It’s always a good idea to stretch your legs after you’ve spent substantial time exploring Buffalo beaches and enjoying your favorite summertime sweets, but we don’t want to get too crazy here. Buffalo summers can be brutally humid, which is why we prefer to ease into our outdoor exercise. Here are nine of the best hikes in Buffalo that are also nice and easy. You’ll want to knock these off your summer bucket list ASAP.

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What are the best free things to do in Buffalo?

Queen City has lots of fun and free activities perfect for the whole family and friend groups of all ages! Some of the awesome free things to do in Buffalo include a visit to the observation deck in city hall for sweeping views of the city, and at ground level you can visit the Shark Girl statue at Canalside. A tour of the breath taking Our Lady of Victory Basilica is also always free and truly a sight to behold. If you are looking to stay in the fresh air, you can check out our list of free outdoor activities in Buffalo.

Which hidden gems in Buffalo should I visit?

There are lots of hidden gems in Buffalo that will allow you to experience fun and local adventure without the crowds that you often find in the city. If you are looking for some underrated places in Buffalo to check out, you can start at the always exciting CEPA Gallery. This spot highlights contemporary arts and is sure to inspire you with its collection of photography and visual arts. Since it's situated at the top of a mall, you can even fit in some shopping afterwards. Or maybe nature is more your thing than art? Then you'll definitely want to take a hike along the stunning Whirlpool Rapids trail. The clear blue water and impressive views are sure to take your breath away.

What are the most beautiful lakes in Buffalo?

Some of the best lakes around Buffalo are utterly idyllic and definitely a bit underrated. Of course Lake Eerie and Lake Ontario (which technically belongs to Canada but does graze our shores,) are obviously the best known, but you can also take a dip in one of the 11 finger lakes that are all a nearby drive to Buffalo. Or perhaps you want something truly low key, then a dip in Darien Lake, just forty minutes outside of Buffalo might be perfect for you. Despite its proximity to Six Flags, the setting is actually very charming and quite quiet. And if you still haven't gotten enough of water views, then you can choose to dine right on lake Eerie at one of these delectable waterfront restaurants in Buffalo.