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Delaware Park

Between boating on Hoyt Lake, seeing an open-air play and exploring Rumsey Forest, it is easy to forget that this park is located in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

Delaware Park encompasses 350 acres (141.6 hectares) in Buffalo, New York. It is more than just a park; it contains some of Buffalo’s top cultural attractions. With a lake, casino, zoo, theater performances and miles of walking trails, this park will keep you entertained for days. 

In 1857, American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the world-famous Central Park in New York City. Delaware Park, which he designed a decade later, is often called “Buffalo’s Central Park.” 

Hoyt Lake is the park’s biggest attraction. Between June and September, rent a rowboat to explore the lake. Swimming is not permitted, but fishing is allowed if you have a license.

Marcy Casino is one of the park’s most recognizable landmarks. Once used as a boathouse, this statuesque building is now a popular venue for events.

Enjoy the tranquility of Rumsey Woods in the southern portion of the park along Hoyt Lake. Step into the fragrant rose gardens, where dozens of flowerbeds burst into bloom during the warmer months.

If you visit during the summer, stop by the Tudor-style stage behind the rose gardens to watch Shakespeare in Delaware Park. As a large outdoor Shakespeare festival, this free event attracts international theater talent. 

Play a round on the 18-hole golf course or head to the tennis courts for a match. Put together a team to use the baseball diamonds, basketball courts and fields for football, soccer and rugby. Your kids will find three playgrounds within the park. 

Don’t miss the famous replica of Michelangelo's David. This large bronze statue is located just south of the Scajaquada Expressway. 

Several museums flank Delaware Park’s borders. On the northern side, the Buffalo History Museum offers fascinating exhibits about the area’s past. See an extensive collection of contemporary art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on the park’s western border. On the opposite side of the park is the Buffalo Zoo.

Delaware Park is open during the day throughout the year, although many of its attractions are seasonal. General parking and admission are free.


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Foundry Suites $118
Foundry Suites

Foundry Suites

1738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 110 reviews
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    Situated in Buffalo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Buffalo History Museum and Albright - Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo Zoo and Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Beautiful North Buffalo Home Steps From Hertel ave and Delaware Park
    Beautiful North Buffalo Home Steps From Hertel ave and Delaware Park

    Beautiful North Buffalo Home Steps From Hertel ave and Delaware Park

    , Buffalo
       
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      Situated in Buffalo, this vacation home is close to Delaware Park, Buffalo Zoo, and Albright - Knox Art Gallery. Also nearby are Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House and Buffalo History Museum.

      Hotel Henry Urban Resort $130
      Hotel Henry Urban Resort

      Hotel Henry Urban Resort

      444 Forest Avenue, Buffalo
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 103 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Buffalo, this hotel is close to Buffalo State College, Albright - Knox Art Gallery, and Buffalo Zoo. Also nearby are Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House and Burchfield Penny Art Center.

        InnBuffalo off Elmwood $159
        InnBuffalo off Elmwood

        InnBuffalo off Elmwood

        619 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo
           
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          Situated in Buffalo, this hotel is close to Elmwood Village, Albright - Knox Art Gallery, and Kleinhans Music Hall. Also nearby are Wilcox Mansion - Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and Buffalo Zoo.

          Hotel at the Lafayette A Trademark Collection Hotel $95
          Hotel at the Lafayette A Trademark Collection Hotel

          Hotel at the Lafayette A Trademark Collection Hotel

          391 Washington St, Buffalo
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 559 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Buffalo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Place Mall and Coca-Cola Field. Pierce - Arrow Museum and Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park are also within 15 minutes.

            Oscar's Bed & Breakfast $144
            Oscar's Bed & Breakfast

            Oscar's Bed & Breakfast

            288 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 81 reviews
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              Located in Downtown Buffalo, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cofeld Judaic Museum, African American Cultural Center, and Benjaman Gallery. Wilcox Mansion - Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and Buffalo General Medical Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Adam's Mark Buffalo $110
              Adam's Mark Buffalo

              Adam's Mark Buffalo

              120 Church St, Buffalo
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 2,993 reviews
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                This downtown hotel is a half-mile from First Niagara Center and Coca-Cola Field; Niagara Falls is 20 miles away.

                Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown $135
                Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown

                Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown

                220 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 895 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Buffalo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fountain Plaza, Wilcox Mansion - Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, and Coca-Cola Field. Kleinhans Music Hall and Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).