Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start thinking about ways to beat the wintertime blues! We still have a few months until spring arrives in Buffalo Niagara, but there are still plenty of ways to keep busy and have some cold weather fun. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit.

Buffalo Riverworks

Situated along the banks of the Buffalo River, you will find a large complex full of entertainment and dining options. Buffalo Riverworks hosts a variety of popular winter sports, including ice skating, hockey, and curling. The facility also has a two-level ropes course, escape rooms, brewery tours and concerts. There is something for everyone here, but please note that you will need to make reservations ahead of time.

are you brave enough to cross that bridge?

hit the ice while at Canalside


Within walking distance of Riverworks and across the Buffalo River is Canalside Buffalo, where you will find more ice skating and hockey, as well as unique activities like ice bumper cars and ice bike rentals. Once you have had your fill of ice sports, get your picture taken with the famous “Shark Girl” and then head next door to see the Naval & Military Park.

Buffalo Zoo

Warm weather is not essential for a visit to the Buffalo Zoo, as there are plenty of indoor exhibits to take the chill out of your bones (especially the Rainforest exhibit!) The zoo is open every day rain or shine, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and nearly all of the animals are active in the wintertime. In fact, a great deal of the animals are those that thrive during the colder seasons, such as reindeer, polar bears, snow monkeys and river otters (to name a few).

Lynx love Winter

it’s warm inside the Niagara Power Vista

Niagara Power Vista

If you are looking for some budget-friendly fun, you do not want to miss the NYPA’s Niagara Power Vista Center, located in Lewiston, NY. Here you will find hands-on experiences like building your own dam, walking through a turbine, operating a power grid during a storm, and taking a swooping virtual ride across the landscapes of New York State. Want to know the best part? The center and all of its activities are free!

Antique World & Flea Market

Antique World & Flea Market, located in Clarence, is one of the largest antique centers in the Buffalo Niagara region. The center features 200 dealers and 5 shops that are open daily. A Saturday and Sunday flea market attracts hundreds of vendors as well. Whether you are shopping for antique furniture, collectibles or fine art, you will find that Antique World carries a lot of fantastic pieces.

Antique World has tons of vendors to check out

These are but a few of many awesome attractions that Buffalo Niagara has to offer during the wintertime. Don’t let your family get cabin fever this season–get out and explore our great city! Whether your New Year’s resolution was to get more exercise or spend more time with your family, you will find plenty of options to get you out the door and into your next adventure.

As always, check out the Welcome 716 Events Page for more info on all the great cold weather fun in Buffalo Niagara.