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Everyday Summertime Fun

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  |  WHERE: Canalside (Buffalo, NY)




Fun Happens Here!

From paddle boating and ping pong to having a delicious meal and watching the sunset- there is always something to do at Canalside, every day!

Fun & Games

Canalside has full collection of lawn and table games available to play for FREE!

  • Location: Information Kiosk on the Central Wharf Boardwalk
  • Hours : Daily (beginning May 26) 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Don’t forget to bring the kids to the Beach for some fun in the sand and play on The Children’s Tug Boat, presented by EduKids Inc.

The Dinosaur Play Area featuring an 18 foot dinosaur and themed programming from the Buffalo Museum of Science!

  • Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk, behind The Dish.
  • Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

Daily Rentals, Tours, & Ferry Service

  • Rentals (Open Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day):
    • BlueCross BlueShield Blue Bike Rentals offers bike rentals for kids and adults!
      • Hours 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, daily.
      • $10 for your first hour, $5 for each additional hour, or $25 for a full day rental.  Present your BlueCross BlueShield member card and receive $5 off your rental
      • Location: Canalside Information Kiosk on the Central Wharf Boardwalk
    • Pedal and Paddle Boat Rentals offers fun for all ages on the replica Canals!
    • BFLO Harbor Kayak offers kayaks and SUP (stand up paddle-board) rentals and tours.
      • Open daily starting May 15, weekdays 9:00 am-7:00 pm, weekends 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.  For rates and tour info visit
      • Location: South end of Central Wharf Boardwalk, near the beach
    • Water Bikes of Buffalo: offers water bike and stand up pedal board rentals.
      • Open daily starting June 23, 10:00 am-7:00 pm (weekends only starting May 19). For rates and more info visit
      • Location: South end of Central Wharf Boardwalk, near the beach
  • Tour Boats:
    • The Spirit of Buffalo topsail schooner offers breathtaking day and evening sails and is available to rent for private events. For tour dates and info visit
      • Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk
    • Buffalo River History Tours offers boat tours along the Buffalo River, including tours of Buffalo’s Grain Elevators! For rates and tour information visit
      • Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk
  • Ferry Service:
    • The Queen City Bike Ferry offers bicycle and pedestrian ferry service from Canalside to the Buffalo Outer Harbor for $1 each way!
      • Hours (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day): Monday-Friday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday 8:00 am-8:00 pm.
      • Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk
  • Buffalo Double Decker Tours:
    • Climb aboard a vintage British double decker bus for a 90 minute tour focusing on Buffalo’s waterfront including the Outer Harbor and Buffalo River
  • Explore Buffalo Tours:
    • The official walking tour of Canalside!  Join Explore Buffalo as they walk you through the history of our site and the city of Buffalo

Food & Drink

  • The Dish is Canalside’s counter-service eatery featuring not-so-ordinary sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, & more (don’t forget to save room for ice cream)!  The Dish is open for lunch and dinner, includes seating and an expanded beer & wine garden- it’s the best place to relax by the water and enjoy the view with a drink in your hand!            Open daily starting May 26, 11am-9pm.

Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk, next to the Beach

For more information about the over 20 restaurants near Canalside, visit our Food and Dining page.

Public Art

Grain Elevator Illumination

  • The Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator Illumination is every night from sundown-11:00 pm and can be viewed from anywhere at Canalside
  • For more information visit our Grain Elevator Illumination page.

Shark Girl

  • A selfie favorite! Our most famous piece of Public Art (and darling of Buffalo social media feeds) is located at The Canals, by the Commercial Street Bridge
  • Shark Girl was created by artist Casey Riordan-Millard and is here as courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Erie County! Visit for more information.

Canalside Caricatures

  • Hours: Weekdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Weekends 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Beginning May 25th
  • Have a custom caricature drawn while you’re visiting Canalside!  The perfect memento to make your trip unforgettable!
  • Book your appointment in advance by visiting their scheduling page
  • Visit Canalside Caricatures for more information and to take advantage of a $5.00 off coupon offer.


The Canalside Information/Ticket Kiosk is open starting May 26:

  • Hours*: Daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm *weather pending

Location: Central Wharf Boardwalk

 Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park 

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is located at Canalside and takes you inside history with incredible exhibits and displays including actual historic documents, uniforms, military gear, photographs and so much more. Take tours of the USS Little Rock, the USS Croaker, and the USS The Sullivans. For more information visit

Our Neighbors

Visit the HARBORCENTER including the (716) Food & Sport and flagship Tim Hortons restaurant or grab a bite at Pizza Plant inside the One Canalside building.