A new way to be active: adventure sports in Buffalo

On October 9, 2012

  • Sky Zone owns the world’s first all-trampoline walled playing court. It has activities aimed toward physical fitness and fun. Courtesy of Sky Zone

As a proud Buffalonian, I can say the Western New York area has more to offer than chicken wings and a below-average football team. As a former athlete and current adventure enthusiast, I love the physically challenging activities I can do throughout the four seasons here. Some of my favorite activities happen all over the Buffalo area and often at reasonable prices.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park: 425 Cayuga Rd., Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Buffalo's first and only indoor trampoline park is the world's first all-trampoline walled playing court. Any age, size or physical ability is welcomed. I've never had so much fun pretending I'm a Parkour master, jumping off the walls and doing flips like I'm a bona fide Olympic gymnast into a foam pit, dunking on one of two basketball hoops or playing dodge ball on a full-sized dodge ball court.

If simply jumping around isn't your style, there are also "SkyPerformance" classes, which burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. Prices of classes vary and free-jump sessions vary in price and time. You can buy tickets to jump online, print out a waiver at home and bring it in so you're good to jump as soon as you get there.

Niagara Climbing Center: 1333 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda, N.Y.

If rock climbing is your thing but you don't feel like driving to your nearest mountain range, then Niagara Climbing Center is the place for you. With over 6,000 square feet of climbing terrain and 30 stations to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers, NCC accommodates every climber. Instructors teach beginners how to work the climbing equipment and provide shoes to climb in. Group rates apply and one student pass costs $12, which includes a lesson and a harness.

Sky High Adventure Park: Route 219, Ellicottville, N.Y.

If you don't mind going about an hour outside Buffalo into picturesque Ellicottville, this aerial park is one of my new favorite things to do in the Buffalo area between April 28 and Oct. 8. The Holiday Valley Ski Resort opened the park for the summer months, cleverly constructing an elaborate course that doesn't disappoint. The three-hour sessions cost $45 and include a harness, a lesson and the option to zip line to the ground when you're done.

Chestnut Ridge Park: 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Orchard Park, N.Y.

Chestnut Ridge Park is home to activities for all seasons, but in the winter season, the park spices up the cold Buffalo winter with tobogganing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking and snowmobiling. Toboggan chutes are operated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays.

Ice Skating in Rotary Rink: Fountain Plaza, Main St., Buffalo N.Y.

If you're looking for a fun, leisurely activity in downtown Buffalo, then ice skating at Rotary Rink is the place to be. Bring your own skates and it's free, but if you don't have skates, renting a pair of skates is only $3. Snacks and beverages are available in the heated concession area, and the rink is surrounded by just a few of the city's beautiful architecture, such as the Key Center, M&T Center, Bank of America and the Gold Dome buildings.

BFLO Harbor Kayak: 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, N.Y.

For those of you drawn to the water, renting a kayak and paddling up and down the waterfront is a refreshing way to liven up a summer day. Renters can rent a single, double or a stand-up paddleboard to paddle around the harbor front. Lessons are also available for the less experienced and hourly prices start at just $15.

Disc Golf: Delaware Park, Buffalo, N.Y.

For Frisbee and Kan Jam lovers all over Buffalo, disc golf may be a new and exciting way to spend an afternoon in Delaware Park. The objective is to throw a Frisbee in a chain basket located on a pole. The number of throws to land in the basket formulates your score. A set of three disc golf Frisbees is around $20. So get out there and try your hand at "Frolfing."


These are just some of the fun activities available to everyone all over the Buffalo area. So check them out and enjoy the best adventure sports Buffalo has to offer.


Email: lisa.epstein@ubspectrum.com

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