Although the winters may be harsh, there’s no denying that Buffalo is the perfect, centrally located area. Finding a destination for a day trip isn’t difficult with so many natural attractions and cute towns. Usually, day trips could include some visits to Canada, but this year our list will consist of exclusively New York attractions. Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking to get away for a day.
This first one is obvious, but visit Niagara Falls! Whether you’ve seen the Falls dozens of times or a native that’s never gotten around to visiting, Niagara Falls is an excellent option for those who want to spend some time outside but might not be up for an extensive hike or lengthy drive. After visiting the Falls, explore some of the nearby towns, like Lewiston. While in Lewiston, check out the local attractions like the Artpark or Freedom Crossing.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, visit what’s called “The Grand Canyon of the East” in Letchworth State Park. Only 50 miles from Buffalo, Letchworth State Park is a local oasis and a perfect destination for a day trip.
ELLICOTVILLE AND ALLEGANY STATE PARK
Another destination for those looking to spend the day outside is Ellicottville. Close to Allegany State Park, Ellicottville boasts numerous shops and restaurants to keep everyone in the family occupied. Simultaneously, Allegany State Park provides beautiful hiking trails and opportunities to cool off in the lake.
If you’d like to stay out of the sun, explore one of the dozens of local museums here in Buffalo. If you fancy a drive, visit the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester or the Corning Museum of Glass.
OLD FORT NIAGARA
If you have any history buffs in the family, visit Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown. The oldest, continuously occupied military site in North America is a sight to see right off the coast of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.
Just 25 miles south of Buffalo lies the beautiful town of East Aurora. Home of the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, East Aurora is a quaint village with lots of attractions to enjoy. Visit the Millard Fillmore House, or just enjoy strolling the streets and stopping by the local shops and restaurants.
Most of us have spent the last year inside, and many of us have had travel plans postponed or canceled. Western New York is a beautiful area that can be explored while remaining safe. We encourage everyone to enjoy the warm weather, and perhaps the travel bug will be satisfied with these exciting day trips.