone Park
Martin Luther King Jr. State Park
Hennepin Park
Dorrance Park


Get Active Indoors

The Little Gym Williamsville
Rolly Pollies
JCC of Buffalo
Adventure Landing
Epic Sports Center
Flying Monkey Inflata-Park
Play Port Arcade & Family Fun Center


Challenge Yourself

  Buffalo Arts Studio
Buffalo Dance Center
Designing Dish
Escape Game Erie
Miniature Golf in Erie PA


Shop Your Heart Out

  Monkey See, Monkey Do...Children's Bookstore
Talking Leaves Books
Dog Ears Bookstore
FisherPrice Toy Store
Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle
Original Kazoo Company
Beach Zero


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Buffalo. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

  = Just over 3 hours away