It's cuffin' season! now that summer is over, it's time to find somebody to keep you warm during these frigid Western New York winters. Of course that means you'll need to go on a few dates - whether it's with the same person or you're trying out a few members for the team. I put together a list of some not-so-ordinary date ideas. The same ole, same ole is boring and who has time for that!

LuxNic Luxury Picnics
When I saw this company on Instagram I was like, "Wow, that's such a unique idea!" LuxNic offers various packages, where they will set up a picnic for you at your chosen location. I think this is perfect for men, who want to do something special for their ladies. How sweet would it be to have a picnic as a first date. It's something different and more intimate than just going out to a restaurant. And now that COVID-19 cases are on the rise because of the Delta variant, it seems like a safer option than going to a crowded restaurant. There are different packages from which you can choose. The minimum is $150 and it goes up from there. Summer in Buffalo is the perfect time to have a picnic. Get out and enjoy the nice weather while we have it. You can check out LuxNic's Instagram page here.

Buffalo Bike Tours Wing Ride
For this one, you'll need to get in before it really starts getting cold. Not only does Buffalo Bike Tours offer a wing ride, where you can enjoy delicious wings, Marc Moscato, the owner, is a great champion of Black history and John Young, the original Wing King of Buffalo. While we have been restricted due to COVID-19, Buffalo Bike Tours has been doing pop up events with John Young's daughter, giving people a chance to try his famous Mumbo sauce. The wing ride gives you a really unique dining experience. You and your date will get to enjoy amazing wings in Buffalo and get to tour the city.

Earn your wings on this fresh Buffalo food tour with samples of Buffalo's best chicken wings. On this incredible journey, we’ll dive deep into Buffalo’s most fabled and famous dish. ~ Buffalo Bike Tours

You can check out the wing ride stops and book your ride on the Buffalo Bike Tours website.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
Touring Niagara Falls is definitely a unique and unforgettable date. The Maid of the Mist departs from Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point in Niagara Flass, New York. The tours begin at 9 am and run every 15 minutes. Each tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. You cannot make a reservation. Passengers can be of any age. Call 716-284-8897 or visit its website.

"You’ve never felt the power of Niagara Falls like this before. Join us on our all-new, fully electric boats to truly experience the rush from the 600,000 gallons of water falling per second. Come feel it for yourself." ~Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

Buffalo Urban Air Adventure Park
Urban Air Adventure Park at Walden Galleria offers go-karts, trampolines, climbing walls, rope courses, mini-golf, dodgeball and other fun activities. It's definitely a "fun date central" type of place for active adults. You can visit Urban Air Adventure's website to get more info.

Axe Throwing
There are several axe throwing spots in Buffalo. You can unleash your inner Paul Bunyan at these places. Get primal baby, throw an axe and see if it sticks. Now, I've never been, but I have seen people do it many times on television, and it looks quite satisfying, especially when people have been stressing you out. If you're planning a date and want to do something different or maybe it's a girls' or guys' night out. Whenever you're looking for something unique to do in Buffalo, consider axe throwing at one of these places. You can check out the different spots here.

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Misuta Chows
Eating at Misuta Chows, located in downtown Buffalo at 521 Main Street, Buffalo, is like dining in a 90s arcade of sorts. It's a funky overload of pop culture, right in the heart of Buffalo. According to its website, Misuta offers "Tokyo-inspired Japanese Street Food!" You can enjoy Tokyo Egg Rolls, Pork Gyoza, Tofu & Vegetable Miso and more. Check out the menu here.

Buffalo Riverworks Entertainment Complex
Buffalo Riverworks, located at 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, is a destination for fun! In addition to eating, depending on the time of year and COVID-19 restrictions, you can skate, get on the Ferris wheel, zip line, canoe, and more. You can check out the menu for The Ward, Riverwork's restaurant, here. Buffalo Tiki Tours sails out of Buffalo Riverworks. I'm sure your date would be impressed if you rented out a Tiki boat just for the two of you. It offers sunset cruises, whole day event rate, bachelorette and bachelor cruises and they even have a minister for weddings! Call 716-800-7568 or visit Buffalo Tiki Tours.

"Whether it’s JUST HANGING WITH FRIENDS FOR A FUN TIME or taking a romantic cruise Buffalo Tiki Tours is one of the coolest ways to get out on the water!" ~Buffalo Tiki Tours

Western New York Helicopters
If you and your date aren't afraid of heights or scared of flying, this would make an amazing date. They specialize in Buffalo and Niagara Falls waterfront helicopter tours. They are located at the Hamburg Airport,6765 Heltz Road in Lakeview. You can get more information here.

Buffalo Heritage Carousel
The Buffalo Heritage Carousel officially opened on Friday, May 28, 2021. The carousel is vintage. It's a restored De Angelis Carousel, according to a press release I received. The Buffalo Heritage Carousel is a custom-designed, vintage carousel, which was manufactured in 1924 by Spilllman Engineering in North Tonawanda.

Enclosed in a landmark building, a stunning home for this historic and rare carousel that is powered by the sun. The solar-powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel celebrates the history of carousel manufacturing in Western New York and our legacy of leadership in the use of renewable energy that began in 1901 with the transmission of hydro-electric power from Niagara Falls to Buffalo. ~ Buffalo Heritage Carousel

The carousel is open Fridays from 12 pm - 5 pm, with night hours until 7 pm weather if the weather is good, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm - 5 pm. It will be closed from September 13th to the 23rd for repairs, so don't plan a date there then. The Buffalo Heritage Carousel is located at One Marine Drive in Buffalo. If you need more information, you can call 716-493-2110 or visit its website.

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