With football season kicking off and the kids heading back to school, everyone in Western New York is starting to look towards fall and everything that autumn brings.
Now, while apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice everything abound, don't pack away the summer shorts just yet.
We still have several days of warm weather to enjoy in Buffalo and it's not too late to still enjoy some fun in the sun.
But since school is back in session, you may not be able to just hop on a cheap flight with the kids to some fun destination anymore. There are plenty of great things you can do right here in the 716 (and maybe the 585 as well) where you can pack up the car and take a quick day trip for a few hours.
With that in mind, here are four (4) quick day trips that you can take with the kids on a Saturday or Sunday (or maybe a hooky day from school and work).
Oh, and the best part about these is that they are all around an hour or so from Buffalo, New York.
Seabreeze Amusement Park - Irondequoit, New York
This historic amusement and waterpark just outside of Rochester has been around since 1879 and literally has something for everyone. My sons and I really just enjoy hanging out on the lazy river and it's still warm enough to do so.
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World - Grand Island, New York
Formerly known as Fantasy Island, this 85-acre amusement and water park has been a Western New York staple since 1961. It's just waiting for you to take a quick trip over the Grand Island Bridges to come and say hi.
Fort Niagara State Park and Old Fort Niagara - Youngstown, New York
At more than 500 acres, this state park in the northwest corner of New York state has all sorts of great things for kids to do. The best part is the historic Old Fort Niagara, which has been in existence in some capacity since 1678. Being that the park is around 30 miles from Toronto, on clear days you can see the Toronto skyline as well.
Crystal Beach - Fort Erie, Ontario
While the world-renowned amusement park that featured The Cyclone and The Comet is no longer there, Fort Erie, Ontario still has the amazing beach itself. Crystal Beach and Bay Beach feature a great playground, boat launch, amazing access to Lake Erie, great restaurants and shops along Erie Road, and great views of the Buffalo skyline. The best part is that it's only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, depending on traffic on the Peace Bridge