While there are plenty of options for things to do and places to see inside the boundaries of Buffalo, it’s nice to get away from it all once in a while. Buckle up and head out of town to check out these eleven great day trip destinations!
1. Niagara Falls, USA
We'll start with the obvious. Venture north of the city to Niagara Falls, USA for shopping, sight-seeing, adventures like the Maid of the Mist, or try your luck at the Seneca Niagara casino!
2. Ellicottville, NY
Whether you're a ski bunny or more of the window-shopping type, Ellicottville has plenty of options for year-round entertainment! Head to the spa or salt cave to relax, shop for unique home decor and clothing on Main Street, and stay for the late night scene at Ellicottville Brewing Company or Balloons.
3. Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY
Built in 1726, Old Fort Niagara sits proudly on the shores of Lake Ontario in Youngstown, NY. Enjoy learning about the history of the fort year-round through either guided or self-guided tours. As an added bonus, if you visit Old Fort Niagara during one of their special events, you'll get the full effect with reenactors on-site.
4. Letchworth State Park, Letchworth, NY
Coined as "The Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park consists of over 66 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls as high as 600 feet, and year-round activities for visitors. You can even choose to turn your day trip into an overnight with their tent and trailer campsites and winterized cabins.
5. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
This museum blows – in a good way! Founded in 1951, the Corning Museum of Glass houses houses glass artifacts thousands of years old. While you definitely don't want to touch certain exhibits, the museum also offers make-your-own glass sessions for beginners and courses for all levels of glass making year-round.
6. Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY
Considered the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement, the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora offers tours, field trips, and educational programming. Fill your brain with knowledge of the campus and then head over to the restaurant for a hearty meal!
7. Museum of Science and Technology, Syracuse, NY
This hands-on museum of science is a must-visit for families. The "MoST" museum is fun for people of all ages with several interactive exhibits, an IMAX theater, and planetarium. Located in the heart of Syracuse, NY, the MoST is a great spot to visit for a day trip or make it a mini "staycation" for more family fun!
8. Presque Isle, Erie, PA
Presque Isle in Erie, PA is a quick drive from the city of Buffalo and a popular summer spot for beach-goers. Named by "Birders World Magazine" as one of the top birdwatching locations in the country, Presque Isle also has great beaches, biking trails, and features open air concerts every Wednesday night in the summer months.
9. Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Visitors to the Chautauqua Institution can stay for the day, night, or longer for educational experiences in arts, religion, and recreation. The Institution is a non-profit organization located minutes from Chautauqua Lake.
10. Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH
If you're craving some warmth, head west of the city to Cleveland and visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden. With over 10 gardens to explore, you can experience everything from birds, butterflies, and beautiful plants to lizards, tortoises, and tropical trees!
11. Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, NY
Located in Ashford Hollow, the Griffis Sculpture Park is a 400-acre outdoor exhibit consisting of 250 sculptures. The park is a great place for families to explore and photographers to snap shots of plenty of unique subjects.
Where are your go-to spots to travel outside of Buffalo? Share your favorites with us!