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Buffalo Date Ideas: 5 Fun and Romantic Dates in the Queen City

Published on August 19, 2021

a couple holding hands on one of their buffalo date nights

Last Updated: Dec. 6, 2021. Known as a vibrant arts center and “the city of trees” for its many parks and green spaces, Buffalo is one city that’s full of fun things to do and romantic date ideas. Whether you’ve lived in Buffalo for a while or you’re going to be passing through with your significant other sometime soon, there are plenty of options for spending the day or evening together in a unique way. Find out what the best Buffalo date ideas are.

5 Must-Try Buffalo Date Ideas

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and spend your date nights going to the same restaurant every week, or worse, forgo date night altogether. While life tends to get in the way for most couples, there’s always time to reignite that spark and do something that will revive your love for the city — and each other.

Without further ado, here are five the best Buffalo date ideas:

1. Visit an Art Museum

Located in Buffalo’s vibrant cultural center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been a staple of the city since the 19th Century. Check out one of their fascinating current exhibits like “The Space Between: Frank Lloyd Wright” or “Hervé Tuller: Shape and Color” and try to think of some clever artistic commentary beforehand to impress your date.

2. Go On a Tour of the City’s Best Street Art

Buffalo is also known for its beautiful and expressive street art and murals. Stroll through Hertel Avenue, the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor and the Black Rock area to check out some of the city’s most impressive outdoor murals while learning something new about the history of the area.

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3. Go Rock Climbing

Looking for a date idea that’s more active and will get your blood pumping? Your date will no doubt be impressed if you take them rock climbing for the day at an indoor gym like Central Rock Gym. Work your muscles and learn a new skill while you bond with your date (plus, you can be a true romantic hero and catch them if they fall, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen).

4. Set Sail on a Romantic River Cruise

If you’re looking for date ideas, the Buffalo waterfront has plenty of evening river cruises, sailboat outings and harbor adventures that would be perfect for an out-of-the-box date idea. You could even rent a paddleboat for two and bring a picnic lunch for a romantic day out on the water.

5. Cozy Up at the Drive-in

The Buffalo Waterfront also holds a regular drive-in movie series near the outer harbor, and it’s completely free (but we won’t tell your date that). Pack some blankets, pillows and snacks, and drive right in to catch classic flicks like “A Star is Born” or “Jurassic Park.”

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.