This is a guest post from Chris over at Show Appeal Realty.
Long ago, hunters tracked burly woolly mammoths along the melting glaciers of this region. Today, families who live in Buffalo, NY find there’s plenty to do because Buffalo is positioned at the epicenter of a number of diverse family friendly getaways. So let’s get planning your family’s next adventure!
1. Seneca Falls, NY
Located about 2 hours from Buffalo, NY
Known as the ‘gateway to the Finger Lakes’ Seneca Falls is a beautiful area that’s filled with history, shopping and outdoor experiences. You’ll be impressed with Seneca Falls jaw-dropping restored homes, friendly residents, and quaint downtown art galleries and shops. And Seneca Falls, NY has some special treats for mom and dad. Peruse the incredible Waterloo Premium Outlets, visit any number of well respected wineries, or enjoy a scrumptious lunch along Seneca Falls stunning waterway. Historically speaking, you won’t be in Seneca Falls, NY long before you realize that it served as the hub of the women’s movement. Visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame for all the exciting details- it is well worth your time. For an outdoor excursion, make a stop at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a top rated family experience. This 10,000 acre refuge serves as a resting area for waterfowl on their travel to and from northeastern Canada. Ready for a bit of adventure? Then rent a well equipped boat through Erie Canal Cruise Lines and explore, explore, explore! No boating experience is necessary, and you can even spend the night on your vessel! You know the kids will dig this. If sleeping on land is more your thing, Seneca Falls offers a number of fantastic bed and breakfasts, inns, and a few traditional hotels.
2. Allegheny National Forest, PA
Located about two and a half hours south of Buffalo, NY in Sheffield, PA
Remember the simple life? If not, this family getaway is sure to remind you. Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, Allegheny National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s dreamland. There’s Geocaching, dozens of miles of mountain biking trails, swimming, boating, fishing (some of the finest warm water fishing in northwestern Pennsylvania in fact), horseback riding, hunting, skiing, ATV trails and snowmobile trails. Wow, did we mention there are lots of hidden waterfalls to discover too? Stay in a rustic, yet comfortable cabin or pitch a tent. Accommodations are generally well maintained and certainly family affordable.
3. Toronto, Canada
Located about two hours from Buffalo, NY
Toronto makes for a very enjoyable family getaway. Of course, since it’s located in Ontario, Canada, you need to make sure you have necessary documentation for crossing the border, or you’ll be quickly turned back to the USA. If you’re a thrill seeking kind of clan, the action packed Centreville Amusement Park will certainly please you. –And believe it or not, Fido is welcomed in the Centreville Amusement Park. We know that kids of all ages love the zoo. The Toronto Zoo boasts over 700 acres, 5,000 animals, and six miles of walking trails. Undoubtedly, this place will enchant every member of your family. Interesting in hitting the beach? You might not expect it, but there are beaches to explore in Toronto. Cherry Beach offers parasailing, bike trails and hiking. If your belly starts to rumble after a few hours of swimming or beach play, grab a bite at Cherry Beach’s food kiosk. Toronto’s public bus system will drop you right off at the beach, or if you’re driving to Cherry Beach there’s plenty of parking. If you’ve brought the family pet, head off to Dog Beach, Kew Gardens, where man’s best friend is allowed to roam leash free! Lodging in Toronto is primarily hotel centered. But with a bit of planning you’ll have your pick of budget friendly or lavish rooms to choose from.
4. Presque Isle State Park, PA
Located about two hours from Buffalo, NY on the coast of Lake Erie
Perched on the Pennsylvania Coast of Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park offers more than you’ve come to expect from a state park. This 3,200 acre sandy peninsula juts into Lake Erie from a point just west of Erie, PA. So what’s there to do? For starters, Presque Isle State Park features 11 sandy beaches with mild waves that are perfect for the little ones (bet you didn’t expect to find beaches in PA!) After a few hours at the beach, try boating (bring your own or rent one), fishing, hiking, waterskiing, bicycling or in-line skating. Visiting during winter? No problem, bring your skies and spend a few hours cross country skiing, go ice fishing or ice skating. Don’t have much time, and hope to explore this gorgeous region in just a few hours? Then get on board and enjoy a scenic boat tour. You’ll catch views of three lighthouses, be entertained and educated by your guide, and inspired by the bounty of Mother Nature that surrounds you. There’s even a sunset tour option! When it’s time to hit the sack, chose from a number of cottage rentals, local campgrounds, or one of several hotels.
It’s clear that Buffalo, NY is a great jumping off point for some serious family fun. If you’re itching to hit the road with the family this weekend, we hope we’ve inspired you to check out the variety of family getaways all locate within about a two hour drive from Buffalo.