BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Canalside was undeveloped for years, but now it's filled with new attractions in hopes to attract more visitors.
Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Five years ago there were no visitors to Canalside; there were no events to Canalside. This summer we will have over 800 events drawing in well over one million people to enjoy the natural environment of Canalside."
The new attractions are great for the summer season to enjoy and cool off. A new water-based attraction is called Water Bikes of Buffalo where riders can choose between three different types of bikes to ride.
Lisa Florczak, Spokeswoman for Water Bikes of Buffalo said, "You can ride the water bike at your own pace.
You can leisurely relax, check out the sites along the canal or you can use it as a workout. We've had people come off the bikes and say both ways it's been enjoyable."
Another way to stay in shape is by participating in the Canalside Fitness in the Park program.
Tom Ashe who participated in a yoga class said, "I enjoy being outside doing this trying to stay in shape."
Yoga instructor Sue Kincaid said, "When you're doing that normal inside activity outside, I think it gives you a whole different perspective."
For those looking for a good meal, refreshing drinks and food can be found at the Liberty Hound or Clinton's Dish restaurant.
As for the younger ones, there's a man made beach they can enjoy.
"It definitely calls you to come down here more as opposed to years ago when there really wasn't anything there wasn't much to do other than walk," said Canalside visitor Kyle Bourque.
Congressman Brian Higgins says development along the inner harbor is still growing. There are a number of projects currently under construction including the Harbor Center and the Ice Skating Rink.
"I think we just have to keep building on it and you'll see growing out of what was once industrial areas; brand new parks and public places from which people can really enjoy the waterfront experience," said Higgins.
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