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A Weekend in Buffalo, New York

A Weekend in Buffalo, New York

Over Memorial Day weekend I flew to New York for one of my best friend’s weddings! Spending three days in the area was the perfect amount of time to explore and see all the sights. Here’s a day-by-day account of my trip along with my favorite things to do in Buffalo!

DAY 1: Wedding Day in Lockport, NY

We flew out from California on Friday afternoon and got into Buffalo at 1 AM on Saturday and drove to our hotel in Lockport, NY. I was so excited to see two of my wonderful friends, and the next morning we met up at the maid of honor’s house to get ready for the big day. 

It had been raining before we arrived, but it cleared up and the sun came out just in time! Everything was laid out so beautifully for the ceremony on the Erie Canal, and afterwards we all piled into a paddleboat for cocktail hour and went through the locks on the canal. 

DAY 2: Buffalo, NY

We did a little bit of exploring around Buffalo, and for your morning coffee and pastries you should definitely try Tim Horton’s Iced Capp! Walking along Canalside there’s some food trucks and a lot of water sports you can try out, and fun areas with giant board games. One of our favorite things to do was going brewery hopping, my favorites including Big Ditch Brewing Company for some great food to pair with drinks and Thin Man Brewery, which is also a late-night bar with live music. And, of course, you have to try some buffalo wings while you’re in… Buffalo! So head to Anchor Bar!

Day 3: Niagara Falls

The best way to see Niagara Falls is to view it from the Canadian side, and you can hop over the border and back in a matter of a few hours. We parked near the border on the American side of Rainbow Bridge and walked over to the other side into Canada, which has a beautiful view of the falls as well. Make sure you bring your passport! 

After going through border patrol we walked down the road about 20 minutes to the Canadian visitor center, where we bought tickets to Journey Behind the Falls. The self-guided tour is a great way to see the falls from the bottom. I’d rather do this tour than the Hornblower, where you usually wait in a line that’s 3 hours long, since you’re packed like sardines on a boat ride to get drenched. At least with Journey Behind the Falls you can get drenched on your own time!

After seeing the Canadian side, we headed back to the falls on the American side to see Goat Island, another viewing point. It’s a pretty area to walk around but unfortunately you’re looking down at the falls so you don’t get to see much of the actual waterfall.

Our flight took off in the evening so it was a great weekend trip to see all the main sights, and of course to see my beautiful best friend get married! 🙂 

I also made a vlog on my YouTube channel so check it out!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

For 4th of July weekend, Eddie and I took a redeye flight out to Baltimore to meet up with our parents, which was also where the plane was stored. We flew the Mooney to Niagra Falls airport near Buffalo, NY and took a cab into the city. Rather than staying on the American side of the falls, we walked over Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian border and had a fantastic view.
I called up two of my friends, Wes and Emma, that live in the Buffalo area to catch up and hang out. I had to take a bus to the Canadian border, walk over and get brutally questioned, then they picked me up and took me to the town they live. We had a traditional Buffalo style pizza and chicken wings, which was so delicious. Emma lives on a 20 acre property out in the country side with the woods as her backyard and as the sun set, the fireflies lit up the huge trees.
The next day Dad bought a Niagara Falls pass so we toured the caves behind the falls, Hornblower, whirlpool walk, and some others that were included. We pretty much did every touristy thing that had to do with the falls so I was ready to relax after!
I had to go to work on Monday so Dad flew Eddie and me out to Baltimore for our flight. Since we had about 7 hours to kill, Eddie and I drove out to Washington D.C. for the day to do some sightseeing. It was a great weekend and I’m excited for some more adventures soon!
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