You’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a sunny summer’s day than at one of the lovely beaches in Buffalo Niagara. Find the perfect one below.

by Max Fisher

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Summertime and the Livin’ is Beachy

So, I hear you want to go to the beach? You want that authentic fun in the sun with all the fixings. Sunscreen, sunburn (you always bring the SPF 40, but what’s the point if you don’t use it until you look like you just came out of a volcano?), sunglasses, and a cool swimsuit that you think will grab people’s attention. But, upon arrival it’s frighteningly clear that nobody cares. Yes indeed, you’re primed for the beach, so let’s discuss some of the great aspects the beaches in Buffalo Niagara have to offer for everyone.

Let’s face it the beach can be intimidating in a lot of ways. Did I pack the right stuff? Oh man, what if my swimsuit rips in the water? HOW CAN I STOP THE SAND FROM BEING ALL OVER ME ALL THE TIME? These are all minor things in the grand scheme of things, but we’ve all thought of them at one point or another, (you know it’s true, don’t make me look like the neurotic person in the room, because I know were all in the same boat). Yet once all the unwarranted anxieties wash over, you couldn’t find a better way to spend a summer’s day than at one of the lovely beaches in Buffalo Niagara.

A Beach Activity Roundup

When it comes to beaches I don’t have a particular favorite. For me, a beach is a beach. I’d like to say that I love such and such beach and unofficially control it to the point people revere me like a David Hasselhoff type, strutting my stuff across the sand in slow motion absorbing peoples ooos and ahhs with glee and a commanding wink. Still, in actuality, I put my towel down, grab some sunscreen and fall asleep like most people. The ooos and ahhs only come by way of people noticing my sunburn when I wake up (don’t worry, this doesn’t happen too often; I have a decent amount of melanin in my skin).

The cool thing about the beach is there’s no hierarchy. Everyone’s the same. It’s not like the movies where some type of guy I described in the previous paragraph runs the beach like an elitist club. In real life, it’s real people from all walks of life. I’m talking truck drivers, businessmen, nurses, mechanics, and every other hardworking type in between congregating for the purpose of fun in the sun. Sure, there might be some rude or mean people, but that’s to be expected. Ignore them. As long as the sun is shining fun is here. There’s no denying it!

Boats at the popular Sunset Bay

There’s a lot of stuff to do at the beaches in Buffalo Niagara. With people being cooped up in their houses for so long, I’m sure they forgot, but don’t worry, I’m here to remind you and add a little pizzazz. So you think, “Oh right, you can do that, and oh yeah I forgot you can do that too“ then you grab the wife and the kids and make a day of it, and you’re considered a summer champion (no worries, I don’t need the credit, I’m no glory hog, but deep down in your soul, you know who the credit for your fantastic family beach day belongs to, that’s all I’m saying).

There are the usual activities you can do like going swimming or building sand kingdoms (I’ll be honest, only attempt a sand kingdom if you have a background in architecture because the sandcastle community can be fierce if they don’t see crisp, precise work at every angle. You’ve been warned). You can get some ice cream that always miraculously seems incredible even if it’s the most trash scoop of ice cream you’ve ever had in your life. The fact that you’re at the beach always makes it somehow a delicacy.

You can attempt the risk-reward practice of tanning. Be careful many have tried to achieve the fabled golden glow, but few to this day have actually been able to achieve it. And then there’s the more “extreme” activities (I put extreme in quotes because the majority of people are very sedentary at the beach to the point that getting up and rolling up your sand blanket is considered a full-body workout to some). You can play volleyball. Just be careful not to spike the ball too hard (we get it you went to nationals in high school. You don’t have to keep showing off). You can go wave boarding, which is like surfing’s little brother that’s only allowed to be out until 9.

And my personal favorite (provided it’s a somewhat windy day) is walking through the water and getting hit by the waves (look, it’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love it).

It’s a Group Thing

Yet perhaps the most important thing the beach will allow you to do in these modern times is to give you a prime opportunity to socialize with others. Trust me, I more than understand that in the past, the mere thought of talking to strangers was enough to put your head in the sand, but times have changed. It’s a new day. Get out there. Don’t intrude on other people’s conversations (PLEASE DON’T BE THAT PERSON. THERE ARE ALMOST NO ABSOLUTES IN LIFE, BUT NO ONE LIKES THAT PERSON. It’s a fact of life), but be open to talking to new people. Like I said earlier, we’re all in the same boat, so any apprehensions you may feel, you better believe others are feeling the same way you are.

So ease yourself into it, be honest with yourself. What do you have to lose?

Peaceful Lake Erie vistas at Woodlawn Beach State Park

Fun in the Sun

Summer can be a trying time. At least in my mind it is. I’m always trying to fill every day with something to do, and the beach is always an excellent way to spend a day. It’s kind of an ace in the hole if you want to fill your day. So, if you’re not sure what to do with your day or just looking to take a day off from the stress of life, why not go for some fun in the sun?

Because I’m sure I don’t have to tell you life can be bothersome sometimes, but on the other hand life can be a beach too!

Beaches in Buffalo Niagara

choose any beach to see location information, get directions, & more.
Beaver Island State Park

Grand Island

Bennett Beach


Evangola State Park


Fort Niagara State Park


Gallagher Beach


Hamburg Town Park/Beach


Krull Park


Lake Erie Beach Park


Lakeside Beach State Park


Olcott Beach


Perry Public Beach


Point Gratiot Park


Porter on the Lake Town Park


Stella Niagara Preserve


Sunset Bay Beach


Wendt Beach


Wilkeson Pointe


Wilson Tuscarora State Park


Woodlawn Beach State Park


Yates Park

Orchard Park

What do you think of our guide to beaches in Buffalo Niagara? Know a great one that we missed? Have a favorite? Let us know.