5 Things to Do in Buffalo this Summer

With high heat and humidity, it can be easy to feel bogged down and opt to stay inside in the air-conditioned sanctity of your home during these summer months. Although it may seem like an impossible feat, there are many ways to beat the heat this summer, especially in Buffalo! Here are just a few...

1. Ice Cream. Getting ice cream is a summer must. Not only is it a delicious treat that cools you off a few degrees, but inviting friends to go out for ice cream is the summer replacement of asking someone to meet you for coffee. In WNY area check out: Lake Effect Ice Cream, Anderson's, Hibbard's Custard, Churn, and Dee Dee's Dairy.

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2. The Beach. Sure, we don't have an ocean beach, but lake beaches are just as good and lack the salty aftermath. Relax, get a tan, and enjoy the outdoors on either Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. From Woodlawn, to Bennett, to Mickey Rats, to Sunset Bay, you don't have to go far away to get a beach day in WNY.

3. Swimming. If you love water, but the beach isn't really your thing, there are still plenty of ways to get your water fix in the Buffalo area. With public pools, local YMCAs, specific swimming areas around the Niagara Falls Gorge, and an adventurist's favorite--cliff jumping in Zoar Valley, you can cool off in whatever style suits you best. 

4. Visit A Museum. Going to an art gallery like the Albright Knox or Burchfield Penny or museums like the Buffalo Museum of Science or The Buffalo History Museum is a great way to take in some of the treasures of the area while simultaneously escaping to a air conditioned venue.

5.Get Active. Hiking in the Niagara Gorge, Lawson Park, or any trail in the WNY area provides some shade away from the sun. Sometimes the best way to deal with the heat is to embrace it. Getting sweaty on a jog, bike ride, or kayaking can make you break a hot sweat in the moment, but leave you feeling cooler and refreshed once you're done. Embrace the few months of sun and shine in Buffalo and get yourself to your local activity path!

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