Best Things To Do In Buffalo, New York - Updated 2021

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Buffalo, New York isn’t exactly a huge city, but there is plenty to do for those that are traveling there or near there. With places like Niagara Falls, beautiful parks, and art centers, there is enough to keep people of all ages, busy for a few days.

1. Buffalo Zoo

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Posted by The Buffalo Zoo on Saturday, 22 April 2017

The zoo is a great place to take anyone who loves animals. This zoo keeps their animals housed in what would be considered similar to their natural habitat and there are certain animals that zoo-goers can actually feed. Lions, tigers, bears, lemurs, owls, snakes, rabbits, gorillas, and otters, are a just a few of the animals that are kept so well, at this zoo.

Buffalo Zoo

Address: 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo NY 14214

Website: Buffalo Zoo

2. Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D Martin House Complex

Posted by Darwin Martin House on Monday, 22 June 2015

This may be a bit of a mouthful to say, but there is quite a bit of history here. Frank Lloyd Wright was American architect, who designed quite a few homes and buildings in his life. This home was built for businessman Darwin Martin, between the years of 1903-1905. There were originally five buildings, all in one, but three of them were demolished, over the years. In 1992, the Martin House Restoration Corporation decided to rebuild the entire complex and it is still being restored, today. Anyone can visit the home, but in order to see the inside, a guided tour must be purchased for 19 USD, for adults and 17 USD, for seniors. The house is a beautiful way to spend an hour or two, of the day.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D Martin House Complex

Address: 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo New York 14214

Website: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D Martin House Complex

3. Forest Lawn Cemetery

Posted by Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo NY on Wednesday, 19 October 2016

This may be a cemetery, but it is a beautiful place to take a walk or run when the weather is nice. There are several monuments to former US presidents and information that tells visitors a little about each person that rests, here. There are also other well-known people, from the US government who are buried in this particular cemetery. Lots of history here.

Forest Lawn Cemetery

Address: 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo New York 14209

Website: Forest Lawn Cemetery

4. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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Posted by Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site on Thursday, 17 December 2015

When visiting Buffalo, NY, there is more history to learn, than one might expect. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is a great place to learn about the man who did so much for the United States. After President McKinley passed away, Theodore Roosevelt was rushed to this building in Buffalo, to take his place as the next President of the United States, as he was the Vice President at the time. Although America lost one of its presidents, they gained another that was a good choice for the country. This is one attraction that should not be missed.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Address: 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo New York 14202

Website: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

5. Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Guests in the Abstract Expressionism gallery at the Albright-Knox during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Posted by Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Friday, 7 April 2017

This is a museum that reflects the cultural background of Buffalo, and it’s extremely interesting to see the diversity of the community, in one place. People come from all over, to see the paintings and sculptures in this building, which means travelers in the area don’t want to miss out on such cool culture!

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Address: 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222

Website: Albright-Knox Art Gallery

6. Coca-Cola Field

Coca-Cola Field - Buffalo NY
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This is a popular baseball field, for those who are fans of the sport. Home of the Buffalo Bisons, it’s quite a treat to see the home team play on this legendary baseball field. It seats 16,907 people and it is the biggest stadium that Minor League Baseball players, play in. With its 40 by 20 foot (12.2 by 6.1 meter), 16 million-color Daktronics scoreboard, four-tier party deck in right field, luxurious suites throughout the club level, in-stadium restaurant and expansive tent area in centerfield, Coca-Cola Field continues to be on the cutting edge of sports entertainment venues.

Coca-Cola Field

Address: One James D Griffin Plaza, Buffalo NY 14203

Website: Coca-Cola Field

7. Pierce-Arrow Museum

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Posted by Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on Saturday, 31 December 2016

This is a historical transportation museum, where they have really old cars that have been refurbished and put on display, for people to see. The museum contains memorabilia, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles and even historic artifacts to show the rich transportation history of Buffalo New York.

Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

Address: 263 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo NY 14203

Website: Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

8. Buffalo Museum of Science

Posted by Buffalo Museum of Science on Thursday, 20 October 2016

This museum is not some boring building, full of uninteresting gadgets. The Buffalo Museum of Science has different exhibits, for everyone to enjoy. Their most recent traveling exhibit was “Guitar: The instrument that rocked the world”, where kids could practice playing the guitar and learn what the inside of a guitar looks like. Permanent exhibits include the Jurassic animals, space and planets, as well as an area for kids to build their own “buildings” with huge blocks.

This museum is great because each exhibit allows kids to not only interact with museum staff and other children but to get hands-on experience of how the solar system works or how dinosaurs were able to fly or climb trees. With this type of interaction in mind, this is a great place for kids and the inner child of the adult.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Address: 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14211

Website: Buffalo Museum of Science

9. St. Joseph's Cathedral

Chapel - Saint Joseph Cathedral (Buffalo, New York)
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Not exactly a day long trip, but traveling to this beautiful cathedral is well worth it. The whole building is built with amazing architecture and looks similar to the types of cathedrals that have been in Europe for hundreds of years. The stained glass windows are breathtaking and if visitors would like to stay for a service, all are welcome to do so. The beautiful church frequently holds weddings and once visitors see it, they will understand why.

St. Joseph's Cathedral

Address: 50 Franklin St, Buffalo NY 14202

Website: St. Joseph’s Cathedral

10. Buffalo Lighthouse

Posted by Buffalo Lighthouse on Monday, 16 January 2017

As far as lighthouses go, there are not too many in the Buffalo, NY area, so this one is rather unique. There are guided tours that lead groups in and around the lighthouse and the guides share the history that surrounds the structure. For those who wish to meander on their own, that is also allowed. Taking pictures of this lovely lighthouse is a must and when the sun sets, the light still turns on, as it has done, for so long.

Buffalo Lighthouse

Address: 1 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo NY 14203

Website: Buffalo Lighthouse

11. Lafayette Square

Scientology, Lafayette Square1-1, Buffalo NY April22 2008
Source: Photo by user Jason Safoutin used under CC BY 2.0

A large park in Buffalo, Lafayette Square includes a monument called the “Soldiers and Sailors” monument. Eight-foot (2.4 meter) statues, representing members of the infantry, cavalry, artillery, and navy, make up the shaft of the monument, which itself is decorated with bronze symbols of the nation and the state, the seal of Buffalo and a “drum” showing over thirty figures. The park is a peaceful place to take a walk or have lunch but be sure to check out the monument, before leaving.

Lafayette Square

Address: 1 Layfette Square, Buffalo NY 14203

12. Cazenovia Park

Posted by Cazenovia Park Buffalo on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A wonderful place to enjoy a Sunday stroll and get in tune with nature, this is a beautiful park that Buffalo visitors must see. The maintenance crew takes care of everything fairly well, so there is no garbage or other rubbish, along the walkways.

Cazenovia Park

Address: Cazenovia Park, Buffalo NY 14210

Website: Cazenovia Park

13. Niagara Falls

Great News!!!!! The Maid of the Mist will cruise into the 2017 season on Apri 1 at 9 a.m.! The earliest ever!! Hope to see you then!

Posted by Niagara Falls State Park, USA on Friday, 24 March 2017

While Niagara Falls is not actually in Buffalo, it’s pretty close, and why would visitors want to miss out on such a great experience when they are so close to the area? When visiting the falls, comfortable shoes must be worn. If visitors are going to ride the Maid of the Mist, (the boat that goes under the falls), it would be best bring an extra pair of shoes and maybe a poncho as the boat gets very close to the falls and those that don’t wear ponchos will get wet. The falls are a beautiful sight, no matter the time of year. In the winter, the water has bits of ice because it is so cold. The falls only froze solid, once, in the year 1920. Nowadays, New York just doesn’t get the cold weather it used to, so the falls haven’t frozen completely, for a long time.

Niagara Falls

Address: 24 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls New York 14303

Website: Niagara Falls

Buffalo may be small, but there's plenty to see

Buffalo, NY is not that big but there is sure a lot to see. Historical places, art museums, and a lighthouse are all in the Buffalo area. You will not get bored when traveling to Buffalo!

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My name is Samantha Kern, and I have my Bachelor's Degree in English, which I'm using to pursue a career in writing. I've had a love of traveling since I was younger. My family would go to the...Read more

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