The Buffalo-Niagara region of New York is not only a great place to live, but a great launching pad for all kinds of weekend adventures. It’s a short ride from Buffalo to a major international city, a number of award-winning wineries and a few famous sports halls of fame, or a quick plane ride to numerous cities east of the Mississippi and in the Midwest. Here are four weekend getaway ideas for people of all ages living in the Buffalo, New York, area.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Get away to a major international metropolitan area featuring shopping, museums, sports, food and much more. Toronto is approximately a two-hour drive from the Buffalo area, give or take some time at the border. Don’t forget your passports or enhanced IDs! Once there, check out shopping at the Eaton Centre, the third largest mall in Canada featuring more than 250 stores, or the Bloor-Yorkville area for more upscale boutiques. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario attract travelers of all ages for special events and exhibits, and sports fans can check out the Blue Jays (MLB), Maple Leafs (NHL), Marlies (AHL), Rock (NLL) and Toronto FC (MLS) before taking a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Finger Lakes – The Finger Lakes region of New York, located approximately two hours from Buffalo by car, is home to some of the northeast’s top wineries and a growing brewery and distillery business, but there are more than grapes in the region. The Finger Lakes is also home to the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning’s Gaffer District with more than 100 shops, galleries, museums and restaurants, Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International, which hosts auto racing and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.
Cooperstown, NY – Cooperstown is most often associated with the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there are other things that will keep non-sports fans happy. Located approximately four hours from the Buffalo area, Cooperstown is also home to the Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Glimmerglass Festival for opera lovers and the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, featuring Ommegang Brewery and Fly Creek Cider Mill.
Let someone else get you there – Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers non-stop departures to a number of cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Boston, Orlando, Tampa, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. If you’re not a fan of flying, Amtrak offers services to many of the same cities from its stations on Exchange St. in downtown Buffalo and in Depew.