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The Lofts On Pearl apart-hotel is the best place to stay if you're in a group or have a family. The spacious lofts make it feel as if you never left the house, with kitchenettes that include stove and dishwasher, you'll feel like a native 'Buffalonian'. The one and two-bedroom suites also come equipped with a refrigerator to store your groceries and a fireplace for those cold nights in Western New York. The lofts are also managed under the same group that runs the popular Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, the Hotel @ Lafayette and Brawler's Back-Alley Deli. The building's location is also convenient, it is a few minutes walk to Lake Erie and another few northward to historic Allentown.
Since its opening in January 1926, this all-purpose arts facility in the Buffalo Theater District has presented the drama and comedy of some the most famous stars and scenes in the 20th Century. From the silly antics of the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope to powerful performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, Shea has seen it all. The National Register of Historic Places bestowed status upon the building in 1975 and today this baroque inspired facility still attracts some 300,000 patrons annually with its eclectic combination of Broadway musicals, opera, dance, children's programming, concerts and classic movies. Some patrons come just to see the theater in order to be dazzled with the ornate filigreed Rococo style and Tiffany-designed crystal chandeliers.
Vidler's, an old-fashioned five and dime store, is one of East Aurora's most beloved landmarks. You'll find it by looking for the red and white-striped awnings along the village's historic Main Street. The 15,000-square-foot store, located in four 1890s-era buildings, has original hardwood floors and brass cash registers. It was opened by Robert Vidler Sr. during the Great Depression in the 1930s and continues to be family-owned and operated. You can find pretty much anything here, including unique, hard-to-find items. Choose from old-fashioned penny candy, yarn fabric, craft supplies, house wares, books, toys, books, cards and much more.
This beautiful 18,025 seat facility has been the home of Buffalo Bisons baseball since 1987, and it is the Triple-A affiliate of MLB's Toronto Blue Jays. The stadium has intimate seating and there are also group facilities available, as well as Pettibone's Grille for dinner while you enjoy the game or lunch year-round. Also available whether or not there's a game is the Bison's official team shop, it features a variety of souvenir gifts, t-shirts, jerseys, etc.
At one point in time, Buffalo was a leading industrial center and home to several automobile manufacturers. This 20,000 square-foot museum has a special focus on Buffalo's own, though often maligned Pierce Arrow. Most of the vehicles are from the personal collection of museum founder James Sandoro; other vehicles in the museum are on loan from various collectors from all over the country. The Buffalo-made Thomas Flyer is also on display, along with various automotive memorabilia including photos, paintings, household items, factory items, signs and more about this industrious city. Hours are seasonal.
This stage might have been designed for vaudeville performers when it was built in 1913, but now it is almost strictly for the kids in today's renovated, modern Allendale Theater. The stage was built at the turn-of-the 20th Century in historic Allentown and since then this non-profit troupe has entertained audiences of all ages upon it. The group features professional actors that foment the passion of children for the performing arts and other creative, musical pursuits. Now, in its 475-seat, ultra-plush and ultra-modern home, the theater can carry forth that mandate—with the help of its dedicated volunteers.
This museum is dedicated to all things science, from cosmology and natural history to archaeology and zoology, the museum's collection surely has something to entice the visitor. One of the highlights is the ephemeral Tibetan Sand Mandala that appears and disappears in accordance with the Buddhist axiom of impermanence. The museum also has one of the largest known Kodiak bear specimens in North America and its perfect for posing pictures. If you visit at night, you can visit the Kellogg observatory and take a look into the heavens (weather permitting). The museum also promotes science in the community among citizens as well as educators and researchers, with its various programs for children, families and schools held throughout the year.
The jewel of Buffalo's park system, this public space was one of six designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th Century. Its 365 acres include one of Buffalo's three public golf courses (Delaware Park Golf Course), plus tennis courts, baseball diamonds, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and it hosts the popular Shakespeare in the Park Festival every summer. The Rose Garden makes a perfect setting for a romantic walk when Spring arrives and in the winter, bring your skis and do some cross-country skiing over the demarcated trails.
One of the oldest in the U.S. and in existence since 1875, this zoo displays more than 1,000 species of animals and 300 types of plants on its 23-acre Delaware Park site. Newer attractions include the lion and tiger habitats, and the gorilla rain forest exhibit. Favorites include the children's petting zoo, polar bears and the North American Bison. Food, a seasonal carousel and train rides are available. This is a great way to visit your favourite animals in their naturalistic habitats. Especially worth mentioning is their new and lush Rainforest Falls exhibit.
For decades, equipment used by firefighters from the early 1800s gathered rust in musty rooms until it was decided in 1981 that these brave men should have more significance than just dusty memories. Included is an 1831 hand pump, an parade carriage from 1893, and an early 20th-century street-corner fire alarm. Throughout the museum visitors will see what it takes to make it as a firefighter and the obstacles they face on the job. One display honors a group of firefighters who lost their lives when a propane tank exploded. The museum is run by volunteers with no admission fee and it is a great place to take the kids as well as anyone interested in what real heroes do.
This is the southern terminus of the Frederick Law Olmsted system of parks in Buffalo, and the perfect place for a quiet lunch or walk when business or pleasure takes you to South Buffalo or the nearby suburbs. The year-round ice rink and swimming pool are complemented by one of Buffalo's three public golf courses, featuring the nine-hole Cazenovia Golf Course and pro shop. Hours for the ice rink and pool will vary, so call ahead before putting your skates or bathing suit on.
Located in an 1890s tri-domed Victorian glass conservatory on the grounds of South Park and created by NY Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, these gardens feature exotic flowers and plants from around the world. The gardens are operated by the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Highlights include an orchid and bromeliad house, herb collection, and waterfall. There are also seasonal shows such as Spring Flowers, All-American Annuals in summer, and December Poinsettias.