It's no secret Ontario is full of fun adventures and beautiful nature that make having a fabulous staycation super easy. But, every once in a while, that travel bug hits us hard and compels us to get out of the province and do some wider exploring. Luckily, we have pretty easy access to the Buffalo, New York, border via Niagara Falls or Fort Erie. And with so many things to do in Buffalo, you can easily plan the perfect weekend getaway. 

Of course, most of us think of New York City when we think about a New York trip but don't be fooled. Buffalo is much, much closer to Ontario than the Big Apple and has plenty to offer itself.

Being less than two hours' drive from Toronto on a good day, Buffalo's a popular spot for southern Ontario residents to hop across the border for purposes including shopping and sports.

But did you know how much natural beauty it also has to offer?

With enchanted gardens, incredible buildings, and waterfalls that literally catch on fire, you can count on having a good time when you visit. 

Plus, with the close proximity to us, you don't even necessarily have to spend the night there, though there's so much to see and do that you might find it tough to leave.

So if you've been itching to travel outside of Ontario lately, why not give Buffalo a chance? Be sure to add these beautiful and iconic places to your bucket list, and start planning that trip ASAP.

Eternal Flame Falls

Price: Free

Address: Chestnut Ridge Park, Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: This Buffalo waterfall is straight fire, literally. Standing at roughly 30 feet tall, there is a small grotto near the base which releases natural gas that allows you to light a small flame behind the water. This is seriously cool.


Price: Prices vary

Address: 44 Prime St., Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: Canalside offers fun activities year-round. From ice bumper cars and skating to the iconic Shark Girl statue, grand ships, and various free events, there is so much to enjoy here.

The Buffalo Zoo

Price: $13.95

Address: 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: With various events throughout the year and some of the most adorable wildlife you've ever seen, the Buffalo Zoo is a year-round treat. And, no, it doesn't only contain buffalo!

Buffalo Pedal Tours

Price: Starting at $349

Address: Various stops, Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: You can ride a huge 15-seat party bike or pedal boat around Buffalo to take in some amazing sights. You are encouraged to BYOB and snacks for the ride. With everything from bar crawl tours to family-friendly options, you're sure to find the perfect one. 

Tifft Nature Preserve

Price: Free

Address: 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: You can explore roughly eight kilometres of beautiful trails, boardwalks, and viewing blinds where you can expect to see plenty of wildlife. An idyllic place to get lost in nature.

Sweetness7 Cafe

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily

Address: 220 Grant St., Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: This charming Victorian building is chalked full of personality. It is easily one of the best places to sit and drink a coffee in Buffalo, and well worth a visit.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Price: $12.50

When: Open daily

Address: 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: Drawing inspiration from England's historic Crystal Palace, this greenhouse oasis is truly breathtaking. No matter the season, there will be plenty of lush greenery for you to enjoy inside or out.

Transit Drive-In

Price: Prices vary

Address: 6655 Transit Rd., Lockport, N.Y.

Why You Need To Go: If you happen to be travelling in the warmer months, the Transit Drive-In is a must-stop destination. You can get nice and cozy with your BFFs and take in a movie under the stars. There's a snack bar and mini golf on-site as well. 

Mansion on Delaware 

Price: Prices vary

Address: 414 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 

Why You Need To Go: Buffalo is full of impressive architecture and the Mansion on Delaware is no exception. Even if you don't end up staying the night here, it looks like something from an old movie and is well worth a visit. 

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