Post Adoption Contact Visit Ideas in Buffalo

Adoption STAR is a not-for-profit adoption agency in New York, Ohio and Florida. The agency firmly believes that post adoption contact (open adoption), when appropriate, is what’s best for all parties involved, especially the children.

 Open adoption visits between adoptive families and birth families should be a time to celebrate the adoption journey and create relationships. These visits can be as simple as a picnic in the park or going swimming at a local pool, to theme parks and adventures. On this page you will find an extensive list of open adoption visit ideas that have been suggested by Adoption STAR clients and staff members in the Buffalo area.

 This list can be updated regularly, so if you have any suggestions that you do not see on the list, please email with the subject “Open Adoption Visit Project” and we will work to add your idea.

Below are all of the “outdoor activities” that can be done in Buffalo during an open adoption visit. There are many more ideas on the complete list, which you can download as a PDF here. Stay tuned for lists from more cities, including Rochester, Cincinnati, Albany, New York City and more!

Outdoor Activities

–       Erie Canal Cruise – Lockport

  • Sightseeing cruise that shows off history of Erie canal
  • Phone: (315)717-0350
  • Location: 800 Mohawk St. Herimer, NY
  • Website:

–       Maid of the Mist

  • Boat ride through Niagara Falls
  • Phone: (716)248-8897
  • Location: (US shipping address)151 Buffalo Avenue. Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • Website:

–       Go down to the river in Tonawanda for ice cream (Old Man River)

–       Participate in the Ronald McDonald House 5k run and Fisher Price Place Space

  • There is a 1k walk for children usually and the play space is set up next door at Canisius and always looks like lots of fun (MM)
  • Race takes place Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 pm
  • Contact Maureen Wopperer for more info: (716)883-1177

–       Sledding at Chestnut Ridge

  • Phone: (716)662-3290
  • Location: 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127

–       Feed the ducks at Glen Falls/Ellicott Creek

–       Sweet Jenny’s

  • Ice cream and desert shop
  • Phone: 631-2424
  • Location: 5732 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14221

–       Town of Amherst Pool/Clearfield Splash Park

–       Ice skating downtown at Fountain Plaza

–      Botanical Gardens

–       Old Fort Niagara

  • Right on the Niagara River, For Niagara played important roles in the battles between France, Great Britain and the US in their quests to control the Great Lakes. Is a Historic landmark. Great place to visit, and has several events each month.
  • Phone: (716)745-7611
  • Website:

–       Buffalo Zoo

–       Shakespeare in the Park

–       Erie Basin Marina

–       LaSalle Park

–       Martin Luther King Park

  • Intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue in downtown Buffalo

–       Shopping on Elmwood Strip and Allentown strip

–       Free movie nights on lawn at UB North and South campuses in summer

–       Glenn Falls

–       Old Home Day

  • Tuesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 16
  • Family fun at Williamsville fair.
  • Location: Main St. Williamsville, NY
  • Website:

To download the PDF of all of the open adoption visit ideas in Buffalo, please click here.