There are many different tourist attractions in Buffalo, New York. Each attraction has something special and unique to offer. Regardless of how long you will be in the area, you will be able to occupy your time in a number of different ways. This list of ten things to do in the city will help you find all kinds of fun.
10. Buffalo Zoo
Your whole family will have a great time at the Buffalo Zoo, but the kids will especially love the visit. With many different cool animals housed here, there is something that will wow everyone you visit the zoo with. Hours vary depending on the season, so you may want to check out the zoo’s website before you plan your visit. Admission is only $12 per adult and $9 for kids. Children under two get in for free. The zoo offers other fun activities for small fees, such as train and carousel rides.
9. Flying Bison Brewing Company
Get together with your friends and hit the Flying Bison Brewing Company. The brewery offers tours from Thursday through Saturday, so you can explore the facility to see how the beers are made. The store is also open on Tuesdays, if you aren’t interested in a tour, but still want to drop in. To see exact hours, check the company’s website. If you are interested, you can also do a beer tasting and sample a number of the beers the company has to offer. If you already know what you like, get a pitcher to share with your friends and enjoy the evening with all the beer you want.
8. Forest Lawn Cemetery
As one of the first, pre-planned cemetery’s in the nation, Forest Lawn is known for having a host of famous graves. Now, the cemetery offers tours where you can visit many famous graves and take in the beauty of the landscaping in the cemetery. While hours vary depending on the season, the cemetery is sure to be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office has different hours, however. There are many different tours of the area you should consider, but the Trolley and Walking Tours are the most popular. Visit the website for more information on pricing.
7. Delaware Park
Delaware Park is a great place to enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors. Visit the Quarry Garden or explore the lake and forest to see the beauty the area has to offer. The park offers self-guided tours that you can take using your mobile phone, as well. Seated on 350-acres, the park is large enough to avoid overcrowding, which is nice when you are in a city setting. Be sure to stop by the rose garden while you are there, to see all the pretty flowers. There are also great picnic spots in the park, if you want to enjoy a meal in the beautiful area.
6. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Take a romantic stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens with your significant other to enjoy the beauty of nature. The gardens are home to a number of different plant species, and there is even a special garden for children to play in. Some sections of the garden are spaced off by location, so you can get a good idea of what grows in different regions of the world. The gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day with the exception of special holidays. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children. Students can get in for $8 with a valid I.D.
5. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
If your traveling companions enjoy art, be sure to make a trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The gallery has a number of exhibitions that showcase art from around the world. Take a tour of the museum to learn additional information about all the artwork you are looking at. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is just $15 for adults, $11 for students 13 and older and $8 for children from six to 12. Younger children will get in for free.
4. Buffalo Bites Food Tours
This food tour company offers guests a couple different food tour options to try to help people get the best experience possible while they are in the city. If a public tour isn’t your thing, you can book a private tour for up to 16 people. Tours cost less than $50 per person and the Village Food Tour costs only $30 per child under 13. Each tour will take you to either six or seven eateries and serve you food that is unique to the restaurant. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance; reservations can be made through the company’s website if that is what you prefer to do. Make your reservations today.
3. Buffalo River History Tours
History buffs will love taking a river tour of the area while learning all about the history sites and stories the city has to offer. The cruises last 90 minutes and your guided will explain the history of the Erie Canal, the world’s largest grain port, and so much more. The tours only run during certain months, so you will want to check out the company’s website before you make plans. You will also want to make reservations, which can also be done on the website. The daily tours are held three times a day. Adult tickets cost $17, while kid’s tickets are $12.
2. Spirit of Buffalo
One of the most popular things to do in Buffalo is to take a ride on the Spirit of Buffalo. With this company, you can go on public sails or charter a boat for just your group. The company offers six different public sailing options, so you are bound to find something you enjoy. There is a wine cruise, a dinner cruise, a day cruise, a sunset cruise and more. Each cruise option will offer something special, so do a little research to see what will be best for your traveling group. Adult tickets range from $25 to $57. Be advised that children aren’t allowed on all cruises. You should make your reservations in advance via the company’s website.
Canalside is a waterfront area that is home to many different activities and services. If you want to check the event calendar for the special events, visit the neighborhood’s website, as events constantly change. There are, however, a number of other things to do in the area. With a few different lawns, you could have a picnic or visit the atrium. Check out the restaurants in the area or look out into the harbor for amazing views of the Buffalo River. Canalside is one of the best places to spend an afternoon without breaking the bank, as many things in the area are free.
With all the places to visit in Buffalo, you may struggle to select activities, but rest assured that there in something for everyone in the city. This list will help you sort through all the things that members of your traveling party will enjoy. Whether you are just in the city for the weekend or you are there for a full-on vacation, you are bound to have a great time.