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Buffalo’s waterfront has a storied history. After serving as one of the country’s major hubs of industry, lined with grain elevators and factories, the waterfront fell silent. However, the waterfront has seen tremendous transformation in recent years and is still undergoing a lot of exciting redevelopment today. The region has blossomed into a beloved getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city; there are more things to do now than ever before. If you find yourself in Buffalo in the spring or summer, it’s worth carving out a day of your visit to discover everything the waterfront has to offer.


The first stop is Canalside, located at the intersection of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. You can either hop off the metro train at the Canalside exit or park in the surrounding public lots. The space has a big open lawn with Adirondack chairs, a boardwalk along the river, a small beach area and a carousel for children.

The Canals

Canalside’s main attraction is the canals which, in warmer seasons, are open for small water vehicle rentals. Guests can rent out paddle boats, pedal boats and water bikes to enjoy around the canal lanes.

Queen City Bike Ferry

After hitting the canals, make your way north on the boardwalk toward the Canalside Longshed and Liberty Hound. Here, you’ll find the Queen City Bike Ferry. This small boat takes pedestrians and bicyclists from Canalside to the Outer Harbor and back. Tickets only cost a dollar, so it’s an affordable way to see the area from the water and enjoy more of the Buffalo Waterfront without driving between Canalside and the Outer Harbor.

Outer Harbor

The Queen City Bike Ferry will drop you off at the northernmost end of the Outer Harbor, near Wilkeson Pointe. If you choose to drive from Canalside, the Outer Harbor is only a short drive over the Skyway. There’s plenty of parking along Fuhrmann Boulevard, which stretches down the waterfront along all of the area’s attractions.

Wilkeson Pointe

Wilkeson Pointe features an extended sandy shoreline with two sand volleyball courts, a beer garden and a seating area. Guests can enjoy a cold beverage and relax in Adirondack chairs or hammocks while taking in stunning views of the lakefront. Following the paths, visitors can walk up to the Mound Overlook to check out wind spoon sculptures. A kayak launch, fishing dock and bike rentals are also accessible from Wilkeson Pointe. Though Wilkeson Pointe is closed for the 2024 season for further development, it will reopen in 2025 with even more activities and amenities for families to take advantage of.

Bell Slip

Bell Slip is the next stop. A quieter spot south of Wilkeson Pointe, Bell Slip offers peaceful glances of the waterfront and natural flora and fauna. One of its more hidden features is Hammock Grove, a small section overlooking the waterfront with a collection of public hammocks. After a year of construction, Bell Slip reopens in 2024 with several key amenities and improvements, including a public restroom, additional parking, a shaded seating area, closer waterfront access and refurbished pathways.

Lakeside Complex

Further south is the Lakeside Complex, which includes a bike park, food truck plaza and events lawn. The bike park has three mountain bike tracks, a pump track, a skills track and a tot track for kids. Bikers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to use the tracks they are comfortable with and may either rent a bike or bring their own.

Terminal B

Terminal B is the Outer Harbor’s newest development and one of its most exciting. This 100,000-square-foot open-air event center brings another outdoor concert venue to Buffalo. The canopied stage and sloped law next to the water are sure to set the stage for some of the best shows in the city.