Get (Safely!) Out and About In the Buffalo-Niagara Area this Fall
Your family could really use a fun outing, but you're committed to social distancing. Many popular nature trails and lake beaches seem like a good idea until you realize that many others had the same idea, making some of these destinations too crowded for comfort.. Luckily, there are new and interesting places to explore while staying a safe distance for others. If you can, switch your schedule and do your outings on weekdays to avoid weekend crowds. Here are a few suggestions you may not have considered, and all of them are in the Buffalo-Niagara area.
And don't forget your masks!
Sculpture Parks: Grifiss Sculpture Garden and Artpark
Sculpture parks offer the opportunity to take in some sculpture while enjoying outdoor space. Some of the art pieces encourage interaction (although be careful: some don't), and you can enhance your experience by bringing along sketchbooks or cameras to see how the sculptures can inspire your own compositions. The sprawling grounds allows kids to be a bit more relaxed than in a typical museum, and best of all, it's easy to keep a distance from others. Keep in mind that it will get busier and hotter at midday, so planning for an earlier morning or late afternoon visit is likely to work best.
Self Guided Tours: Explore Buffalo and Buffalo Bike Tours
It's sometimes easy to forget that we live in a pretty great part of the world. Explore Buffalo and Buffalo Bike Tours each offer several (FREE) ways to see just how cool our city is. Pretend your a tourist for a morning and see Buffalo like you've never seen her. Check out amazing architecture, charming gardens, funky murals, our delicious food scene, fascinating history, and so much more. Both Explore Buffalo and Buffalo Bike Tours have several options for you to choose from. Oh, and no bike? No prblem! Buffalo Bike Tours has a rental program.
Drive-In Movie Fun
Here's a fun fact: NY has 28 drive-in movie theatres still operating and FIVE of them are within driving distance of us! Click the link below to get the list and begin making your plans! Many local drive-in movie theaters have opened for summer, and our colleague Helena Robin thinks you should definitely take your kids to a drive-in movie theater. Be sure to check their websites to review COVID-19 procedures before you go.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
When the cold weather arrives but you still want to be out in nature with your kiddos what do you do? If you're clever, you'll head over to the Botanical Gardens. The 120 year old building is a giant jewel box filled with botanical treasures from around the world. Step inside and steep your senses in warmth, sunshine and the fragrence of hundreds of flowers and plants. Your first stop should be the Children's Garden, especially if your kids are on the younger side. Then, consult your map to find the Chocolate Tree, a tree that grows tea, meat-eating plants, water features, the lemon tree that grows fruit the size of your FACE, a 100 year old begonia, giant koi fish, and bonsai trees. You can visit a rain forest garden and a cloud forest garden. All in one day! Reservations are a must to make sure you aren't turned away due to strict guest limits.
VIP Treatment At Tifft
Interested in reconnecting with nature or having a new experience at Tifft? You and your family can have a private guided tour with one of Tifft's engaging facilitators for up to 8 members of your household. This 1.5 hour tour will have you feeling like a VIP as you explore the sights and sounds of Tifft like never before. You can choose from one of several themed experiences like bird-watching, fishing, bugology, animal tracking, watercoloring and more! The nature center is closed to the public, but you'll be able to use the restrooms if necessary. You must reserve your day/time in advance.