- Jan 2019
Exploring Buffalo, New York: Nine Attractions you cannot miss
Located on the banks of Lake Erie, the city of Buffalo grew as an industrial center for steel, cars, and grains in part thanks to the Erie Canal. Recently, Buffalo has undergone a renascence from its industrial past to now be a diverse cultural center with bustling neighborhoods and lakefront.
Along the Buffalo River is the massive Buffalo RiverWorks complex. It is a combined brewery, restaurant, skating rink, concert venue, and adventure center. Built on the grounds of former grain silos, this unique experience has something to offer during every season.
Erie Basin Marina
Take a stroll along the Erie Basin Marina for a beautiful view of Lake Erie and the historic waterfront. At the end of the public marina is an observation tower that provides some of the best views of all of Buffalo.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
The Ashley Wilcox House was used as the inauguration site for Theodore Roosevelt after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. The site is filled with artifacts from both presidents’ time in office, along with items from the Wilcox family and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition- which is what brought President McKinley to Buffalo.
Walk through the lively streets of Downtown Buffalo, down Main St, Ellicott St, Pearl St and more. Lining these streets are new shops, breweries, eateries, and entertainment venues housed with a mix of the old brick architecture and the newer contemporary style. Make sure to take a guided tour of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, with one of the last operating theater organs in the United States.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a fantastic modern and contemporary art museum just north of downtown Buffalo. They exhibit a wide range of artists across the spectrum including Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. Our favorite work of art sits on the front steps of the museum, a 23-foot tall statue entitled “Karma” with human figures perched one atop the other, getting smaller and smaller in size.
Right across the street from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is Hoyt Lake, where you can rent rowboats which are hand built by local students to paddle across this picturesque landscape. It is a popular spot in warmer months for locals to gather on the greens in a welcoming calm from the busy Buffalo city.
Hoyt Lake is the start of the larger Delaware Park, encompassing a diverse 350 acres. Throughout the park, there are endless winding paths, a quarry garden, Japanese garden, and the Buffalo Zoo at the western edge. In the summer, Delaware Park is also home to one of the largest outdoor Shakespeare companies in the US.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex
Witness one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic designs at the newly restored Martin House Complex. This early 20th-century architectural wonder is open for tours where you can get up close with some of the six structures of the complex and learn the history and simplicity of Wright’s architecture inspired by nature.
It would be impossible to say your visit to Buffalo is complete without witnessing the majestic Niagara Falls. The great falls are a 30-minute drive north of Buffalo, straddling the US and Canada border. Bring along your passport for a view of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from both countries. If you are visiting in warmer weather, you can even walk across the border bridge.