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Visiting Explore & More at Buffalo’s Canalside

May 28, 2019

Our family recently had the opportunity to preview the new Explore & More Museum at Buffalo’s Canalside where we dug deeper into the history of Buffalo and used our creative minds to build and play!

From a 2-story waterfall to an “ice” rink you can skate around on your socks, this museum has plenty of places to discover for children of all ages. As your kids play, be sure to check out the surrounding walls for information on Buffalo’s past and present. 

Here are a few of the most memorable parts of our visit:

Fox’s Favorites

An Elevator You Can Draw On — Grab a marker and write your name on the inside of the elevator! He loved spotting his name each time we hopped back in to go to a different floor.

Moving Water — At the bottom of the waterfall, Fox found himself learning about the Erie Canal, locks, and how electricity is produced. He skipped the smock and got all wet, drying off at a fun wind station afterwards. 

Snacktime — Fox was in the mood for an applesauce, but he had one eye on the gummy worm dirt cups at all times! They also have meals and snacks for the adults. Wegmans sushi? Yes please!

Charlie’s Choice

Quiet Room — I was very impressed that the museum has accommodations for both nursing moms and kids who need a break from all the stimulation of people and play. On the fourth floor there’s a quiet room which Charlie and I took for a spin when he woke up from his nap.

Parent Picks

Tyler found the Farm to Fork exhibit engaging as we went from farm life to selling goods at the market and onto the kitchen to cook. My favorite? Building Buffalo where you can press a button with a Buffalo landmarks name to see its location light up on the map, including where we were standing at Explore & More!

We’re looking forward to the Rooftop Terrace opening, where you’ll see views of the city skyline and fireworks from the Bisons summer games.

Explore & More opens this spring at Buffalo’s Canalside. Limited advance preview tickets are available on the website.

Let me know what your favorite part is after you check it out!

Sarabeth, The February Fox

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  • Reply Concreter Adelaide October 5, 2023 at 12:15 am

    The museum hosts special events and activities throughout the year, such as themed parties, holiday celebrations, and family-friendly festivals. Check their calendar for upcoming events.

  • Reply Dental Crowns Willoughby October 5, 2023 at 5:35 am

    The museum features a wide range of interactive exhibits that cater to various interests and age groups. These exhibits often focus on themes related to Buffalo’s history, the Erie Canal, and the Great Lakes. Children can enjoy hands-on learning experiences while exploring topics like transportation, waterways, and more.

  • Reply Ombre Brows Adelaide October 5, 2023 at 5:37 am

    There are several parking options near Canalside, including surface lots and parking ramps. Some may have fees, so be prepared for that.

  • Reply Plumbers Upper North Shore October 5, 2023 at 5:38 am

    Canalside itself is a popular destination with activities like waterfront concerts, ice skating in the winter, and various festivals and events. You’ll also find nearby attractions like the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, the Buffalo History Museum, and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

  • Reply Stump Grinding Castle Hill October 5, 2023 at 5:39 am

    Buffalo’s Canalside offers an outdoor play area where children can run around and enjoy the fresh air. There may be seasonal activities and events held in this area as well.

  • Reply Peter May 17, 2024 at 5:36 am

    It’s a fantastic destination for both education and entertainment in the heart of Buffalo, New York.

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