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Commentary: Things for teens to do this summer

Now that its warming up around Western New York, and with summer finally here, it seems everyone wants to be outside.

Whether you are trying to find something to do with friends or family, there is something out there for every occasion. So what are some things you can do now that the temperature is rising? In Wheatfield, Adventure Speedway is now open. It has go-karts, an arcade and bumper boats. For more information, visit

Or try your putting skills with miniature golf. Places like the Paddock Golf Dome and Adventure Landing, both in Tonawanda, along with many other places in Western New York, offer this family friendly activity.

Or how about catching a movie at the drive-in?

“I love the drive-in. Not many people know that there is one around here though,” said Anthoney Scalzo, a freshman at Niagara Wheatfield High School. “I would definitely try to go see a movie there this summer now that it’s open.”

The Transit Drive-in in Lockport is one of the only drive-ins still around in Western New York. To see what’s playing, check it out online at

Get wet at area pools and beaches.

“My friends and I love going to Beaver Island beach during summer,” said Kayla Summerville, a freshman at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore. “It’s so much fun to build sand castles and collect seashells, while spending a day in the sun with your friends.”

For more information on local pools, check with your town’s recreation department.

As far as entertainment goes, outdoor theater is very popular in Western New York. With many options from community theater groups like In Good Company Productions, to Artpark’s theater program, to Shakespeare in Delaware Park, you can definitely find a play or musical to see this summer.

If theater isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of concerts. Buffalo Rocks the Harbor and Gateway Harbor are just two ideas for free concerts in the area.

And then there are all the festivals. Canal Fest, Erie County Fair, the Chicken Wing festival and Brighton Field Days are just a few of the many festivals that are being held this summer. For more information on all these festivals, log on to

Running, jogging, biking and fishing are all things you can do in area parks, such as Niawanda Park in Tonawanda or Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island.

The Buffalo Zoo is another great way to spend the day. Luna, the new polar bear, is definitely worth the visit.

If you’re up for an adventure, don’t forget about Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour and the Cave of the Winds are all awesome ways to explore the falls.

No matter what you decide to do now that summer is here, be sure to have tons of fun and try something new.

Olivia Tober is a freshman at Niagara Wheatfield High School.