Did you know that August is American Adventures month? While leaves will start changing colors next month and brave Western New Yorkers will be bracing for snow soon after, there's still time to load the family in the car and embark on a summer adventure together. Western New York Catholic schools have put together a list of 3 adventures you can enjoy with the family. Two would be perfect for a hot day and the other could be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Best of all, each offers a unique learning experience that is sure to keep everyone engaged.
Erie Canal Cruise
You and the family can stay cool and have a fun and educational journey while learning about the Erie Canal's history. Much of the famous canal that helped build Buffalo into an economic powerhouse remains the same as it was in the 1800's. Man-made to connect the Hudson and Niagara rivers, the 363-mile canal is an engineering masterpiece that holds secrets about the region's storied past. This unique, 2-hour cruise allows you and your family to "look through" and be raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Along the journey, a Coast Guard-licensed captain will detail the architecture, sights and folklore of the Erie Canal. Cruises depart from Lockport's year-round canal side.
Cruises start every day at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Adults ($17.50) Children 4-10 ($9) Children under 4 (free)
Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boat
This summer sure has been a hot one, and while trips to the beach, dips in the pool and ice cream help beat the heat, packing the family in the car for a high speed jet boat ride along the Niagara River Gorge is sure to be a wild and fun way to cool off. The hour-long tour engages passengers in class 5 and 6 rapids, motoring along the water at 50 mph while circling around and drenching everyone -- all in a safe environment! The knowledgeable tour guide will show you exciting visuals and history of the Niagara area on a fun adventure you won't soon forget. You'll be provided gear to help keep you dry, but you'll end up getting wet and still smile. Just be sure to bring a change of clothes and towels to keep in the lockers for the end of the ride.
Tours launch at 115 South Water St. in quaint Lewiston, NY
Adult ($61.00) Children ($51.00)
Buffalo Museum of Science
The entire family will find something to enjoy at the Buffalo Museum of Science. The popular Buffalo destination offers unique traveling exhibitions, a National Geographic 3D Cinema, incredible collections of over 700,000 specimens and artifacts as well as interactive science studios. Kids will have a blast recording their own weather forecasts or trying out the wind chamber in the "Marvelous Earth" exhibit. Other interactive activities include exploring health and the human body, building your own gravity wall in the "In Motion" studio and checking out the over 1,500 insect specimens in "Bug Works." The museum caters to all age groups including toddlers who can explore the Explorations early childhood gallery. Also, special workshops and classes are available every month. Head over to the museum's website to see the full listing of exhibits and activities and to schedule a trip for the family.
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211
Phone: (716) 896-5200
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adults ($11) seniors 62+ ($9) Students and Military ($9) Children 2-17 ($8) under 2 (FREE)
With just about a week before school starts, it's definitely time to make the most of what's left of the summer season. Whether you're spending it traveling, relaxing around the house or exploring outdoors, use the comment section to tell us about the summer adventures you've experienced. Everyone in our network of the best and highly ranked private schools in Western New York is looking forward to hearing all about your summer activities next month!