Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day 2012 in Buffalo

If you have a day off of work this Monday, relax at home or take advantage of the sunny skies and head outdoors. A high of 80 degrees is predicted, but bring an umbrella in case of scattered thunder storms.

1. Take a Walking Tour of Allentown

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $10 ($5 students)
More Information: Website

Discover how people lived 100 years ago and learn about Buffalo's early history. Enjoy a leisurely walk through charming streets lined with Victorian architecture in the historic Allentown district.

2. Board the Miss Buffalo for a Historic Buffalo River Tour

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $16 adults, $11 age 4-11
More Information: Website

When you board the Miss Buffalo, you'll visit the terminis of the Erie Canal, where Governor DeWitt Clinton dedicated the opening of the canal in 1823. You'll see WWII warships and the Buffalo waterfront including its grain mills, central wharf development and the new commercial slip.

3. Visit the Wildlife at the Buffalo Zoo

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $1
More Information: Website

Pick up a coupon at Tops Friendly Markets and enjoy $1 admission at the zoo. Spend your Labor Day in the rainforest or hang out with the lions and gorillas.

4. Hike at Panama Rocks

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 age 13-17, $5 age 6-12, free for ages 5 and under; cash only
More Information: Website

Panama Rocks Park in Chautauqua County dates all the way back to 1885. But the rock formations that you'll see as you hike through the park are much older at 300 million years old.

5. Walk, Read or Picnic at Delaware Park

Time: All day
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Pack a picnic and enjoy the warm weather this upcoming Labor Day. Walk around the Japanese Garden, which was built in the 1970s as a gesture of friendship between two sister cities, Buffalo and Kanazawa, Japan.

6. Spend a Day at the Farm at the Labor Day Harvest Festival

Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: No cost for admission; $3 for pony and hay rides
More Information: Website

At Becker Farms in Gasport, kids can ride ponies or take a hayride from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m, pet zoo animals and stay active on the playground. For adults, beer and wine is for sale in The Brewery and Winery. Food options include chicken B.B.Q and BBC's local lunches from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

7. Ride the Roller Coasters at Darien Lake

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $44.99 at the gate for adults, $29.99 at the gate for children 48" and under
More Information: Website

If you haven't been to Darien Lake yet, get your tickets before summer comes to a close. With your full-price admission, you'll get access to an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Corporate Grove in honor of Labor Day.

8. Take the Kids to Olcott Beach

Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Located on the site of the former Olcott Amusement Park, which operated in the 1940s, Olcott Beach Carousel Park celebrates the end of their season with a magic show at 2:30 p.m. and balloon animals from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All rides are fully restored and cost 25 cents.

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