Summer in the city is one of my favorite times of year. The concerts, the festivals, dining al fresco… and then late June/July heat sets in. And I’m ready for a mini-escape.

Visit Buffalo-Niagara is offering a great ‘beat the heat’ vacation package this summer — a fab alternative to a beach excursion if that’s not your thing. A doable seven hour drive from Baltimore, Buffalo offers a variety of family-friendly options that your kids will chatter on about for months.

They’ve made all the travel planning easy for you — enter your travel dates, select from one of 28 area hotels, pick two attractions and hit “book.” You can vary the hotel accommodations to fit your budget.

What attractions can you pick from?

Niagara Falls State Park USA Discovery Pass
Of course, the Falls is the main attraction and Niagara Falls State Park just happens to be oldest state park in the United States. Th Niagara USA Discovery Pass includes access to the Cave of the Winds Tour, Maid of the Mist ®, Niagara: Legends of Adventure movie, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, the Aquarium of Niagara and one day of unlimited transportation on the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Adult passes are $33 and child passes are $26. Guess what? Children under 5 are FREE.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
Perfect for the pint sizer in your life that loves BIG machines! All branches of the US Military are represented at this waterfront Military Park. Explore big ships, planes, a tank and more! Image courtesy of Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

Whirlpool Jet Boats
Kids ages six and older will love this super fun whitewater adventure through the Niagara Gorge. If you have a little adventurer in your life, this is a don’t miss.

So if you’re looking to beat the heat this summer, definitely check this out! {And if you go, we’re love to hear about your adventures!}

A note about this post: This post was sponsored by Visit Buffalo-Niagara, but all opinions expressed are mine. I have such great memories of visiting Niagara Falls with my family as a kid that it’s definitely a trip on my “must do” list with my own kids.  Plus, the way they have packaged the trip makes it wallet friendly for families on a budget.