Just a hop, skip and a jump from Southern Ontario lies a cross-border shopper's retail paradise: Walden Galleria in Buffalo, NY.
This isn't your hometown mall either; it’s a destination all in itself. And with 200 retail stores, 12 full-service restaurants and a suite of entertaining activities, there's no reason to leave the family behind while you indulge in some retail therapy.
That being said, we know that shopping is best enjoyed when you're unhurried. Here are 10 ways to distract your partner and kids, so YOU can non-stop shop.
Rev your engine at RPM Raceway
Racers, start your engines!
RPM Raceway is a European-style indoor electric go-kart track where drivers race up to 45 miles per hour. (That’s 72 km in Canadian talk.)
Sure, it’ll keep your kids distracted, but this isn’t just child’s play. Adults can partake in the thrills too. Bring a healthy competitive spirit because this is one of the United States’ fastest growing sports.
RPM Raceway is suitable for kids 6 and older, who are at least 48" tall and capable of operating a kart.
Dave & Buster’s Million Dollar Midway
Casino vibes meet sports bar with a dash of carnival fun at Dave & Buster's.
Catch game day or fight night, served up with a menu of comforting pub fare. Be sure to test your luck on the 160+ arcade games.
This indoor playground is one that caters primarily to older teens and parents. Children and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult aged 25 or older.
Play on at Billy Beez
If Billy Beez doesn’t distract your kids, nothing will. There are wild slides, a sports court, BB games, tunnels, a ballistics arena (a special ball pit with foam ball cannons and a geyser) and so much more.
Kids from 1-17 are welcome, while the Mini Beez area is specially dedicated to infants and toddlers. Children must be supervised by an adult, 18+.
Catch a flick at Regal Cinemas
Nothing passes a few hours as easily as a blockbuster.
Regal Cinemas boasts a recent upgrade that promises movie-goers plenty of leg room, reserved seating and comfortable recliners that ensure you won’t have the top of someone’s head obstructing your view. This theatre is an experience all in its own—especially if you want to kick back and watch the latest flick with the kiddos.
Test your creativity at 5-Wits
A mix between escape room and immersive video game, 5 Wits places you in a live-action adventure experience with computer-controlled special effects. You’ll have to work through challenges and puzzles to reach the end of the story. Themes include Deep Space, Tomb, and Drago’s Castle.
5 Wits is family-friendly but parents with young children (ages 7 and younger) are advised to use discretion. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Get your game on at Microsoft
Hardly just a place to buy a computer, Walden Galleria's Microsoft store invites mall-goers to lounge and play. Drop by test out a virtual reality game and play live games on the interactive TV in the common area.
Take a load off at Euphoria Salon & Spa (Aveda)
Let’s be honest: sometimes, you just need to unwind. (Shopping is hard work!)
Head to Euphoria Salon Spa for a little pre- or post-shopping "me time". The scalp treatment, stress-fix massage and chill package are divine.
Whet your whistle at World of Beer
Who wouldn’t want to walk into a world of beer? This massive tavern in Walden Galleria serves up food and brews from around the world. With 500 bottled beers available, choosing which one to sample will be your biggest problem. Read more here.
Say "Prost!" at Gordon Biersch
Kick things back to 1516 at Gordon Biersch, where the recipes are simple, pure and precise. The beers on tap are about as traditional as they come: Czech pilsner, Märzen, schwarzbier, hefeweizen, and Golden Export lager. The same philosophy is practiced in the kitchen. Ingredients are fresh and menu items vary from the unexpected (ahi tuna nachos) to the classically German (schnitzel and soft Bavarian pretzels).
Refuel on Restaurant Row
Walden Galleria doesn’t simply have a food court; it boasts a smorgasbord of sit-down restaurants to tempt your taste buds.
Restaurant Row includes the Cheesecake Factory, Bar Louie, BRAVO! Cucinia Italiana, Dave & Buster’s, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill, Johnny Rocket’s, The Melting Pot, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Texas de Brazil and World of Beer. Yum!