Buffalo Getting $87.5 Million For New Waterfront Activity Center
An old Buffalo Trainshed will reopen and become a waterfront activity center. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $87.5 million is being pumped into the project. The project will reactivate the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) Trainshed, located just southeast of Canalside.
Old Buffalo Metro Rail Station To Transform Into New Waterfront Activity Center
The DL&W Trainshed will become a commercial activity center and a new Metro Rail Station. Phase 1 of the project, which will construct the rail station and extend train service, is almost complete. Phase 2, which will work on the structures and systems of the buildings, will be done in 2024. The third phase will put the finishing touches on the building and ready it to become an activity center.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will build a skywalk to connect the activity center to Key Bank Center. Gov. Hochul said,
We're writing Buffalo's comeback story, and it starts with tapping into the unlimited potential of our city, including parks, infrastructure and amenities.
6 Fun And Exciting Things To Do At The Buffalo Waterfront
1. Buffalo Heritage Carousel
44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202
The Buffalo Heritage Carousel is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 12 to 5 pm. The cost is $1 to ride. There are also several displays that tell the story of the Carousel's history.
2. Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
130 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets for adults and children (ages 1 & up) are $11. Children under age 1 are free.
A world-class children’s museum that celebrates the power of child-led play has arrived at Buffalo’s doorstep. With four floors of fun to explore, the 43,000 sq. ft. museum sits at the crossroads between replica canals and bridges that have become year-round community destinations. The museum reflects that sense of place with thoughtfully crafted exhibits that help children develop a deeper sense of our world, our community and their place in it in a fun and engaging way for children and adults alike.
3. Buffalo Bike Tours
I had the opportunity to join a Buffalo Bike Tours ride. Marc Moscato, the founder and tour guide of Buffalo Bike Tours, led the way. We were joined by a family and a couple of guys visiting from Toronto. Even though it was raining and we were soaked, I really enjoyed it. I felt like a tourist in Buffalo, learning new things about the history of the city.
Buffalo Bike Tours leads food tours, history tours, and sightseeing tours. Sample the best chicken wings, learn our amazing history, or take out one of our bike rentals.
Check out the various Buffalo Bike Tours rides here.
4. BFLO Harbor & Kayak
Located at Canalside (44 Prime Street in Buffalo), it offers paddle boat, paddle board and kayak rentals. The 2022 season begins Memorial Day weekend. It's open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Sunday. Call 716-288-5309 or visit its website.
Our paddleboard and kayak rentals include everything you need to enjoy a relaxing trip on the water. Explore the Buffalo River at your leisure, or book one of our tours to find out even more about Buffalo’s great industrial past! ~ Buffalo Harbor & Kayak
5. Buffalo Outer Harbor
Explore a natural side of the city at the Outer Harbor. This respite features more than 200 acres of green space, including the Independent Health Wellness Trail, Wilkeson Pointe, the Lakeside Bike Park, and the Lakeside Event Lawn.
6. Roller Skating
If you love roller skating, you'll be able to skate in downtown Buffalo at Canalside starting today. The roller rink will offer different themed nights every Friday. If you want to learn to skate, you'll be able to do that Saturday mornings. Every Friday through Sunday the rink will host a Buffalo Holiday Market. You can also book the rink for private events, including birthday parties or corporate functions.
The prices for skating at the rink are $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 13 and under. Admission does not include the cost of skate rentals which is $4 if you do not have your own skates. Inline-style skates are not allowed.
You can find more information here.