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Summer bucket list: 21 things to do in the Buffalo area

One late spring night during my first official summer living in the city, I spent hours ferociously Googling. I scoured Facebook, blogs and media sites for festivals, concerts, events and restaurants. I jotted everything down, organized by date, in my notes app and sent the finished list to nearly everyone I knew.

Of course, I didn't end up crossing everything off my list that summer. There are still things on my original bucket list that I haven't gotten to and many more I've added. But during that initial search, a world opened up for me. Now every summer, my bucket list resurfaces and this year, I'm going to hold myself accountable to tackle it.

Here are 21 things I plan to do this summer.

1. Have a picnic on the Botanical Gardens lawn with tiny homemade sandwiches.

2. Sift through items for buried treasures at Antique World in Clarence. During the first and third Sundays of the month, go back for the Great American Garage Sale.

[Related: Read more about exploring Antique World]

3. Embrace Buffalo's industrial past during a grain elevator tour at Silo City.

4. Bring a yoga mat to the waterfront for free yoga at Wilkeson Pointe

5. Learn how to rock climb in the safety of a gym at the recently opened Central Rock Gym.

6. Drink cocktails at a mansion while a band plays on the roof at the Mansion on Delaware's Cocktails on the Lawn.

7. Zip line between silos at Buffalo RiverWorks.

8. If you're not too scared, have your future told by the mediums of Lily Dale, which is about an hour drive from Buffalo.

Jamestown's National Comedy Center is a personalized, choose-your-own-adventure museum of comedy. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

9. Peruse decades of comedy history, including a full exhibit on George Carlin's seven dirty words at Jamestown's National Comedy Center.

[Read more: National Comedy Center wins prestigious designation]

10. Soak in Buffalo's art scene by hopping between galleries and stopping to look at murals along the way.

11. Catch a cheap or free show at Nietzsche's, Mohawk Place and Pausa Art House

12. Take a bus around the Niagara Wine Trail to taste wines, cider, more wine and more cider.

13. Catch an outdoor movie at a drive-in, park and concert venue and not feel guilty about wasting the nice weather by watching movies, because it's outside.

14. Painstakingly concentrate during a Shakespeare in Delaware Park (June 20 to July 14 and July 25 to Aug. 18) performance in fear of dropping off at any part of the plot. If so, just laugh along when everyone else laughs to make it seem like understanding spoken Old English comes naturally.

15. Bask in the sun while weaving in and out of boutiques on one of Buffalo's shopping strips, such as Elmwood Avenue, Hertel Avenue, Allentown, downtown or in one of the suburbs.

The patio at the new Community Beer Works welcomes guests to enjoy their craft beer in the fresh air. (Ben Tsujimoto/Buffalo News)

16. Patio hop for mojitos, riesling and goses between several of Buffalo's best patios.

17. Bake on Lake Erie's luxurious, not-at-all-polluted, wonderful-smelling beaches.

18. Square dance, tango and swing at Buffalo's many dance lessons.

19. Kayak around silos here, here or here or canoe at Hoyt Lake.

20. Visit Western New York's lakeside villages, such as Olcott and Wilson, for boardwalk shopping, a bite to eat and a picnic by the water.

21. Eat some vegetables. Even better: eat local vegetables from area farmers markets. Here's a link to our 2018 guide.

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