15 Best Things To Do in Buffalo
Buffalo, NY is an entire world in its own, hosting cool Canalside and waterfronts, fragrant botanical gardens and zoo, Museum of Science and Presidential historical site. To top it all, the Great Niagara Falls flow just 20 miles from downtown Buffalo. With the list of activities in Buffalo being endless, here’s our pick of best places to visit in Buffalo.
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Here's the list of Buffalo points of interest and 15 best things to do in Buffalo:
1. Take a day trip to the Niagara Falls
The world's second largest waterfalls, Niagara Falls flows almost about 20 miles north of Buffalo. This convergence of three falls together straddles USA and Canada forming the International border.
Tourists flock to watch this natural wonder dropping waters over its cliff-face at a ravenous speed of around 68 mph. There are varied activities around the waterfalls, such as taking a walk behind it or taking a Maid of the Mist boat ride. Niagara Falls is best visited before the winter months as most activities close in winter due to harsh weather conditions.
2. Climb up the Buffalo City Hall
Buffalo City Hall is an architectural wonder to reckon with. The building, built right after World War I, stands 32 stories tall and has 1,520 windows overlooking the scenic downtown Buffalo and further beyond.
Tourists from all over the continent visit this epitome of art, architecture, and design. The gorgeous structure owns a stunning stained-glass ceiling and finest geometric designs. Visitors take an elevator to reach the 25th floor, then walk up to Hall's observation deck at the 28th floor, to get an amazing 360-degree view of the Buffalo River, Lake Erie, mists of the Niagara Falls and the bustling city below.
3. Meet a Historic President at the National Historic Site
The Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site is exactly where President Theodore Roosevelt began his presidential journey.
Today a modern state-of-the-art museum showcases exhibit related to this legendary President and offer a guided tour.
Tourists from all over come here to relish the dramatic tour and the proud emotions surrounding this pivotal moment in USA's national and presidential history.
Visiting the museum to learn the enduring legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is a prime tourist activity.
4. Visit the historical Darwin D Martin House
The Darwin D Martin House is a bona fide fine representation of a 20th century Prairie house and was constructed by one of the world’s most revolutionary architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. The building bears the forward-thinking Wright’s trademark nuances, such as the cantilevered roof and more. There is also innumerable iconic art glass made by Wright himself.
Till date, the Darwin D Martin House remains the most-visited tourist attraction in Buffalo. Visitors take the daily public tour, walking through the main sections, namely Martin House and Barton House.
5. Step back into History at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
Tourists interested in history, and more precisely is military history, totally enjoy the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.
This park showcases two huge combat ships, a naval submarine, a few Air Force helicopters, as well as a wide range of military exhibits Marine Corps memorabilia, POWs and more. An ideal place for tourists with children too, as the latter commonly find warships and helicopters "pretty cool." This space almost transports visitors to a bygone era.
6. Take a two-day trip to The Elmwood Village
Every visitor to Buffalo inevitably falls in love with The Elmwood Village - an urban hot spot of fashion, food, art, and bars.
Art buffs can enjoy Albright-Knox Art Gallery that demands a separate mention. Besides Albright-Knox, there's Burchfield Penney Art Center housing a grand collection of regional art.
Shoppers love to visit Elmwood Avenue boutiques offering contemporary clothing, footwear, fashion accessories, home décor items and more.
Foodies must visit Ashker’s, a popular breakfast joint, while Kuni’s can be the ideal hand-rolled sushi dinner date. Visit Vera to grab “The Duke,” considered the best drink in Buffalo.
There's a lot more to do in this quaint village of Ellwood that visitors to Buffalo need to devote at least two or three days to it.
7. Discover Art at The Albright-Knox center
The Albright-Knox Center in Elmwood is one of the renowned contemporary art galleries in the USA, being visited by art lovers and tourists from all around the world.
Having begun its journey in 1862 as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, today the academy showcases masterpieces by some of the Masters of 20th and 21st century, such as van Gogh, Picasso, Gaugin and Henri Matisse. Same time the center also houses rather puzzling, bizarre but iconic works of impressionism, cubism, and absurdism, making it a very popular destination for all kinds of art lovers.
8. Encounter Exotic World Wildlife at Buffalo Zoo
The Buffalo Zoo on Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, is literally the oldest zoological parks in the USA. It was inaugurated in 1975, underwent a major revamp in 2002, and still growing.
Today tourists love this zoo as it houses unique sections such as Highlands Zone, Sea Lion Cove, Rainforest Falls, Otter Creek and more. There is even the most popular Siberian tiger exhibit, the exclusive African attractions, and a special children’s zoo named the Heritage Farm. Both adults and children thoroughly enjoy watching African lions to lowland gorillas; grassland grey wolfs to Japanese macaques, the Arctic polar bear to the Siberian snow leopards and much more. A newer exhibit since 2002, the Arctic Edge, offers the rare encounter with polar bears, through special underwater viewing enclosures.
An unforgettable experience and a place to must visit for every tourist to Buffalo.
9. Enjoy greenery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens situated in the South Park is a beautiful tri-domed conservatory made of glass, steel, and wood, with a wide range of unique plant collections. It also serves as a center for education and research. Visit this beautiful garden, enjoy the plants, attend any of the several exhibitions, events or educational programs that are hosted all through the year.
10. Stroll leisurely at the Erie Basin Marina
Situated on downtown Buffalo’s waterfront, Erie Basin Marina is a gorgeous yet serene riverfront park. It is situated right next to the Erie Canal Harbor. Imagine strolling in the winding waterfront road in the summer, watching the marina’s gorgeous flower collections. The park houses an award-winning rose garden too, set along the serene water of the marina strewn with yachts and boats.
Enjoy the quaint and quiet private marina, take a boat ride, climb up the waterfront observation tower to get a panoramic view.
11. Learn while having fun at the Buffalo Museum of Science
It is a great time to visit The Buffalo Museum of Science as this historical, and much popular museum recently underwent a major renovation to adapt to the modern era nuances.
Previously mostly a “look but don’t touch” type of somber, silent educational galleries, now the museum is transformed into spacious, immersive, interactive halls letting visitors get a hands-on approach to learning.
The museum also owns the largest array of specimens from the Niagara surroundings which in itself a multidimensional study in botany, anthropology, zoology, entomology, paleontology, and mycology.
12. Listen to the BPO
The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) is, in its own right, the city's cultural ambassador. It is housed officially in the Kleinhans Music Hall, which is itself a National Historic Site of International fame and one of premium concert halls in all of USA.
The orchestra presents over 120 Western Classics, Youth Concerts and Pops every year, under the talented music director JoAnn Falletta.
13. Court musical icons at Shea’s Performing Arts Center
One out of the only four Tiffany-designed theaters still in existence is the Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Built in the European opera house style in 1926, the Center today hosts endless touring concerts, Broadway musicals, dance shows, theatre groups, also a Free Family Film Series and much more.
International tourists flock to Shea's to witness the stage that once had giants such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, George Burns, and The Marx Brothers performing; also, to catch the Petit Lobby and the Western New York Entertainment Hall of Fame.
14. Bite into a Buffalo Wing at the Anchor Bar
Even food has a unique legacy when it comes to Buffalo. Just as the famous snack, Buffalo Wings, got its name from this city, the only place to get the original version of it is Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar.
This food journey began in 1964, and Anchor Bar, over the years rightfully became Buffalo’s Chicken Wing Museum, pioneering this recipe out of leftover chicken and hot sauce.
Tourists and foodies flock to Anchor Bar to relive and taste the 50 years old legacy of Teressa Bellissimo created “Buffalo wing” which this restaurant still serves.
15. Hop over to the hot scene at the Larkin Square
The Larkin Square public events are a hot favorite for Buffalo visitors. This cultural enclave hosts innumerable events throughout the year.
The Larkin Square Author series featuring fiction and non-fiction authors, both local and national.
Food Truck Tuesdays happen October to May hosting over 30 food and wine trucks, live music, Larkin Market, hula hoops and fun.
The Filling Station Restaurant, a revamped filling station from the 1930s Larkin Soap. Co. offers Weekday lunch of salads, pizzas, tacos, sandwiches and much more.
Visitors to must encounter this above tourist attractions in Buffalo.