1. The Weather
Contrary to popular stereotype, Buffalo is not always snow and ice. Though summertime seems to come and go all too quickly, the few months of sunshine we’re blessed with are actually near perfect. With daytime temperatures generally falling in the 70s and 80s, it’s never too hot. Adequate rainfall that peaks in the overnight hours is also optimal. Unlike in the south, Western New York’s comfortable climate allows its inhabitants to genuinely enjoy the outdoors—and that’s something we certainly never take for granted.
2. The Waterfront
Foreigners always seem shocked to learn that Buffalo is surrounded by water. Nestled along the Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario lies the City of Good Neighbors. A few minutes up the river, you’ll find the great Niagara Falls and its corresponding tourist attractions. In addition, let’s not forget the historic Erie Canal which meets the River between downtown Buffalo and the Falls. Whether you own a boat or simply appreciate the view, with so much available to us, it’s easy to get out and enjoy Western New York’s beautiful waters.
3. Outdoor Recreation
As well as the exciting activities that take place on the water, the Buffalo-Niagara region is home to a number of bike paths, hiking trails, and other areas designated for outdoor recreation. Did you know Delaware Park was designed by the same two men credited for Central Park in Manhattan?!
4. The Music Scene
Excited for Dave Matthew's annual show at Darien Lake? Or simply looking to enjoy a cheap night night out with your friends? Between First Niagara Center, Canalside, and Artpark, we've got performances to satisfy everyone. There are also many smaller venues hosting some great shows this year! The Fray will be playing at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda on July 27th —definitely something to check out.
Canal Fest, Italian Fest, Wing Fest—the list is never-ending. We've got a lot going on here in Western New York, and in true Buffalonian fashion, we're proud of it. Whether you're sampling fine dining at the Taste of Buffalo or exploring your artistic side at the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, there's always some sort of celebration happening. How wonderful is it to live in a place so lively?
6. The Wineries
Located along the lower Niagara River one can find the Niagara Wine Trail. These wineries offer a diverse selection of wines to serve all tastes. Regarded as an up-and-coming region, the Niagara Wine Trail is the perfect adventure for a multitude of occasions.
7. The Transit Drive-In
With around 360 drive-in movie theaters left across the US, the communal experience previous generations were once accustomed to has now become a rarity. Not to worry though, because Western New York has kept the tradition going strong! Looking to enjoy a night under the stars? The Transit Drive-In has got you covered. With double-features offered every night, it's a steal compared to your average movie theater. Not only that, but Tuesdays are retro movie night! They cover all your favorites from The Goonies and Jurassic Park, to Dirty Dancing and Stand By Me. My suggestion—follow @TransitDriveIn on Twitter for the latest updates on exciting events. You won't be disappointed.