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2011 marks the 30th season of Moondance Cat, a 56-foot long, 31-footwide 65-passenger catamaran. Built in Charleston, South Carolina, it is modeled after the original moondance. The ship has a wet bar, sound system, and plenty of room to tan. You can enjoy a two-hour sightseeing cruise or a sunset dinner cruises. On board menu selections include finger foods like pizza, wings, and veggies and dip. A banquet package is also available. The boat is also available for group charters and corporate events. They even offer historical harbor tours May through September for school groups. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Enjoy sailing on Lake Erie on a classic 73-foot topsail schooner. Step back in time and discover traditional sailing as you help the crew hoist the sails. Then sit back a view the city of buffalo from anew perspective. A variety of public and charter cruise options are available, including twp-hour daily sails, a dinner and sail cruise (with dinner prior to the cruise at the Pearl street grill), and a wine tasting cruise on Wednesday evenings. On weekends they offer a family-friendly pirate adventure. They also offer a monsoon educational program. You can also charter the ship for corporate events, parties, weddings, and other events. - Christine A. Smyczynski
The Erie Basin Marina is all about boats and water, but the view from the air is the most interesting as the marina is built in the shape of a buffalo! The marina is a public one, so it is very popular with the entire city and it's very convenient for weekend sailors. It is also close to downtown attractions and accommodations for anyone taking the Lake Erie tour. The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and First Niagara Center are nearby as well as many other downtown attractions. If you find yourself here in August and like wine, then don't forget about the Wine Fest!
Set beside the restful waters of the elegant Buffalo River, the Canalside which was also referred to as Erie Canal Harbor was officially made open to the public on July 2, 2008. This harbor was of prime importance in the 19th and 20th centuries, as it served as the Canal's western terminus at that time, thus contributing richly to Buffalo's financial development. As the centuries went by its significance waned and hence was converted into a tourist attraction by 2006. As of today, the site houses a wonderful blend of historic structures, contemporary masterpieces and scenic sights such as the HarborCenter, the Erie County Naval and Military Park, Central Wharf and Commercial Slip to name few. The harbor is open throughout the year.