Here are 9 fun and unique date ideas in downtown Buffalo

Fortunately, downtown Buffalo has found signs of life after nearly turning into a ghost town during the height of the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong, some businesses have closed, like The Chocolate Bar, Rainbow, and Bank of America, but new businesses have moved in. Spent the day enjoying the great weather, exploring downtown and seeing some of the new stuff. , as well as some of the staples. If you’re looking for a date night, night out, or weekend getaway, you can save gas and enjoy all the activities downtown has to offer. .

1. Staycation in the Heart of Downtown Buffalo

Why not get romantic and stay right downtown? There are plenty of hotels to choose from, including the Hilton Garden Inn, which has an indoor pool. Or maybe stay closer to Canalside at the Courtyard by Marriott.

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

2. Buffalo Heritage Carousel

edge of the canal
44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

The Buffalo Heritage Carousel is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $1 to ride. There are also several displays that tell the story of the carousel’s history.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Youmg (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

3. Have a nice dinner

There are tons of amazing restaurants downtown. You can get any type of cuisine. Plus, be as chic or casual as you want. Here are a few to get you started.

Misuto Chows
521 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203
716-259-8228

Misuta Chow’s transports you across the world to the bustling yokocho alleys of Tokyo city, serving authentic Japanese street food available to take away!

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

The flaming fish
535 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
716-322-5480

The Flaming Fish serves a generous selection of food items. We truly have something for everyone, even those who don’t like seafood. After all, we want every Buffalonian to taste The Flaming Fish difference! Some of the delicious entrees we have include Fried Haddock, Fried Breaded Shrimp and Seasoned Tilapia.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

Tappo-Restaurant
338 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
716-259-8130

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

4. Cycle around the canal

Canalside Information Kiosk

The bikes are super affordable. You can even take the Queen City Bike Ferry to the outer harbour.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY members get the first hour free
Non-members pay only $1 for the first hour
Daily rentals are $15

Canalside has partnered with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York to offer bike rentals on the Canalside boardwalk!

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

The Queen City Bike Ferry is a quick way to get your bike to the outer harbour. This is about a 5-10 minute trip (including boarding and crossing the water). It’s $1 each way. You can buy tickets at a machine in Canalside or Outer Harbor.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

5. BFLO harbor and kayaking

Located at Canalside (44 Prime Street in Buffalo), it offers pedal boats, paddle boards and kayak rentals. The 2022 season begins on Memorial Day weekend. It is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Call 716-288-5309 or visit their website.

Our paddleboard and kayak rentals include everything you need to enjoy a relaxing trip on the water. Explore the Buffalo River at your leisure or book one of our tours to learn more about Buffalo’s great industrial past! ~ Buffalo Harbor and Kayaking

Photo by Brandon McDonald on Unsplash

Photo by Brandon McDonald on Unsplash

6. Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

1 Fulton Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

The casino is open 24 hours a day. Why not have an evening where you and your sweetheart feel like they’re in Las Vegas, but you’re actually in downtown Buffalo? The casino has a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can dance and try your luck.

The time of your life is happening at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. We redefine excitement with over 1,001 of the most popular slot games, from the newest video poker to familiar classics, plus over 30 table games from baccarat to blackjack.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

7. Have a picnic
1 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

On my way to Canalside from the radio station, I passed Seneca One and noticed their lovely courtyard. If you and Bae are pressed for time, why not have a quick lunch together while enjoying the outdoors? Or you can picnic at Canalside – there’s plenty of green space.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

8. Watch a movie

The AMC Market Arcade 8
639 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
716-803-6250

Berlin cinemas reopen during the coronavirus pandemic

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9. Catch a show

If movies aren’t your thing, how about a live show? You can catch local or national shows at the Road Less Traveled Theater or Shea’s.

Roads Less Traveled Productions
456 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

Shea’s Buffalo Theater
650 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Photo credit: Google Maps

Photo credit: Google Maps

If you want to do a whole day of dating, you can take the train up and down Main Street downtown (everything above ground) for FREE.

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By Yasmin Young (used with permission)

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