The dog days of summer are on and we're sure the kids are enjoying themselves without having to get up super early every day to do to school.

However, without the structure that school provides, it's totally possible that the kids are starting to get a little restless this summer.

Western New York boasts all sorts of local summer camps that you can enroll the kids in if they need something to keep their minds and bodies busy this summer.

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However, if summer camps aren't your thing, or if you have some extra time, you may want to take the kids on a quick day trip. One of the great things about living in Western New York is that there are all sorts of activities that you can partake in that are just a short drive away.

Check out these six (6) day trips that you can take with the kids. The best part about these, they are all about an hour or less from Buffalo, New York.

Crystal Beach - Fort Erie, Ontario

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While the world-renowned amusement park that featured The Cyclone and The Comet is no longer there, Fort Erie, Ontario still has the amazing beach itself. Crystal Beach and Bay Beach features a great playground, boat launch, amazing access to Lake Erie, great restaurants and shops along Erie Road, and great views of the Buffalo skyline. The best part is that it's only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, depending on traffic on the Peace Bridge

Fort Niagara State Park and Old Fort Niagara - Youngstown, New York

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At more than 500 acres, this state park in the northwest corner of New York state has all sorts of great things for kids to do. The best part is the historic Old Fort Niagara, which has been in existence in some capacity since 1678. Being that the park is around 30 miles from Toronto, on clear days you can see the Toronto skyline as well.

Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World - Grand Island, New York

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Formerly known as Fantasy Island, this 85-acre amusement and water park has been a Western New York staple since 1961. It's just waiting for you to take a quick trip over the Grand Island Bridges to come and say hi.

MarineLand - Niagara Falls, Ontario

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I know I'm not the only one who can still heard that MarineLand commercial playing in my head. Everyone loves MarineLand and it's just waiting for you to come to play the day away in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Seabreeze Amusement Park - Irondequoit, New York

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This historic amusement and waterpark just outside of Rochester has been around since 1879 and literally has something for everyone. My sons and I really just enjoy hanging out on the lazy river.

Six Flags Darien Lake - Corfu, New York

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The kids will absolutely have an amazing time at this 1,200-acre amusement and waterpark that is nestled between Buffalo and Rochester. In operation since 1961, Darien Lake is also right across the street from Darien Lake State Park.

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