Summer is over.  I hate to be the one to break the news to you but when we started seeing that white stuff we like to call snow I can officially say the summer of 2011 is OVER.   Even with that fact in mind it doesn’t mean you can just hibernate all winter long!  There are so many activities in Buffalo during the winter time that you need to experience!

Aquarium of Niagara

If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m an animal, fish, any type of creature lover so don’t be too surprised when I tell you an amazing place to check out this year would be the Aquarium of Niagara.  From the outside the building looks small but once you walk in you’ll enter a world under the sea!  Right off the bat, make sure you check out the penguins, they're my favorite!   Any creature that feels it’s necessary to wear a tuxedo everywhere they go gets stars in my book!  Seriously, I know many of you feel the same way about penguins as me!  Anyways, once you get passed the penguins there is a wide variety of fish you’ll have to discover.  From fish like giant catfish to ones with gigantic eyes, you’ll see it all!  Another amazing tank you’ll get to check out is the Sharks.  I have a cousin that LOVES sharks and I could barely tear her away from the shark tank.  They don’t look as mean as the stories I hear but they do look like they could do some damage.  Right in the center of it all is the big giant tank that houses the sea lions!  They are so playful and happy to be there you can't help but smile at them!  Soon you’ll find that you’ve been lost in the Aquarium of Niagara for hours.  With over 40 aquatic exhibits you’ll learn something new at each tank!  The Aquarium of Niagara is on Whirlpool Street in Niagara Falls. 

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center

Another interesting place I encourage you to check out is Hawk Creek Wildlife Center.  (Again are you surprise that I think you should go see the animals!)  This place is amazing in my opinion.  Hawk Creek is a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  If you can’t tell by its name Hawk Creek Specializes in the care, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wildlife.  These people get to help out those animals that can’t help themselves and gives them a second chance at life.  There is so much fun for the entire family there too!  You’ll get the chance to see a flying bird show, experience wild animal encounters (NO it’s not like the wildlife encounter you had with that squirrel the other day either!), you’ll get a tour of the area, and more.  There are so many animals there that you can learn about too!  At the center there are Exotic wild cats, eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, and my personal favorite the owls.  I could spend hours learning about the owls! Hawk Creek is located on Luther Road in East Aurora