Celebrating the Southtowns – Green Lake: The Best-Kept Secret Around!

July 17, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

As we prepare for our Totally Southtowns Festival  coming up in September, we thought we’d take some time to celebrate the Southtowns! So, that is what we will be doing on a regular basis over the next few months.

We’ll start with a fun, free place to hang out! Thanks to my Mother-In-Law, who happens to live in Orchard Park, we’ve developed a love for Green Lake and it is one of our favorite places to spend time!

The beach is clean and stocked with life guards!! Swimming is only open when Guards are on duty – which is daily from noon to 6 p.m. The Beach is open to anyone – you do not need to be an OP resident!

Orchard Park’s water  features include a series of bright, inflated floats and a water trampoline that stretch out along the lake! It’s a huge inflatable obstacle course! The water slide and beach are free but the obstacle course is not. You can get Day Passes (good for the day of purchase only) for $6.00 per person. Guest Day Passes (good for the day of purchase only) $10.00 per person.

They also have boats and water bikes to rent.  Available when lifeguards are on duty.  $10 per half hour for your choice of paddle boats, kayaks or canoes. $15 per half hour for water bikes! (Must be 16 yrs or older to rent.) Anyone under 16 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult while on the water.
Beach and Boat Rentals are available daily 12-5:30 pm.

The splash pad is cool, too – especially for the little ones.

There is a pretty cool playground at Green Lake!

The only thing NOT allowed at Green Lake is fishing, at least not yet. The lake will be stocked for fishing in 2019 but NOT this year.

Green Lake is beautiful – not only in the summer – but all year round.


Green Lake beach and playground is located on North Lake Road just off South Buffalo Road. You can find more information HERE.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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