Let's take a "new in town" day trip to Syracuse to visit the Destiny USA Mall (formerly known as Carousel Center). Of course we COULD drive there, but let's ride the "rails" (Amtrak) so we can relax during the ride.
They have convenient trains which leave from downtown Buffalo and Depew and you get dropped off 5-10 minutes walk from the mall. Travel time is about 2.5 hours each direction.
I know it's a little pricey but bring your lunch to work for the week and you'll have enough money for a ticket.
Not a shopper? No problem. You can help carry around the bags of those who are shoppers! Plus, there's the food court, movie theatre, and all of the people watching fun!
Approx $48 round trip if you use the link below and they still have the cheap seats available. Otherwise, it goes up in price accordingly.
Train 286: Leave Buffalo Depew at 7:34am, arrive Syracuse at 9:50am
Train 281 Leave Syracuse at 3:53pm, arrive Buffalo Depew at 6:27pm
discount link for 15% off tickets - must be used at least 3 days in advance of travel.
You can also call 800-USA-RAIL if you wish but then you'll only be able to get senior rate or AAA rate.
Make sure you're buying the correct stations! Buffalo has a station downtown and one in the suburbs near the airport (in Depew). We're leaving from the Depew Station. Syracuse only has one train station so that one is easy. The station codes to use are BUF and SYR.
The trains sometimes get delayed so avoid planning to attend any weddings that night!
Yes, I am a travel booking nerd so ask me before you purchase if you're stuck.