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Let's face it. Vacations are loads of fun, but sometimes our bank accounts aren't loaded with the funds to fulfill our wanderlust needs. Life is just too darn expensive sometimes to splurge on that airline ticket to the tropics.
Far too often, we tend to overlook the fun in our very own backyards! Just because Disney isn't in your family's budget this year, doesn't mean you can't book a weekend of family fun just a few miles away from your very own home!
What if I told you fun awaits you and the kiddos at the Walden Galleria?
That giant mall right off of 90 that you pass every time you're heading to the airport! Jam freakn packed with entertainment for the whole family. Whether you're 9 or 99, there is fun for all. The best part of all? You can totally turn that day trip to the mall into a Staycation since fabulous accommodations await you right across the street!
Let me tell you why your family needs a Walden Galleria Staycation stat!
Buffalo New York’s largest destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment! With an impressive mix of over 200 retail stores, there is something for everyone at Walden Galleria! You’ll find favorites like Sephora, Apple, Pink, Pottery Barn, Macy's, Michael Kors and H&M.
WNY weather can be pretty funky. 90 one day, blizzarding the next! Regardless of what it looks like outside, it’s always a fabulous day at Walden Galleria! So take your mind off that awful weather and shop to you drop!
Journey into Billy's Rainforest for a one-of-a-kind adventure! Its massive Play Arena is the home of wildly twisting slides, a toddler area and more!
The best part of all? You're kiddo can play until they are beat. You can then leave to do some shopping & since you are still rockin that all-day wrist band on your arm.... That's right, take the kiddos back in for one last hoorah before you leave the mall to make sure they are officially zonked so they pass out and sleep thorough the night!
3. Eat Drink Play at Dave & Busters
Play the newest arcade games, enjoy chef-crafted creations, sip innovative cocktails & watch your favorite sports team in the sports bar that crushes the competition!
Dave & Busters has been a family favorite for years! Hubby can shoot hoops while watching hoops on the big screens, my daughter can play all the arcade games she wants & I can indulge in some delicious food and cocktails since I'm not that into games what so ever! My all time favorite dish? The Teriyaki Sirloin. It's a Dave & Busters "faves"and once you enjoy it for yourself, you will totally see why! It is the only thing you will ever see me order.
4. Build a Bear
Bring your little loved one to Build-A-Bear for an experience that they are sure to remember! Build-A-Bear Workshop actively works to bring the Teddy Bear to life and give children an unforgettable furry friend. At Build-A-Bear, children can custom build, name and accessorize their stuffed animal and leave with a new best friend. Nothing says it better than the smile they will have on their face when they're done.
We like to call Build-A-Bear, Build-A-Pony since every time we hit up Build-A-Bear, my daughter chooses to build a pony! Safe to say all kiddos have the best time at Build-A-Bear. How can they not when they are building their own, custom toy?
5. Brunch at Bar Louie
Experience your local bar with handcrafted martinis, cocktails and a scratch kitchen during happy hour,late night or brunch!
Brunch is my favorite meal of the week! Hello mimosas! Bar Louie just happens to have a delicious one, along with other delicious treats such as lettuce Wraps, burgers, even a special brunch menu on Saturday & Sundays to go along with their already yummy menu!
6. Family Movie Night
Don't get Regal Cinemas confused with your average theater, their stadium seating ensures there's not a bad seat in the house when it comes time to watch your favorite actors and actresses. You no longer need to worry about the extremely tall man sitting in front of you, or if you are that extremely tall man, don't worry about not having room for your legs...there is plenty of it!
Nothing better than a movie night! Check out the latest flicks while lounging in comfort after a day of shopping at the Walden Gallaria.
7. Snacks at the Cheesecake Factory
Beginning as a small family bakery, The Cheesecake Factory has shown immense growth since the original slice of cheesecake. There with over 200 menu items made from scratch everyday and 30 scrumptious flavors of cheesecake!
After a long day of shopping and playing at Billy Beez, I'm sure you will want to pick up a snack to enjoy later in the evening! Cheesecake Factory has your midnight snacking needs covered with slices of cheesecake you can purchase by the slice. Can we say yum?!
8. Chocolate Covered Strawberries at Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is the premier fondue restaurant with more than 125 locations in North America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Come out for date night, or bring the family for a unique dining experience like no other!
Who wouldn't want to snack on some yummy chocolate covered strawberries after a day trecking the mall? Strawberries not your fancy? Don't worry! You can dip a variety of desserts into your melted chocolate such as rice krispy teats & brownies!!! Definitely a dessert experience the family will never forget!
9.Unwind at the Home2Suites
(Directly across the street!!!!)
Discover a home on the road at Home2 Suites by Hilton conveniently located across the street from all the fun at the Galleria Mall. So after you spent your day shopping until you dropped, you can retire to a fabulous suite right across the street ;-)
This very colorful, all-suite hotel also offers a shuttle service to any location within 1.5 miles of the hotel. So you can park your vehicle for the weekend at the hotel and take the shuttle back and forth to the mall to avoid the headache of searching for that parking spot. Home2 Suites by Hilton also has 24/7 shuttle service to the Buffalo Airport and Depew Train Station. They want to take all the transportation stresses away from you during your stay!
Feel at home, in Buffalo. Home2 flexible suites include a living area for entertaining or throwing 30th birthday parties like we did for my hubby. Full kitchens with dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators for drinkie and snackie purposes! You can also watch all the cartoons your kiddos desire on the 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and post all those staycation photos on Facebook with free WiFi.
You and the family can also take a dip in the indoor saline pool! We love it when hotels up north have indoor pools since you can't predict the weather in these parts! It's rather relaxing and such a stress reliever when you realize your trip doesn't depend on the weather mans forecast!
As fabulous as the pool is, it does get crowded at night! I think everyone has the idea, shop all day and swim all night, so be prepared for lots of kids! The positive is if your kiddo is an only child like mine, they will have new friends to play with!
You can also unwind on the patio which has an awesome fire pit and then grill some steaks on the Weber barbeque grill. The fire pit and patio were the selling points to me when it came to this specific property! Nothing better than relaxing next to a fire with a glass of wine in your hand after a busy day!
Need to burn off those calories after eating your way through the Walden Gallaria? You can get your fitness on at the Spin2Cycle gym!
Enjoy a free breakfast at the Inspired Table™ while charging your smartphone in the relaxed, modern Oasis!! I love it when hotels offer FREE hot breakfast! It's always a perk when booking a hotel & Home2 Suites offers a decent hot breakfast with premade breakfast sandwiches, make your own waffles, cereals, yogurts, even fruits!
So if you're craving that dream vacation, but your wallet is saying no! Maybe a staycation to the Walden Gallaria is exactly what you need!!! Eat, drink, play, shop, swim & relax! Your kids will thank you for it!
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5/15/2017 04:34:16 pm
I haven't been to the Melting Pot in ages. YUM. Sounds like an awesome staycation you had!!
5/15/2017 05:20:37 pm
I don't know if we have anything like this in the UK but it does look like a great place for kids to have fun! xx corinne
5/15/2017 05:40:44 pm
Awesome suggestions for a staycation! I love Dave and Busters and the Cheesecake Factory!!! We live in Australia so we hit up malls pretty hard when we come visit the states!
5/15/2017 06:18:37 pm
My dad was born in Buffalo and I have been dying to go there. I would love to visit all these places! Such a great post and very informative. Thanks!
5/15/2017 06:29:17 pm
Oh how cool!! I love how fun this looks for the whole family. Definitely the best part of any trip!
5/15/2017 06:38:42 pm
Cheesecake factory is always a great idea anywhere!! And the melting pot looks so good, I would love to go there.
5/15/2017 06:54:46 pm
There is just so much to do there, it becomes an attraction in it's own right - in addition to serving those who live in the area. It's so good to know there is a decent amount to do and experience when visiting Buffalo. This list as well as the lovely photos and video have really been very interesting and helpful for when we visit.
5/15/2017 07:06:43 pm
I would love to have a staycation at this hotel. Hiltons are always my favorite hotels.
5/15/2017 07:52:13 pm
What a fun staycation. I know I am an adult but I quite like the sound of Billy's Beez. The cheesecake factory would be awesome x
5/15/2017 08:17:20 pm
Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun! I'd love to visis there!
5/15/2017 08:32:56 pm
Thank you for the reminder! It is so easy to over look what is right in front of us! Love this post!
5/15/2017 09:17:47 pm
This looks like a great place to stay! I love D&B for family fun and games and their food is delicious.
5/15/2017 09:20:13 pm
That looks amazing to me. And it looks like a lot of fun. I could see myself having some fun here. I would really love it.
5/15/2017 09:52:59 pm
What a cool place for parents and kids to explore! There is so much you can do as a family :)
5/15/2017 10:19:13 pm
It sounds like you and your family had an amazing staycation. My family & I absolutely love going to build a bear and we love Dave and Busters. It's so fun there. I cannot wait until my son is older and can enjoy it as much as I do!
5/15/2017 10:36:51 pm
Yay! This is perfect for the whole family during school break. Good food, entertainment's awesome and nice accommodation.
5/15/2017 10:54:48 pm
I love a good little getaway, even if it's not that far! There are lots of things to do there! I will have to tell my husband to add it to our list of places to visit.
5/16/2017 02:05:45 am
Awesome choice for a staycation! A great hotel and a mall right across the street? Yes. Perfect choice for me too.
5/16/2017 02:19:08 am
wow! looks like a lot of fun and exciting activities to do with the kids!! im sure everyone willl enjoy to visit the place!
5/16/2017 03:15:38 am
Who wouldn't want to vacation here especially if you're feeling a little stressed lately! I would love to go around and enjoy everything that's available.
5/16/2017 04:49:02 am
I don't think I need more reasons! These are awesome and it's definitely tempting to go there!
5/16/2017 06:11:58 am
This looks like such a great family vacation! There is so much to do my son would love it and Buffalo isn't that far of a drive from home. We could totally make this our summer vacation!
5/16/2017 08:59:26 am
This looks awesome! There seems to be so much to do there. It would be a fun place to visit if I am ever in the area with my kids.
5/16/2017 09:26:43 am
I love staycations! It's so hard to get my whole family packed and ready for a big trip so sometimes local things are just what we need!
5/16/2017 09:36:59 am
Wow, that place looks like so much fun! What a great family vacation y'all had.
5/16/2017 09:49:02 am
wow, this looks like a really cool place, seems like you had so much fun!!
5/16/2017 10:02:51 am
This place looks unreal! How fun! I love staycations. They are always so much more relaxing.
5/16/2017 10:24:54 am
There's so much that you can do here. I'm definitely in it for the shopping and the food! It would be nice to staycation here.
5/16/2017 10:44:42 am
I love staycations! This sounds like it would be really fun, and like many reasons to stay. Looks like a lot of fun for kids too which is so important!
5/16/2017 11:21:57 am
I've been to this place a few times when we cross the border into Buffalo for some shopping, didn't realize there's so much more to do! We usually stop by the Cheesecake Factory.
We don't have most of these places here in Canada, but there are so many lovely local shops, parks, and events all year round that you could literally live here and vacation here at any point and probably be satisfied :D This is a great alternative to those expensive getaways for sure!
5/16/2017 01:15:35 pm
The Melting Pot is one of my all-time favorite places! This is a great idea book for building up a great staycation. Thank you!
5/16/2017 01:33:58 pm
This looks like so much fun. I love the idea of a place that has everything for the family.
5/16/2017 01:35:05 pm
I wish we had something like this near me. I love places where there is something for everyone, from food to entertainment.
5/16/2017 02:09:40 pm
A huge mall as a staycation would be a dream vacay gor my kids. They are 9 and 18 and both love the mall equally.
5/16/2017 03:01:40 pm
i love staycations... vacations... anything to spend time with my family having fun and not worrying about work or other things. This looks like a great place to staycat and i am going to be checking this out as a spot for our family vacation in the near future
5/16/2017 03:31:05 pm
OMG! Look so fun! I totally would take my family there and have a great time.
5/16/2017 03:32:32 pm
This place has everything! It looks like a fun place for family staycation. I wish we have something like this near me. The Cheesecake factory's cakes make me drool!
5/16/2017 04:53:24 pm
Wow so much to do in one place! This looks like a super fun place to hang out for the day with the family!
5/16/2017 06:01:55 pm
What a fantastic spot! I love that the Galleria offers up so much to do!
I think this would be a perfect staycation! I love staycations because you don't have to worry about spending a lot of money to travel. My family took a staycation to one of our neighboring cities and we got a hotel for the weekend. We went to an outlet mall similar to the one in your post and we had so much fun!
5/16/2017 08:40:32 pm
Now I'm convinced. Who wants to take me there? lol
5/16/2017 11:36:48 pm
So much in one area - that is my kind of vacation! I'm ready to plan a trip!
5/17/2017 02:24:07 am
wow that is what I call a city mall, many things to do and huge! I will have to visit soon Buffalo, NY and have as much fun as you guys =)
5/17/2017 03:10:42 am
Wow, this is a huge mall. The pics of your gal are darling!
5/17/2017 05:18:09 am
Looks like you had a fun filled staycation! The Billy Beez looks such a great place for kids! I'm sure my daughter would love it. And the hotel looks amazing too!
5/17/2017 06:38:54 am
Right now we are trying to plan a family getaway and you're exactly right that money is like THE limiting factor. At least for us - so this looks like a great option. Lots of fun!
5/17/2017 10:36:33 am
So many fun things to do! Wow, I really love that hotel. It looks like such a cool place for kids to stay at. And we love Dave and Busters, that's always a fun family spot. Glad you guys had a great staycation
5/17/2017 01:37:15 pm
Oh man! This looks like such a fun and amazing place to visit. I wish that we had one close to us.
5/17/2017 06:21:00 pm
This is a great idea. I love all the places listed.
5/18/2017 03:24:56 am
Wow! I love Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Melting Pot sounds really an awesome place for this. I'll definitely check this out and ask my hubby to bring me here.
5/18/2017 07:53:12 pm
My hubs and I had seen a Home 2 in a city near where we live and had thought about having our own staycation there but we didn't know anything about it. After seeing this, we are totally planning a stay later in the summer!
5/18/2017 08:07:36 pm
I have a friend who has been wanting me to try the Melting Pot when I go and visit her in Boston! It looks amazing! Your whole trip looks like a blast!
5/18/2017 08:56:56 pm
OK, I am sold! I wanted to visit this place along with my family soon. Love everything you posted about them.
5/19/2017 12:55:16 am
I would want to go just for the shopping. I think my family would enjoy all of the fun activities that are available.
5/22/2017 03:53:13 pm
I'm a big fan of staycations. What we save on airfare, goes towards more entertainment!
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