Which activities are open on the Buffalo Waterfront this summer?

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:23:37-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The pandemic may have canceled most summer events and activities, but not all of them. If you love getting out on the water, there are still plenty of ways to set sail.

"We're kind of following the same rules as restaurants are as they're unfolding. So we are super excited to get back out on the water next Tuesday we're hoping," said Lisa Ellen Cooper, General Manager of Buffalo Harbor Cruises.

There's no Queen City Bike Ferry this year and the paddle boats at Canalside are still closed, but here's a list of water activities you can enjoy:

  • The Spirit of Buffalo, open now
  • Buffalo River History Tours, open now, daily
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Water Bikes of Buffalo, open on weekends, weather dependent
  • Miss Buffalo II, opens June 16th

"We've just been painting and cleaning and prepping as much as we can, because we've never had this much time to get ready," said Ryan Hayhurst, President of Buffalo Harbor Cruises.

Miss Buffalo II has gotten a makeover, which includes new bathrooms, a fresh coat of paint and new safety protocols. Cruisers will have to wear masks when boarding and remain socially distant. There will be face shields, touchless payment and hand sanitizer stations on board.

They're taking the same precautions at the Water Bikes of Buffalo at Canalside.

"Anything you might touch at water bikes of buffalo, we're going to make sure that it's sanitized and safe,so come out, have a great time, this is a great thing to do in the days of COVID," said Lisa Florczak, Owner.

As the summer continues, you can expect to see even more things opening up.

"Music cruises, afternoon cruises, live night, Caribbean night stuff like that, [we] look forward to seeing everybody and hope everyone has a great summer," said Rich Hilliman, Owner of the Spirit of Buffalo and Buffalo River History Tours.