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The best way to spend a winter weekend in Buffalo

Mother Nature has been extremely kind to Buffalonians so far this year, but winter is far from over. It’s time to start getting creative with cold weather activities.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to keep busy in the Queen City this time of year with so much to see, do and, our favorite, eat. The Parkway Digital team put our heads together and decided how we would spend an ideal winter weekend in Buffalo. Whether you’re looking to get out with your significant other or a few friends, our Buffalo winter weekend itinerary is perfect for a group of any size.

Get Brunch

When you ask Google about Buffalo, it returns results related to food, wings, restaurants, breweries and pizza. We’re not surprised one bit; we love to eat! And even more, we love to brag about our city’s food-centric culture.

Buffalo’s brunch scene has become the talk around town and we’re living for it here at Parkway. From savory egg-based options to sweet pancakes and cinnamon buns, you’ll have no trouble finding the quintessential brunch spot for your party. We couldn’t decide on just one location, but there are more than enough winter weekends left to try a few new spots!

Our Picks:

100 Acres inside Hotel Henry: Cheeseburger
Sophia’s: Bloody Marys
Toutant: Hash and Cinnamon Buns
Roost: Breakfast Pizza
Black Sheep: Blueberry Pancakes
Betty’s: Biscuits and Gravy
Barrel + Brine: Breakfast Burrito

Get Outdoors

This is where Buffalo takes the proverbial winter cake. The Queen City has fully embraced the cold after centuries of freezing lake effect weather. Now’s your chance to work off the brunch you just consumed and try out a winter sport while the weather permits it. Bundle up with your warmest attire – you’re going to need it!

Our Favorite Outdoor Buffalo Activities:

Cross Country Skiing: Knox Farm State Park has miles of trails to explore with little elevation gain which makes it perfect for beginners. Even the most adventurous skiers will enjoy the former estate’s scenic nature trails.

Hiking: Head to Tifft Nature Preserve and soak up whatever sunshine you can on a winter hike. The grounds have over five miles of maintained trails and plenty of wildlife to view. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available for rent in the Environmental Education Center.

Canalside: Canalside offers a wide array of outdoor winter activities, making it a great group or family outing. Choose from ice skating, ice biking, curling, bowling, bumper cars and igloos. Regardless of age or skill, you’ll enjoy all of the above!

Get Cozy

If the cold isn’t your thing, don’t stress. Buffalo has plenty of activities to distract you from the frosty outdoors. Our favorite indoor activities include exploring at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, cozying up with a good book at the library, seeking out Buffalo’s best cup of joe, or viewing art at the Burchfield Penney. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, escape the elements and sweat it out at a yoga class or rock climbing gym.

Get a Ticket

Buffalo’s endless schedule of events definitely doesn’t take a break for the winter weather. A brisk Buffalo evening calls for a night of entertainment downtown. You can’t go wrong when selecting from a surplus of ticketed events. Choose from sports, theatre, comedy and music.

If you prefer theatre, we suggest checking Shea’s offerings or the Irish Classical Theatre Company. The Sabres and the Bandits keep us cheering, while next door Helium Comedy Club has us hysterically laughing. When it comes to music, Buffalo is no slouch either. Check out the lineups at the Tralf, Town Ballroom, Babeville and the Fallsview Casino for some incredible talent.

Get Smart

Finish the night off with friends and some late-night snacks (and drinks) at a local trivia night hosted by Founding Fathers or The Barrel Factory. Gather and Game also offers board game tournaments and matches on Friday and Saturday nights if you’re up for some intense competition!

There are plenty of reasons to come out of hibernation this winter and explore all that The Queen City has to offer this time of year. If we missed your favorite way to enjoy winter in Buffalo, let us know!