If you’ve got the travel itch, don’t worry – we’ve got a remedy for you. From places with natural beauty to fun and educational opportunities, and everything in between, gas up the car, pack up the family, and check out these 11 best day trips in Buffalo that are absolute must-dos!

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Best day trips in Buffalo

Where can I take a cruise in the Buffalo area?

Taking a cruise is a wonderful day trip option, and you can do so aboard Erie Canal Cruises. The enterprise, located in the town of Lockport, offers several different cruise vessels for different numbers of passengers (although the double-deck boat is one of the most popular). The tour lasts about two hours and is narrated along the way, providing a wealth of history of the sites and attractions that line the canal. The highlight is going through Locks 34 & 35 (see why the town is named Lockport?), the Erie Canal’s only set of double locks.

I want to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

This famous architect has structures all over The Empire State,and a few are in the Buffalo area. One of them is the Darwin D. Martin House Complex. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, the complex encompasses his beautiful home and gardens. The house was built in the Prairie School architectural style and the interior and exterior features are awe-inspiring. The gardens are meticulously maintained, offering amazing color and texture all year. A visit here won’t soon be forgotten.

Can you name one of the really unique things to do around Buffalo?

There are so many unique things to do around Buffalo that it would be hard to narrow down just one. But how about ziplining? Unlike most ziplining adventures located in treed areas in parks, nature areas, and the like, Buffalo RiverWorks is located right in the heart of the riverfront district. If you are okay with heights, you won’t mind the start some 110 feet above the ground. From there you’ll zig and zag through the famous Labatt Blue 6-Pack silos, while taking in spectacular views of the surrounding riverfront area.