By Alexa Rusin

After a particularly long and painful winter, it seems as though summer has finally arrived here in Buffalo. If you are like me and complained about the cold to anyone who would listen, you are not allowed to stay inside on the couch all day blasting the AC and watching Netflix. Get out of the house and get some fresh air and sunshine! Here are some great outdoor activities to get you moving and taking advantage of our one month of decent weather.

Walk It Out – Grab a friend (friend can have four legs and a wagging tail) and go for a stroll. Get out early in the morning or a little bit before sunset to get your steps in while beating the heat. Bonus points if you snap a pic of a sunrise or sunset.

Hit the Trails – There are lots of spots in and around Buffalo where you can get in touch with your inner explorer without it turning into a Man vs. Wild situation. A personal favorite of mine is the Niagara Gorge Hiking Trail because of the beautiful river.

On the Water – Head to one of Buffalo’s kayak rentals like Silo City Paddling Co. and take a kayak or paddle board out onto the water to tackle arm day. This is also a great way to see all the restoration and clean up happening around the harbor.

Night Bike – Strap on your helmet and take to the streets with dozens of other cyclists for Buffalo’s Sunday Night Bike Ride. Go with a group or fly solo, you’re guaranteed to make some new friends that you can head out with next week.

Fitness in the Parks – Break a sweat at one of Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s outdoor fitness classes. Just check out their schedule, pick a class, and show up – no hassle or registration required.

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