What to do in Buffalo, NY

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Buffalo Attractions

Immerse yourself in the rich history and character of Upstate New York in Buffalo, the state's second-largest city after the Big Apple. Due to its advantageous location next to Lake Erie and the Erie Canal, Buffalo underwent rapid economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries that drew immigrants and industrial workers, who shaped it into the diverse, multicultural place it is today. From architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to contemporary art galleries and beautiful outdoor spaces, Buffalo offers a wealth of things to see and do to please all types of travelers.

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Buffalo Fire Historical Society - Check to see if there are any special displays or guided tours on at this interesting museum.

Lafayette Square - Tour this local landmark and enjoy its impressive design.

One M&T Plaza - If you'd love to explore the area's history through its landmarks, mark this one down on your sightseeing list.

Niagara Square - Spend a while in this popular spot and imagine what life would be like as a local.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library - If you'd like to explore some of the more important or interesting places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral - Spend a bit of time in meditation or prayer at this peaceful sacred site.

LaSalle Park - If you're into working in your garden, this place will appeal to your green thumb.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Buffalo

As Buffalo's economy has evolved in the age of technology, the city has experienced a renaissance, creating a palpable energy and an enchanting mix of old and new. Set amidst historic buildings and homes, Buffalo's different neighborhoods beckon with vibrant restaurants, shops, and entertainment destinations that speak to the city's continued growth.


Heritage landmarks and architectural gems meet up-and-coming businesses, eateries, and arts centers in the revitalized Downtown area. Stroll along the waterfront in the lively Canalside district, or catch a Broadway show at Shea's Performing Arts Center in the Theatre District.

Elmwood Village

Home to Queen Anne-style houses, independent boutiques, and open-air cafes, Elmwood Village brims with urban charm. Art lovers and creatives also flock to this neighborhood to visit the Albright-Know Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.


Found just north of Downtown, the Allentown combines picturesque brick buildings with a bohemian feel. This historic district is known for its live music bars and local galleries, as well as landmarks like the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Things to See in Buffalo

Buffalo's industrial past spurred a flurry of development, and the result is an incredible collection of distinct architecture from visionaries of the 19th and 20th century. Explore one of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest creations at the Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and then pay a visit to Buffalo City Hall to admire a stunning example of exquisite Art Deco style. For a taste of Buffalo's impeccable outdoor planning, revel in the peaceful greenery at Delaware Park, part of an extensive park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Olmsted also created the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, which feature one of the few large Victorian conservatories in the United States.

Sightseeing in Buffalo

When planning your trip to Buffalo, you'll find activities and adventures to please everyone in your group. The city has an avid sports fan base, so join in the fun with a hockey game at KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. If baseball is more your speed, head to the retro-classic Coca-Cola Field to cheer on the beloved Buffalo Bisons. While discovering Delaware Park, don't miss the Buffalo Zoo, which has housed a wide variety of exotic and endangered wildlife since 1875. Buffalo's waterways brim with interesting history, so consider a boat tour to cruise your way through the prolific Erie Canal while learning the many stories of the city. If you're in search of family-friendly things to do, set aside some time to explore the Buffalo Museum of Science, where hands-on exhibits on everything from animals to astronomy are sure to keep the kids entertained. Finally, no visit to Buffalo would be complete without a trip to the thundering Niagara Falls, which lies just 20 miles (32 km) up the Niagara River. With options for land, air, and water tours, you can choose your perfect excursion to this breathtaking natural landmark.

Things to Do in Buffalo with Kids

There are loads of unforgettable experiences in Buffalo that the whole gang will enjoy. These are some of the best family friendly experiences in the area.


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