Canalside
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Canalside is at the heart of Buffalo's waterfront revitalization. Located on 21 historic waterfront acres that hosts hundreds of events and hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, Fun Happens Here.
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Chuck52310
New Haven628 contributions
Sep 2021
There are many activities available at Canalside, but we visited the Buffalo Heritage Carousel. After being in storage for 65 years, the carousel made its first appearance in Spring 2021. The carousel is a completely and beautifully refurbished 1924 Spillman Engineering 3-row carousel populated with 21 jumpers, 6 standers, 1 lion, 1 tiger, 1 giraffe, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 ostrich, 1 mule, 3 chariots (one chariot accommodates wheelchairs), and one rocker. Some horses have hair tails while others are carved. Don't miss this very historic carousel if you are in Buffalo!!
Written September 7, 2021
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932catherinef
Hillsborough, NJ45 contributions
Dec 2019
I rented 2 igloos and had my entire family come to Canalside to ice skate, hang out together and start the Christmas holiday. I live in NJ now and my entire family is in WNY. My younger brother is in the seminary so he was not available on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to be with everyone. This was a Christmas miracle that my Mom, all of my siblings, their kids and even the great grand kids were all able to attend. We ranged from 76 to 4 months and all had a blast. I took pictures and did not ice skate but had so much fun with everyone. It wasn't a very cold night but the igloos were great for the little ones and the older ones. I would definitely do this again. This cost of the igloo was worth it for the skate rentals, hot chocolate and a drink (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic for 16 people - 8 each igloo). Its a nice rink, a nice atmosphere and the 2 hosts were very friendly and helpful. Fun was had by all.
Written January 7, 2020
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,282 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A brilliant area for a nice walk and to get to know Buffalo. We found Canalside to be both safe and fun.

We found free street parking and enjoyed a long walk along the water - in both directions - it really was an enjoyable visit

Highly recommend a visit just to take a beautiful walk

There is some history to enjoy with both the Erie Canal and the Naval Park

Many photo opportunities

Go enjoy
Written October 30, 2021
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John S
Buffalo, NY731 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
08/08/20 Our continued hiking and walking experience during the Covid-19 period continues on the the upcoming Buffalo Waterfront.

I was getting tired of seeing trees.

We parked around canalside and
walked to the lighthouse. Great view of the city and the lake. There is a few restaurants there but closed due to the pandemic.

We also walked along the Buffalo River. A veterans memorial park can be viewed on the way to the Naval Park.

Continue walking and you will begin seeing the building of the new Erie Canal long boat Shed. Continue on and you can se the start of the new carousel being built.

As time goes by this area will be more and more desirable. It will definitely be the place to be as time goes by.

As an aside we walked toward the baseball stadium that is also temporarily being utilized by
Toronto Blue Jays due to the Canadian quarantine for MLB.
Written August 10, 2020
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SpartaBrian
Sparta, NJ163 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
A growing waterside attraction not to be missed during the warmer season. Places to eat, drink beer, people watch. Etc. We went on days where the place was deserted and other days where it was fairly busy. Works are still underway so the future is bright for the waterfront of this post industrial town.

Written August 7, 2020
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY7,421 contributions
Aug 2020
We arrived about 1:30 for a scheduled 2:30 Buffalo River History Cruise which takes off from Canalside. This area is very cute. There is a nice walking boardwalk, and if you take it all the way will take you to Buffalo Harbor State Park.
It was a fantastic day. There were a few people walking, a few sitting on the Adirondack chairs. There are places to buy food and get a beer. There is an ice cream place. A man is drawing caricatures. There is a carousel frame up, and it should open eventually. When we got off the boat about 4PM it was much busier. Perhaps people were getting out of work.
We went back the next night and had dinner outside for sunset at Liberty Hound.
Highly recommend for a nice walking or relaxing area.
Written August 22, 2020
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Alacrout
Los Angeles, CA152 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
When I visit Canalside today, I remember what it was like when I was a kid and I have a hard time believing it’s the same place.

But it is! And it’s so much cooler now.

The ships and other military stuff (tank, plane, etc) were always there. If they weren’t so big, you might not even know there was a tourist attraction, with all the dirt and gravel and chain link fences under a highway overpass… But now, they’re surrounded by flowers and trees and green grass and nice landscaping!

Plus there’s shops and museums and restaurants. There’s a merry-go-round and a pit of sand for kids to play in. There’s a skating rink. Events are hosted here all summer long.

It’s morphed from “oh yeah, the dirty area with ships next to the arena” to one of my favorite parts of Buffalo.

It’s small. It’s charming. It’s a perfect little encapsulation of some Buffalo culture.
Written February 13, 2022
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billsfan1_2000
Lancaster, NY5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
It’s 2:47 pm on a clear and cold March afternoon. Skating closed and area deserted. What??? Does the rink website have open closed info? No. The Commercial Slip is filled with debris and the remenants of someone’s wood dock. Fences everywhere but no visible progress on any of the construction in months. It’s a mess stay away.
Written March 7, 2020
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Heidi P
Novi, MI35 contributions
Aug 2022
We ended up visiting this waterfront because I had seen so many positive reviews on Trip Advisor! It was a beautiful place and we were very glad we stopped by. Parking was a bit of a challenge. There are two small lots near Perry and Pear streets where we ended up parking, but we definitely had to drive around for awhile. There is a restaurant and a snack bar. We ate at the snack bar and it was great! They had tables in the shade. We sat on a bench and enjoyed the waterfront. Highly recommend!
Written August 9, 2022
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Mary W
Fort Worth, TX95 contributions
Dec 2019
I came during the holiday season with 9 family members. The ice was not the best but still fun. We have some beginners as well as little hockey players. Some family members were from Texas. We all had a great time skating.
Here are the negatives. Such a small area to purchase tickets and get on ice skates. And 2 benches???? Are you kidding me? We all had to take turns to get on ice skates. The process took well over half an hour. Then we had to repeat the process when we finished and it took even longer. The rental skates were fine. There was a snack stand open outside. The rest rooms behind the area were just portable. Don’t try and maneuver that trick with skates on! I am only 5 feet tall and I had a problem fitting in stall. There were the igloos for rent to warm up. I understand the need for business but please have add a larger area to get on skates and warm up, especially while the zamboni is cleaning the ice. The ramps on to the ice were slippery and water was pooling at bottom before you got onto the ice. I did see a person take a nasty fall down the ramp. Come on Buffalo! Such a fun place but please make it user friendly.
Written January 8, 2020
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