By: Faith Garven

With summer just around the corner, it is time to start planning our summers! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to being outside. Sunshine is hard to come by in New York State. I know everyone thinks that WNY is kind of boring (I cannot disagree), however there is lots to do around here. Below is a list of fun things to do around the Western New York area and also at home.

  • Concerts:
  • May 6: We The Kings performing at Niagara County Community College
  • May 11: Sara Kays performing at Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
  • May 13: Cory Asbury performing at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Williamsville, NY
  • May 14: Justin Bieber performing at KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
  • June 17: Walker Hayes performing at Sahlen Field, Buffalo, NY
  • July 2: Big Time Rush performing at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, NY
  • July 3: Backstreet Boys performing at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, NY
  • July 9: Train performing at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, NY
  • July 15: Thomas Rhett performing at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, NY
  • Coffee Shops
  • Hill of Beans Coffee Stop located in Youngstown, NY
  • Wilson Brew Co. located in Wilson, NY
  • Craft Coffee House located in Pendleton, NY
  • Scripts Cafe located in Lockport, NY
  • Steamworks Coffee located in Lockport, NY
  • HeBrews Coffee Bar located in Medina, NY
  • Wineries
  • A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard located in Ransomville, NY
  • Black Willow Winery located in Burt, NY
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery located in Lockport, NY
  • Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, Inc. located in Sanborn, NY
  • Hiking
  • John B. Austin Nature Trail located in Lockport, NY
  • Fort Niagara State Park located in Youngstown, NY
  • Eternal Flame Falls located in Orchard Park, NY
  • Royalton Ravine Park located in Gasport, NY
  • Ellicott Creek Trailway Park located in Getzville, NY
  • Zoar Valley located in Gowanda, NY
  • Akron Falls State Park located in Akron, NY
  • Letchworth State Park located in Castile, NY
  • Allegany State Park located in Salamanca, NY
  • Watkins Glen State Park located in Watkins Glen, NY
  • Boat Tours
  • Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride located in Lockport, NY
  • Whirlpool Jet Tours located in Lewiston, NY
  • Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises located in Lockport, NY
  • Maid of the Mist Boat Tour located in Niagara Falls, NY
  • Drive-In Movie
  • Transit Drive-In Theatre located in Lockport, NY
  • Sunset Drive In located in Middleport, NY

Summer Activities That Are Inexpensive (Don’t require a lot of gas):

  • Have a picnic with friends
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise
  • Go berry picking
  • Read a book or a book series-in the outdoors
  • Find a new hobby
  • Go swimming or to the beach
  • Have a movie night or game night with friends
  • Cook a meal for your family
  • Have a bonfire
  • Go kayaking
  • Stargaze
  • Train for a 5K or better yet, the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon
  • Get artistic-start painting or drawing or take an art class, like ceramics

For everyone who reads this, I hope you have a great summer! Please stay safe and have lots of fun! College is hard and stressful, but in the end it will pay off. Summer is a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy life (and the sunshine is a huge plus!) I will leave you with a quote: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” –John Lubbock

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