New York State

Traveling in and about New York State? Here are my personal experiences with things to do in New York State! From travel and tourism to great wines and New York state historic sites, I live in New York State, and want to share with you the wonderful things to do, see and enjoy in my great home state!

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


Winter does not need to stop your travels. Just consider new adventures that take advantage of playing in the snow, such as skiing, sledding, skating or even cross country skiing. How about building a snowman on the same grounds where the United States won a gold medal in men’s hockey? Or, touring New York’s wine region, but in addition to checking out the local wines, maybe go ice fishing, too. You can also visit your favorite wineries while in the Finger Lakes region. Whatever you decide to do, do not let the snow prevent you from having fun, embrace and enjoy all that winter has to offer in beautiful New York State! Here are a few spots around the state that make for great winter getaways.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter

Live in New York State and looking for a winter day trip, or weekend trip to enjoy with your family or significant other? Or perhaps you live south of the Mason-Dixon and would like to experience a great northern ski and snow season?

If you are ready to have a fantastic winter vacation, here are the top Winter Vacation Spots in New York State to visit this year:

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


1. Adirondacks

From winter skiing to summertime hiking, the Adirondack Mountains and their communities offer outstanding experiences year-round. During the winter, explore the mountains with a hike via snowshoes or cross-country skis. With about 200 miles of trails, snowmobile enthusiasts will find plenty of space to enjoy speeding along snow-covered lanes, including Lake George and Lake Champlain.

With festivals taking place throughout winter, winter is party time with Adirondacks towns and villages. Lake George celebrates its winter carnival throughout February. Ice sculptures, great food, and a polar plunge highlight the events. Other communities celebrating winter include Brant Lake, Indian Lake and Inlet.

Don’t forget to check out shopping opportunities at Adirondacks outlets and boutiques, such as Lake George Outlets with its variety of shopping opportunities. Small town shops feature unique foods and products, including maple syrup, cheese, meats, and crafts.
Check out the area’s bed and breakfast inns for your winter getaway.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


2. The Catskills

The Catskills can look like a pristine white quilt as snow covers its rolling hills, mountains and forests. Yet, that beauty invites you to be part of the winter fun. With outstanding ski resorts, as well as lodges and bed and breakfast inns, the area is ripe for a winter getaway. From fantastic skiing and snowboarding spots to trails for fun cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the Catskills is a winter enthusiast’s paradise. Rev up the snowmobile and enjoy racing along mountain trails.

But, if you are not in the mood for winter sports, how about farm life? The Catskills are home to farm stays, where people can spend a weekend staying on a working farm and help with chores, such as milking cows and feeding animals. It provides an opportunity to learn firsthand what goes into farm living.

3. Chautauqua County

Hugging Lake Erie along in western New York, Chautauqua County sees lake effect snow often during the winter (when you hear “Buffalo got snow” on the national weather station, it is usually here in ski country), creating a white canvas waiting to be explored via snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes. With more than 25 ski slopes and trails available, as well as five challenging terrains, Peek ‘n’ Peak Resort offers great winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. With hiking trails giving way to snow-covered paths, cross-country skiing fans and snowshoe enthusiasts will find the trails inviting for their winter adventures.

At the end of the day, you will want to relax and enjoy the evening. Find your way out of a locked room experience with Escape Rooms Jamestown. A locked room experience challenges you to solve puzzles and answer clues that lead your team to a safe exit from your room within the allotted time limit. You can also unwind with a glass of beer or sip a wine at Jamestown’s wineries or breweries.

4. Cooperstown

Winter may be the best time to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame as you can reserve a custom tour that focuses on your favorite team. The tour features memorabilia and exhibits specific to your team. New York Yankee fans may have to plan a whole day to tour their team’s accomplishments. Don’t forget a visit to the Fenimore Art Museum and its beautiful courtyard looking out to Lake Otsego.

Otsego Lake is beautiful no matter the time of year. During the winter, grab some skates and go ice skating on the lake (weather permitting, of course). Cooperstown may be best known for baseball, but the area is home to outstanding areas for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow tubing.

Cooperstown is home to some excellent lodging options, such as the Inn at Cooperstown, Tunnifliff Inn, Rose and Thistle B&B and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

5. Finger Lakes

With lakes in the region’s name, you know that ice fishing has to rank as one of the fun things to do in Finger Lakes during winter. Drilling a hole in one of the frozen lakes and taking part in a favorite winter activity is perfect for the Finger Lakes. Rainbow trout, bigmouth bass and perch are the fish most commonly caught during winter. Do not forget your New York State fishing license. You can print it out online (I have done this before) if you decide on a last-minute trip and do not want to wait for it in the mail.

Ganondagan State Historical Park features about 500 acres that are perfect for snowshoeing. As you walk across the snow, be on the lookout for wildlife such as fox or deer. You may also want to explore the park’s history, including the Seneca Bark Longhouse, a 17th- century tribal home.

Since the Finger Lake area is known for its wine, create your own winter wine trail, with stops at any of the dozens of wineries open year-round. Pair your favorite drink with cheese or chocolates, and you have an impressive winter outing.
While you are in the Finger Lakes, if you would like to do some winery exploration, I’ve been to more than a few:
* Estate Wineries on Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Canandaigua Lake
* Wine Tasting On the West Side Of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On the east Side of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Cayuga Lake

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


6. Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park offers a bounty of outdoor activities to warm you up during winter. Situated about an hour south of Rochester, the park has more than 60 miles of trails that can be used for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Or even snowshoeing. The park also features excellent terrain for snow tubing. Considered one of the nation’s best state parks, Letchworth State Park’s trails are perfect for exploring nature year-round.

Stay in the park at the Glen Iris Inn or consider one of the area’s hotels, only a few miles from the park’s main entrance.

7. Lake Placid

Of course, the spot of the USA’s 1980 Olympic gold-medal winning hockey team must be visited. Located in the Adirondacks, does any other place really say winter in New York better than Lake Placid?

Home to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, you can learn about the history of the winter sports. Possibly even more fun would be taking a luge or bobsled ride down the same runs as Olympians. If Olympic sports may be too fast or challenging, grab a pair of skis and head out for some cross-country skiing or try snowshoeing area trails. The Lake Placid area is perfect for the activities. Sledding is fun anytime, but there is something special about sledding at Lake Placid. Avid skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a challenging course down Whiteface Mountain.

If you just want a relaxing weekend at Lake Placid, check out area spas, museums, and art galleries.

The snow may cover the mountains, but it doesn’t stop Lake Placid from offering a great winter getaway. Click here for lodging options.

10 Best Places to Visit in New York State in Winter. While we may grumble and groan about snow sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a fabulous place to live and play during the winter.  Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for a week or two during the winter, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


8. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is beautiful in the winter. Here are some of the photos I have taken of its frozen, beautiful wintertime majesty.

Niagara Falls State Park is simply breathtaking in the wintertime. Enjoy the lightshow, the view from the Observation Tower, and walk the trails on Goat Island and Three Sisters Island. After a half-day spent walking the park, you can enjoy some of the Niagara County regional wines, including New York State Ice Wines! Yum!

10 Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls
Here is a great place to find a Niagara Falls hotel: Niagara Falls hotels.

10. Syracuse

When you’re considered the snowiest city in the United States with more than 100 inches annually, you can either hide away for three months or embrace all-things snow. Syracuse grabs winter by the horns and owns it. The home of Syracuse University basketball is also home to Winterfest. For 10 days and nights Feb. 13-23, the city welcomes locals and visitors to celebrate the area’s food, cocktails, and attractions such as ice sculptures, skating, and a treasure hunt! With local attractions open for visits, including the Erie Canal Museum and the Onondaga Historical Association museum, where you can learn about the area’s history as well as enjoy special exhibits.

Of course, with all that snow, Syracuse has to be a great spot for winter sports, right? Try ice skating at Clinton Square or Meacham Park. Located about a 30-minute drive south of the city, Song Mountain Resort offers excellent skiing options. Strap on your skis and enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along trails in Syracuse parks, including Beaver Lake Nature Center, Highland Forest, and Onondaga Lake Park. Snowmobiling fans will enjoy zipping along Highland Forest Park, as well as nearby Oneida Shores Park and Erie Canal towpath.

During your visit, Syracuse hotels offer several options for comfortable stays.

With some of the snowiest cities in the United States in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, not to mention the fabulous ski slopes of Chautauqua County and the beautiful Adirondacks, New Yorkers truly enjoy winter and revel in playing in the white stuff. From snowmobiling to snowshoeing, as well as festivals and wine trails, there is plenty to do and places to explore in New York State during the winter.

So come and embrace the winter and enjoy a fun and adventurous winter getaway in New York.

Looking for more New York State seasonal delights? Here are some great New York State getaways for you and your family to enjoy:

10 Best Christmas Towns in New York State – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a magical place to live during the holidays. Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for the holidays, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.


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Christmas Tree Farms in New York State

Christmas Tree Farms in New York State. The state of New York is one of the best locations for finding amazing Christmas Tree Farms for cutting your own holiday tree.  There are many great farms that are ideal for taking your family along for a fun holiday adventure. Build a great new family tradition by planning a weekend to visit one of the many amazing Christmas Tree farms located throughout New York State.


The state of New York is one of the best locations for finding amazing Christmas Tree Farms for cutting your own holiday tree. There are many great farms that are ideal for taking your family along for a fun holiday adventure. Build a great new family tradition by planning a weekend to visit one of the many amazing Christmas Tree farms located throughout New York State.

Christmas Tree Farms in New York State

When you plan your family trip to cut down a holiday tree, make sure to check in advance regarding policies the individual tree farm may have regarding cutting down the trees and payment. Some locations ask you to bring your own saw, but most will provide a cutting tool or go with you to pick and cut a tree. Most will accept a credit or debit card, but there are still some small farms that prefer cash only. Take a moment to research and even call in advance.

Note: One acre of Christmas trees produces oxygen for eighteen people daily!

Bailey Family Christmas Trees

Their tagline says they are the finest trees around, and who are we to say otherwise? Bailey Family Christmas Trees are located in Cambridge, New York. Trees are available to tag starting in October with just a $20 fee. Trees are all priced at $59 and they do accept cash as well as all major credit cards.

Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm

Head to Red Hook, New York and Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm for a true holiday experience. Not only can you cut your own tree, but you can pick up centerpieces, wreaths, and even meet Santa while at this location. Prices on trees are in the $70 range, but the experience on select days even includes holiday bagpipers. This is a perfect place to make it a full family event.

BJ’s Christmas Tree Farm

In Pleasant Valley, New York, you will find BJ’s Christmas Tree Farm that takes you back in time. Eastern White Pine, Douglas Fir, and Concolor Fir are the variety of choices at this farm. You’ll find not only cut your own trees but options for homemade wreaths and swags that are perfect for decorating your home. Pricing is not listed on their website, but the link to social media has options for asking questions and checking out past reviews and seasonal offerings.

Chengerian’s Tree Land

This is an award-winning Christmas tree farm located in Fulton, New York. Chenergian’s Tree Land has a superior variety of Frasier Fir for you to cut with your family. Grown with no chemicals, these are definitely a popular choice for those who prefer a green option. While pricing varies, you will want to check out their website linked above to download a coupon for your purchase before you arrive.

Carter Christmas Tree Farm

Miller Place, New York is the home of the Carter Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm. Offering White Spruce, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce, they are another great farm that allows pre-tagging the week prior to Thanksgiving most years. This helps you secure your pick ahead of time to pick up when the holiday is near. There is no information on their website currently regarding pricing or forms of payment.

Christmas Tree Farms in New York State. The state of New York is one of the best locations for finding amazing Christmas Tree Farms for cutting your own holiday tree.  There are many great farms that are ideal for taking your family along for a fun holiday adventure. Build a great new family tradition by planning a weekend to visit one of the many amazing Christmas Tree farms located throughout New York State.


Emmerich Tree Farm

Located in Warwick, New York, the Emmerich Tree Farm is more than just a holiday tree destination. This location hosts weddings, year-round events, and has an amazing tree farm that provides you and your family with a choice of Spruce or Fir varieties ranging in price from $42 up to $120 for larger options. Accepting all major credit cards or cash, this is an ideal location to take your kids and enjoy the tree cutting experience and a complimentary cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening before Christmas.

Evergreen Farm

Douglas and Fraser Fir are the featured options alongside Spruce at the Evergreen Farm in the Hudson Valley area. Accepting only cash or checks, the prices here range from $25-$65.

Evergreen View Farm Christmas Trees

For only $30 you can pick up a great cut your own Christmas tree at the Evergreen View Farm located in Lowville, New York. They only accept cash, but that will get you a great tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and an amazing experience with your children and family.

Fox Ridge Christmas Tree Farm

Another great option in Warwick, New York is the Fox Ridge Christmas Tree Farm. The biggest selling point here is that all trees are only $45. If you are on a budget, this is a perfect experience but they are only open two days per season and only accept check and cash.

Jurek Plantations

Near Buffalo, New York the Jurek Plantations is a family-owned operation that has been supplying local fresh Christmas trees for eons. Cut-your-own trees are available to 12′ high and are priced starting at $45.99 (pre-cut are less expensive). This is a great operation – you can borrow a saw, your tree is baled for free, you can get help loading and tying down your tree! There are three locations one in Clarence (which also offers wagon rides on weekends), Franklinville (this farm provides the pre-cut trees they sell, pre-cut only), and Akron.

Use this coupon to save $5 off a cut-your-own (or pre-cut) Fraiser Fir, White Fir, Douglas Fir, Canaan F‏ir, Balsam Fir, Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Austrian Pine, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, or White Spruce Christmas Tree! (Check the website for what location sells which type of tree).

Kelly’s Tree Farm

Balsam and Fraser Fir are the choices available at Kelly’s Tree Farm in Croghan, New York. One of the top features of this farm is the ability to go in October to pick your tree and tag it prior to the official cutting season beginning after Thanksgiving. While their website does not show prices or information about whether they accept credit cards, it is easy to contact them using their online form or social media with questions.

Moore Tree Farm

Moore Tree Farm in Groton, New York has been a popular choice for over 30 years. Average trees are priced at $49.95, with smaller options in the $27.95 range and larger options priced at $149. They do also offer lower-cost pre-cut versions if that is of interest. Accepting cash, and most major credit cards, they are a convenient location to those in the Ithaca region.

Mountain Ash Tree Farm

Near Rochester, New York, you will find Mountain Ash Tree Farm offers 11 varieties of fir and spruce trees to choose from for your holiday tree. Pricing varies here but all major credit cards and cash are accepted.

Nitsche Tree Farm

Lindley, New York is the home of Nitsche Tree Farm. There aren’t a lot of details online about this farm, but the images on their social media show great trees from the 2017 season. It is well worth checking them out if you live in the area.

Pine View Farm

A historic farm turned Christmas tree farm, Pine View Farm is a great destination to take your family to cut your own tree if you are near the Hudson Valley. This beautiful farm offers Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Meyer Spruce, and White Spruce. All trees are priced at $63 and they only accept cash and personal checks as of the 2017 season information. This is a rustic location, and does not offer the gift shops and other experiences of other tree farms, but does offer amazing trees.

Christmas Tree Farms in New York State. The state of New York is one of the best locations for finding amazing Christmas Tree Farms for cutting your own holiday tree.  There are many great farms that are ideal for taking your family along for a fun holiday adventure. Build a great new family tradition by planning a weekend to visit one of the many amazing Christmas Tree farms located throughout New York State.


Saltsman Tree Farm

The Saltsman Tree Farm is a smaller location that has been family owned and operated for over thirty years in Rhinebeck, New York. Prices vary depending on the size of the tree and they only accept cash and checks as of the end of their 2017 season. As they have run out of trees early in December in the past, it is recommended you visit as soon as possible in the season to pick your family tree.

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm

The name says it all! Head to Cutchogue, New York for Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm and a wonderful family-friendly tree cutting experience. Santa Claus and live reindeer are on the premises throughout the holiday season to help make the experience more fanciful for your family. Trees are $85 and up, but the experience and free hot cocoa make this more than reasonable for those wanting to really help their children get into the Christmas spirit.

Wilbert’s Christmas Tree Farm

One of the best Christmas tree farms in New York for the budget is Wilbert’s Christmas Tree Farm located in Williamson, New York. Prices range from $35 for an average sized tree you cut on your own. For pre-cut or larger trees, you may pay between $45-$60. They accept cash, Visa, and MasterCard.

Note If you live in Western New York, there is a WNY Christmas Trees website with more information. There are a lot of Christmas Tree farms listed for Erie County. There is also a telephone number you can call to inquire about a Christmas Tree farm near you!
(I am not certain how old the site is, I picked up the pamphlet at an outdoors show I went to with Hubby.)

Don’t see a Christmas Tree Farm listed here near you? Check out the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York for a Christmas Tree Farm in your area! I needed to take a photo for this post, put in my zip code and got 20-something farms within 25 miles. There are a LOT of Christmas tree farms in NYS! My nearest one used to be within walking distance. For the photo, I had to drive 10 minutes to their next closest location (the closest one got sold a few years ago as urban sprawl took over).

There are so many amazing Christmas tree farms in the state of New York. This list includes a wide variety around the state and also has a good variety of budgets represented. Make new memories this year by using this list to create a family outing just in time for the holidays.

If you are looking for more things to do in New York State, check out these posts:

10 Best Christmas Towns in New York State – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a magical place to live during the holidays. Whether you are a New York resident, or you are visiting for the holidays, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.

15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State – Halloween is a spooktacular time of year! Ghosts and goblins abound everywhere – and most especially in New York State. Spooky and fun family attractions your entire clan will love abound in this great state, so I have gotten together a list of my favorite 15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in NYS for you to visit and explore. Have a haunting good time.

300 Things To Do In Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY – This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do, to things only locals know about, this great list of 300 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it!


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10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York

10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York. There is a lot to see and in Buffalo, New York that will not cost your family any money. Whether you live in Buffalo and want something cheap to do on a weekend, are visiting for the first, or fiftieth time, there is always a great new interesting place to explore.


There is a lot to see and in Buffalo, New York that will not cost your family any money. Whether you live in Buffalo and want something cheap to do on the weekend, are visiting for the first, or fiftieth time, there is always a great new interesting place to explore.

10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York

While I have my master list of 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY (I told ya there is a lot to do here!), I compiled this list of 10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, NY for the days you would like something to do without spending a lot.

Whether a local or a tourist, these ten free things to do in Buffalo are worth the time:

1. Tour Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo’s city hall offers free tours! Visit at noon on a weekday for an hour-long tour of the 32-story building, which includes the observation deck with a 360° view of the city (on a clear day you can see Niagara Falls!) and the mayor’s office. Meet in the main lobby of the building to begin the tour.

The city hall building itself is an Art Deco masterpiece that was completed in 1931. When you go inside, you will see why it is considered one of the premier City Hall buildings in the country.

10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York. There is a lot to see and in Buffalo, New York that will not cost your family any money. Whether you live in Buffalo and want something cheap to do on a weekend, are visiting for the first, or fiftieth time, there is always a great new interesting place to explore.


2. Canalside Buffalo

Canalside is an event hotspot at the intersection of Pearl Street and Marine Drive. The formerly deserted area now hosts free events, concerts, and workout groups. Grain elevators light up every night until 11pm for a colorful photo opportunity. If you visit Buffalo in the summer, you are likely to stumble upon something fun at Canalside!

While it is free to walk around, attend events, and take pictures with iconic statues, there are other attractions at Canalside that cost money, like ice cream shops and children’s museums. Take advantage of the free events by checking out the calendar!

3. Shakespeare in the Park

Cities all over the world celebrate the theatrical tradition of performing Shakespeare outdoors. Buffalo’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park (also known as SDP) is free and family-friendly. Since it is outdoors, Shakespeare in the Park is a seasonal attraction.

Founded in 1976 by students from SUNY Buffalo, SDP is one of the largest Shakespeare in the Park companies in the country. Every summer, they host one comedy and one tragedy. For a more family-friendly experience, make sure you attend their comedy show! So grab some popcorn, pop, and lawn chairs, and head over to the next Shakespeare in the Park!

4.Japanese Garden at Mirror Lake

This beautiful Japenese garden is perfect for hiking, photos, and just relaxing. It represents the connection Buffalo has with the city of Kanazawa, Japan, with an homage to Japanese shrubbery and architecture. Located behind the Historical Museum, the Japanese garden connects to the rest of Delaware Park, and it is free to explore this tiny paradise, so get your blanket and a camera ready and find a spot to relax!

The Japanese Garden was constructed in 1974 with the help of Japanese architects and landscape gardeners to ensure its authenticity. To celebrate Japanese culture there’s an annual Cherry Blossom Festival in the springtime! The festival offers free activities as well as paid options.

5. Albright-Knox Art Gallery

On the first Friday of every month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery offers free admission! At the art gallery, you will find contemporary works from artists like Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. The museum is open until 10 pm on Friday nights, so you will have plenty of time to squeeze a visit into your schedule!

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been collecting art for well over a century. Their timeline shows their art acquisitions dating back to 1862 and which art style was used.

10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York. There is a lot to see and in Buffalo, New York that will not cost your family any money. Whether you live in Buffalo and want something cheap to do on a weekend, are visiting for the first, or fiftieth time, there is always a great new interesting place to explore.


6. Forest Lawn Cemetery

Visit Forest Lawn Cemetary. I know it sounds odd, but Forest Lawn is both fascinating and beautiful. Using the self-guided tour app you can tour the cemetery for free visiting the notable graves within. Notable graves include US President Millard Fillmore, Seneca Indian Chief Red Jacket, as well as Song Writer Rick James.

Of course there is a paid tour available if you would like a guide and presenters.

7. War of 1812 Walking Tour

You can use this map to walk (or drive) the historic War of 1812 Trail.

8. Movies in the Meadow

very Friday evening in the month of August, the Parkside Community Association hosts the annual “Movies in the Meadow” program. Movies begin just after dusk in beautiful Delaware Park behind the Parkside Lodge (84 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214).

9. Slow Roll Buffalo

Looking for something active to do in Buffalo? Slow Roll Buffalo is a free, slow-paced community bike ride that takes place every Monday. The event’s mission is simple: have fun exercising at your own pace. You’ll need to bring your own bike, and children under 14 are required to wear helmets (according to New York State law). Bring your bikes to Buffalo to enjoy this 10-mile leisurely ride!
To maintain everyone’s safety, Slow Roll Buffalo utilizes a police motorcade. There are sometimes over a thousand riders, all of whom can ride without worrying about a dangerous activity. This weekly event is truly safe and accessible for people of all ages!

10 Free Things to Do in Buffalo, New York. There is a lot to see and in Buffalo, New York that will not cost your family any money. Whether you live in Buffalo and want something cheap to do on a weekend, are visiting for the first, or fiftieth time, there is always a great new interesting place to explore.


10. Allentown Historic Neighborhood

This Buffalo neighborhood is historic, hip, and luxurious. In June, the Allentown Art Festival draws thousands of visitors to Buffalo for vendors and craft beer (image above). The festival is free to attend! You can also catch some live musical performances on the weekends. Every Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm, a Celtic jam group performs at Nietzche’s, a casual bar in the neighborhood. Grab a beer and enjoy the show!

And while you are in Allentown, walk the streets for some beautiful, historic architecture. These types of homes are not available in many cities, but the Allentown district offers some real show-stoppers.

Western New York is full of wonderful attractions, and most of them are right in the heart of Buffalo. A weekend in this city is inexpensive, family-friendly, and fun. If you have not been to Buffalo already, add it to your bucket list!

You can spend as much or as little as you like to take in the area attractions, but these free items are a great way to spend less when you are enjoying your day trip, or week’s vacation, in the city of Buffalo.

If you decide to stay overnight, here is a great places to find a hotel: Buffalo, NY hotels.


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