Your summer plans may look a lot different this year, but the good news is you can still enjoy the beautiful weather while taking the proper steps to prioritize your health and the well-being of those around you.

We’ve compiled a list of activities that can help you make the most of Buffalo’s best months, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. Grab your mask, leave the anxiety at home, and stay safe!


10 Activities You Can Still Do in WNY This Summer


Go for ice cream. 

Nothing beats a cold treat on a hot day! Luckily, many of Western New York’s favorite spots have walk-up windows for ordering or have created drive thrus so you can keep your distance. If you decide to go inside, wear a mask, and designate one member of your party to take everyone’s order instead of multiple people going in.


Catch a movie at the drive-in.

Thankfully, drive-in movies are one summertime staple that remains perfectly safe, even during a global pandemic. Also, most nearby drive-ins have implemented a safety protocol if you need to use the bathroom facilities or want to visit the snack stand. You can further minimize interaction by bringing your own treats!


Go for a hike on a nature trail.

Hiking is a great way to get active while spending quality time with your loves ones. Remember to bring your mask, especially if you’re headed to one of the region’s more popular hiking destinations. If you’re especially weary of other hikers, go a little off the grid and explore a more rural area where you can keep your distance.


Go camping.

Whether you’re a veteran or first-time camper, it’s a great way to get closer to nature while still protecting your health this summer. Camping gives you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with people you’ve already been quarantining with. Just be sure to note reservation requirements and safety protocols for the campground you select.


Pick berries. 

Summer is berry season! Picking locally-grown produce is a great way to pass the time. Bonus: You also get the deliciousness, antioxidants, and full nutrients that fresh berries provide.


Visit the beach.

On especially hot days, WNY beaches offer a great way to beat the heat. When you’re setting up on the beach, remember to mark your spot at least six feet from other sunbathers. Wear your mask when you aren’t able to social distance, and don’t forget the sunscreen!


Explore the city and find Buffalo’s murals. 

Like going to the art museum? Introducing the socially-distant version! A number of artists have left their mark on Buffalo by painting murals, many of them close to the downtown area. Print out a map and see how many you can see in a day!


Go on a picnic.

Just like going to the beach, packing a picnic gives you to opportunity to stake your claim on your space – meaning you can enjoy the day while remaining socially-distant. After packing a well-balanced meal, bring a blanket to your favorite local park, or find a spot on the water!


Catch lightning bugs.

It’s all about the simple things, folks. Fortunately, COVID-19 doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a warm summer night in the backyard, with the people you love.


Go fishing.

Fishing is a great activity all the time, but especially now because it’s enjoyable as a solo activity or with a group. Casting your lines requires you to keep a safe distance from other fishermen, to begin with. If you’re a novice, head to the water with the guidance of someone who’s more experienced.

For more ideas of safe activities to do locally, check out this list from Step Out Buffalo.