There is a new breath of life in Buffalo NY. The Queen City has been revitalized and is one of the newest up and coming “hip” cities in the North East. This once gritty city has become one of art, culture, entertainment and so much more! Whether you are an individual traveler, adventurous family or special interest group, Buffalo holds something for you.
While in Buffalo, no trip is complete without visiting the waterfront district, Canalside. This hot spot is the result of over $300 million in development. Canalside hosts more than 1,000 events each year, including the Central Wharf where you can participate in outdoor yoga, various children’s activities, markets, concerts, and many other exciting events. Take to the water on one of the many boat cruises that depart from Canalside or explore the permanent residents of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Museum. Once the sun sets, Canalside is illuminated by a brilliant display of flourishing color cast upon the Grain Elevators. Bask in the glow of the ever-changing scenes of Buffalo’s public art movement – a symbol of what was, now represents the rebirth and revitalization of a city. Each season holds new and different experiences throughout Canalside. During the winter, the wharf is teaming with people partaking in ice skating, curling, pond hockey or riding the rink onice bikes.
Buffalo’s skyline is a reflection of Richardson, Wright and Sullivan, some of the greatest architects in American History. Few cities can boast of the architectural resume that Buffalo has. One of the most poignant places, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, has become a must see for visitors from all over the world. The facility has undergone years of renovations to bring it back to its original splendor. Where many cities mourn the loss and deterioration of their 19th and 20th century structural splendors, Buffalo has lovingly maintained and restored many of theirs.
For the history buff, this is a city not to be missed. Explore countless museums and historical sites, and learn how Buffalo played important roles in manufacturing, transportation, and the Underground Railroad. The most famous of landmarks is the Erie Canal that positioned Buffalo as the “Gateway to the West.” But not to be Other historical sites include where the assassination of President William McKinley took place, the Inaugural site of Theodore Roosevelt, and Forest Lawn Cemetery where the rich and famous of Buffalo are buried, and where many of the Civil War veterans have come to their final rest.
For groups who want to see the city or have a fun and unique night out on the town, may we suggest a ride on a Buffalo Trolley! These vintage style trolleys were once a time-honored tradition in the Queen City, and provide a comfortable ride and a distinctive memory.
The Art Scene
Art is more than an attraction in Buffalo, it’s part of the city’s fabric and personality. There is something about the City of Lights that inspires creativity. Art is not just posted in a gallery here, it’s in the architecture,the gardens, the restaurants, and even on stage. There are public art pieces across the city to explore, and we recommend a trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. You can immerse yourself in the trendy chic culture of Allentown and Elmwood Village where art is a way of life, catch a performance at Shea’s Theatre and/or Kleinhan’s Music Hall. For the true art lover visit one of many public galleries and creative spots, and ask us about upcoming art festivals.
Shopping & Dining
Let the shopping and dining experiences Buffalo has to offer be one of the highlights of your visit. Areas like Elmwood Village, Allentown and Hertel Avenue have endless boutiques featuring cutting edge fashion, local artisan goods and Buffalo themed treasures. For those who are looking for some serious retail therapy, a trip to the Walden Galleria Mall or Boulevard Mall is in order – where great deals and one-of-a-kind items can be found. Finish your day with a world class dining experience. Buffalo may be home of the chicken wing but the city’s culinary expertise reaches far beyond that. Amongst the area’s well-known restaurants like Chef’s and The Anchor Bar, there are also farm-to-table and ethnic restaurants to satisfy your palate. From fine dining to food trucks and everything in between, you’ll leave thinking, “Buffalo really knows how to eat.”
Family Fun & Entertainment
Buffalo offers a myriad of fun things the whole family can enjoy, both on land and in the water!
- Go kayaking at Canalside
- Spark imagination at Explore & More Children’s Museum
- Go wild at the Buffalo Zoo
- Get inspired at one of the art galleries
- Sailing is made easy at Sail Buffalo Sailing School
- Scale the decks of a guided missile cruiser, destroyer and WWII submarine at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
- Relax in the beautiful parks or explore miles of trails and bike paths
No matter what the age or interests of your family, Buffalo is a place for an unforgettable experience.
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