If you've ever spent a summer in Buffalo, New York you know it can get pretty hot and humid. The Western New York area is full of places where you can go have some fun and cool off at the same time. I've put together a list of my top five, best places to cool off this summer. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirlpool Jet Boat via Flickr by Nick Seeger design
Canadian Departure LocationsU.S. Departure Location
Niagara on the Lake, ON
61 Melville Street, PO BOX 1215
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Lewiston, New York
115 South Water St,
Lewiston, New York
Whirlpool Aero Car
3850 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Skim across the water of the Niagara River aboard the super powered Jet boat of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Don't want to get soaked to the bone? Try their Jet Dome boat that is completely enclosed.  Check out this cool video on Youtube.


Maid of the Mist

Maid Of The Mist via Flickr by elPadawan

Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point
Niagara Falls, U.S.A

What could cool you down faster then getting right up close to our own Wonder of the World Niagara Falls? The Maid of the Mist has been taking adventure seeking visitors to Niagara Falls close to the Falls since 1846 and has been a fixture of Niagara Falls visits for years. Watch this video on Youtube.


Waikiki Watercraft Jet Ski Rentals

Jet Ski via Flickr by pdobeson

101 Whitehaven Rd.
Grand Island, New York 14072

Going jet skiing down the Niagara River certainly sounds like a fun way to beat the heat this summer right? Well if you are one of the many non Jet Ski owning people in Buffalo fear not you can simply rent a Jet Ski from Waikiki Watercraft Jet Ski Rentals which is located only fifteen minuets from Buffalo. Renting a jet ski is simple and does not require a boating license.


Fallsview Indoor Water Park

Falls View Indoor Water Park via Flickr by kerron

5685 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7

Fallsview Indoor Water Park is Niagara’s largest indoor water park and offer’s everything from 6 storey high slides, a full size wave pool, to attractions just for adults like two over sized Jacuzzis. The water park is located near many hotels and the Planet Hollywood Café is located inside the park. Special price packages can be made depending on the size of your family and the number of days you are staying.  Here is a video of the interior of the water park.


Anderson’s Ice Cream

Anderson's via Facebook

2634 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216

Anderson’s has been a Buffalo ice cream staple since 1947 when the first location was open on Kenmore Avenue, Anderson’s has since expanded to seven different locations around the Buffalo area. Anderson’s offers a large menu of homemade frozen treats from hard ice cream, ice cream cakes, to their famous frozen custard.


Contributing authors Liz DiNardo and Len Schrantz