Spirit of Buffalo offers adventure and smooth sailing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The cinnamon-colored sails of the Spirit of Buffalo have become a common sight along the Buffalo waterfront. And once on board, you’re in for a treat.

The classic schooner leaves the Central Wharf several times a day, seven days a week with something for people of all ages.

4Warn Meteorologist Todd Santos got to take the helm of the 73-foot beast and realized just how well mannered and comfortable the boat is, even for people who have never sailed before.

“We get people on the boat, we get them involved,” said Captain Rich Hilliman. “We get them to help hoist the sails and drive the boat. It’s really a great experience out on the water and you get to see the Buffalo Skyline from the water. One of the best views of the city of Buffalo is from right out there.”

Hilliman says the Spirit of Buffalo offers an educational program that leaves the dock almost every morning. On Saturdays, children can enjoy pirate adventures. And Wednesdays offer a relaxing mid-week treat for adults.

“Wednesday nights are our most popular night. We call it ‘Wine and the Wind’ and we use the wineries from the Niagara Wine Trail,” said Hilliman. “It’s a great night and it’s a sell out every week.”

The Spirit of Buffalo operates from May through October. Public cruises are 28 dollars for adults and 18 dollars for children. Saturday children’s pirate adventures are 23 dollars for adults and 19 dollars for children.

Private Charters are also available for groups, parties and weddings.

For more information, click here or call (716) 796-7210.

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