Canalside

Canalside, Buffalo: Address, Phone Number, Canalside Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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gringatx
McKinney, TX349 contributions
Empty
Jun 2021 • Couples
We came here around 8:30 on a Saturday morning and walked around a little bit. Parking was very easy at this time and free. There is not a lot going on down here but we did take a harbor cruise that was really nice. there are not really places to eat. I'm sure it is more happening later in the day.
Written June 27, 2021
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME923 contributions
Wonderful
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a great place for walking alone the camel. You can get super close to the shops docked. Great views of the lighthouse, Canada, Niagara River and Erie lake.
Written June 26, 2021
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Tammy Winder
Buffalo, NY156 contributions
Late in season
Oct 2020
We didn't go til October so there wasn't much going on, but it was nice to walk around and see the ships in the harbor and the lake.
Written October 12, 2020
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY6,967 contributions
Great for Hiking or Relaxing!
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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John S
Buffalo, NY698 contributions
Inner Harbor Hike
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, NJ162 contributions
In the works. Check back in 5 years
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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billsfan1_2000
Lancaster, NY5 contributions
What a joke of a Place
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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marggary2017
Buffalo, NY4 contributions
Buffalo Gem
Aug 2019 • Couples
Thrilled to see such a rebirth of Buffalo. Along with some of the best architecture in the country,wonderful to promote such a special place as Canalside.
Written March 5, 2020
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Taine N
1 contribution
Canalside Buffalo
Feb 2020 • Friends
What a Great time AND great atmosphere, so much to do! It is an absolute must when visiting Buffalo, NY!
Written February 16, 2020
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Mary W
Fort Worth, TX95 contributions
Fun Ice Skating but????
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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