New York is such a dynamic place in the summertime. Not only is it a top spot for taking road trips, there is also a lot of access to the water all over the state.

From fresh water to ocean sea water, you can find just about whatever you need in the Empire State.

Which is, of course, why Buffalo is often one of the best places to be in the state due to our proximity to two great lakes, along with several other great inland lakes. But, where does someone go if they want to be near the water?

4 Of The Best Lakes To Check Out In Buffalo, New York

If the urge to connect with the water hits you while you're in the 716, you have several great options to choose from:

Lake Ontario

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The smallest of the 5 Great Lakes, Lake Ontario is the last stop for water before it heads down the St. Lawrence Seaway before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has several spots on its shores that give you great access to the water, including a fan favorite Fort Niagara.

Lake Erie

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Sitting right on the City, Lake Erie is home to several great attractions in Buffalo, with direct access to the lake at Canalside, along with just about every beach south of Niagara Falls.

Chautauqua Lake

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Photo by Liz Caldwell on Unsplash

This 17-mile lake in Chautauqua County is a Western New York treasure. Being only around 1-hour away from Buffalo makes it one of the best places for a day-trip. Chautauqua Lake is very popular for boating and other water activities.

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A true hidden gem, right in the middle of the City. Hoyt Lakes is set inside what many consider the greatest park in all of New York State, Delaware Park. Hoyt Lake, with an average depth of only around 5-feet, has plenty to do around it like the flamingo paddle boats.

10 of the Best River and Lake Cruises in Upstate New York

With thousands of miles of water frontage in Upstate New York, it is no wonder that there are so many excellent opportunities to cruise them in style. Here are ten top cruises to consider for your summer vacation bucket list. They included cruises on lakes, the St. Lawrence River, the Hudson, and the Erie Canal. Book early!

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