Buffalo, New York is an exciting city to live in, but sometimes you might crave a change of pace. Are you tired of all the traffic from tourists going to Niagara Falls? Do you want to get away from your daily routine for at least a weekend? Then take a look at these amazing destinations near Buffalo. Book a stay at one of many incredible New York vacation rentals where you can spend a weekend away with your family in a quiet, peaceful town before returning to the big city.

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1. Corning

Located just a two and a half hour drive from Buffalo, Corning is a quiet town that’s home to a spectacular Museum of Glass. The museum features a number of unique exhibits, including an ancient glass portrait of an Egyptian pharaoh. At the Museum of Glass, you and your children can learn everything about the 3,500-year-old art of glass-making. During your visit, you can observe masters of the craft make unique pieces, and if you feel particularly inspired — try making something from glass yourself. If your little ones are craving more traditional fun activities, visit Fun Park to play some mini-golf or have fun at laser tag. Once you’ve built up an appetite, try some Italian food from the family-owned eatery, Sorge’s Restaurant.

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2. Clayton

Located about four hours away from Buffalo, Coyote Moon Vineyards — one of New York state’s best award-winning wineries — is famous all over the US. If you’re looking for knowledgeable staff and friendly atmosphere in addition to delicious wine, then this place is a must-visit. Before getting back to your vacation rental after a day of wine tasting, enjoy the sunset on Saint Lawrence River with your loved one. Drive down to The Source the next morning, this family restaurant with a long history is famous for their brunch, and make sure to try their pancakes, they’re delicious!

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3. Watkins Glen

Drive down to Watkins Glen with your friends or family to have some fun on the waters of Seneca Lake. Rent a sailing boat to enjoy the view of the shore from the water and try fishing from the boat, or visit one of the many equipment rental shops, such as Schooner Excursions, Inc., to rent diving gear if you feel like adding a bit of adrenaline to your weekend. In the evening, take a relaxing boat cruise on the lake and enjoy the sunset while eating a delicious meal. If you’re a car enthusiast, make sure to visit Watkins Glen International during your trip for some top-level car racing.

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4. Ellicottville

An hour drive away from Buffalo, Sky High Aerial Adventure Park is a great place for people who like to combine rest with adventures. The largest establishment in New York state, Sky High Aerial Park features 13 courses with varying levels of difficulty. Don’t worry, Sky High provides everyone with a set of special gear which prevents you from falling if you slip. For another dose of adrenaline, head down to the Sky Flyer Roller coaster that spirals down the mountain through the trees. Don’t forget to stop by Watson’s Chocolates to relax with a cup of hot chocolate after an adventurous day.

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5. Saratoga Springs

Are you a horse racing fan? Then, visiting Saratoga Springs is worth every second of the drive. Established more than 150 year ago, Saratoga Race Course is one of the oldest and most famous horse race tracks in the US. Enjoy the racing, make a couple of bets, and have some dinner at the Turf Terrace located right in front of the track. On the next day, head to one of Saratoga Springs’ museums, such as the Tang Teaching Museum, which features contemporary art pieces, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, or New York State Military Museum.

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6. Warren

Just two hours away from Buffalo lies the town of Warren, PA — a beautiful, quiet place where you can spend all weekend enjoying the nature. Take a break from the noisy big city walking down the forest paths. Make sure to get to the Rimrock Overlook to enjoy the breathtaking views of the small village. When you get tired of walking, have some barbecue ribs at Ribs n’ Bones Restaurant, and get a dessert to go for a late night treat at your vacation home.

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7. Rochester

If you’re craving a fun, yet educational getaway with your little ones, head east to the town of Rochester. While visiting the city, go to the Strong National Museum of Play — a museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It’s fully interactive, so you can play with everything you see. Head down to Durand Eastman Park to have a relaxing picnic and enjoy the nature after a day of fun. Dedicate your second day in town to the Rochester Museum and Science Center. All about science, technology, engineering, and math, this museum provides everyone with the memorable experience of building robots, exploring the exhibits, playing with lasers, and so much more — this is the perfect place to get your children interested in science. If you’re craving some aesthetic pleasure after a day of science, visit Artisanworks to check out the masterpieces of local artists.

For dinner, enjoy the retro ambiance of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, or the upbeat atmosphere of Sticky Lips Pit BBQ. If you’re craving breakfast foods, Jines Restaurant serves all-day breakfast and brunch and offers sidewalk seating so that you can enjoy the weather.

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