After the hot day we had on Monday it got me thinking and yearning for summertime, its coming people and there will be plenty to do.  I thought I’d spotlight a few things you can do in your own backyard.  I found some great ideas from VisitBuffaloNiagara like the Buffalo Zoo, for me it has been a while but I do drive by the zoo to and from work and I’m going to put in on my ‘things to do’ list for this summer.  Every time my brother visits from Michigan we talk about going to the zoo, well this time I will make it a mission to do so (he will be visiting this July). 

When it gets hot outside maybe you’ll be up for a ride and getting soaked on a summertime excursion on a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, this I doubt I’ll do but it may be your cup of tea.  If you like fast boats and getting pounded with water this could be a thrill of lifetime and it’s right in our backyard at the Falls.

How about exploring the amazing collection of exotic plants at the Botanical Gardens, fun is easily found for you and your family.  So many colors and beautiful plants and flowers to see, this sounds like its right up my alley.

Another gem in our backyard is the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park where you can tour the decks and hulls of a guided missile cruiser, destroyer and WWII submarine. It’s a hands-on experience like no other!  My brother in-law Dan would love this.

I don’t have kids but if I did I think this would be a great place to spark their creativity, curiosity and imagination.  Take your kids to Western New York’s only museum designed just for kids, Explore & More Children’s Museum, or take them to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum  they can ride an old-fashioned carrousel in the world's only carrousel museum.   This sounds like a kids dream and a great learning experience too.