Whether you are vacationing in the Buffalo area, or saving some money by spending your vacation right here at home, there are many ways to enjoy the day without spending a dime in Buffalo, New York.
There are very few sights more beautiful or invigorating than the majestic Niagara Falls. Goat Island gives you a great view of the rapids, as well as access to the Visitor Center at Prospect Point. Saturdays in the summer are filled with bridal parties creating memories of their special day.
New York State is surrounded by beautiful parks, and threaded with amazing waterfalls and lush gorges. Letchworth State Park, about an hour and a half from Buffalo, is well worth the drive. Look for the Hot Air Balloon releases. Watch from above as the colorful balloons descend into the gorge.
Beaver Island State Park can be found on Grand Island, New York and is a perfect place to take the kids for a day at the beach. Plenty of picnic and playground areas are located throughout the park.
Evengola State Park is not just a beach. It offers plenty of opportunities for recreation with tennis and basketball courts as well as baseball and soccer fields.
If you’re looking for the true nature experience, Allegany State Park, is the place for you. Filled with hiking trails and beaches, it is the perfect spot to get back to nature.
Maybe a little music is what you had in mind? Canal Fest of the Tonawandas (July 19-26, 2009), Tuesday in the Park (June 9 – August 25, 2009), Thursday at the Square (May 28-July30, 2009), and Concerts in the Park all offer free outdoor concerts. From Peter Frampton to The Avett Brothers, there is something for everyone. The University at Buffalo brings you the Buffalo Philharmonic on July 21st and Taylor Made Jazz on August 4th in their UB On The Green summer concert series.
Looking for something the kids will enjoy? Try the Evangola Pirate Fest during the last weekend in July. Or for the car enthusiasts, be sure to check out the Summer in the City Super Car Cruise August 21st and 22nd.
Want something fun and educational? Shakespeare in the Park offers a unique outdoor performance under the stars.
Last, but not least, you can’t spend time in Buffalo without trying some of our local specialties. While the food isn’t free, there are tons of festivals where admission is free, and you can sample some of our cuisine at reasonable prices, such as Canal Fest and Taste of Niagara (July25-29, 2009).
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