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Best Tours in Buffalo

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Buffalo City Hall

A classic example of Art Deco architectural design, this building ranks as an early 20th Century American masterpiece and has been considered an enduring symbol of Buffalo's genius and spirit since it was designed in 1929 by John J. Wade. Located in the center of downtown and overlooking Buffalo's main public square, the 32-story building boasts Native American-influenced tile details, friezes showing aspects of city life, and a top-floor observation tower with views of Lake Erie and the city.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Forest Lawn Cemetery

Known as Buffalo's city cemetery and in existence since 1849, this 267-acre property features the grave sites of some of the city's most important citizens. Buried here are former U.S. President Millard Fillmore, Indian Chief Red Jacket, from whom the land to create the city of Buffalo was purchased, and Pony Express pioneer William Fargo, to name a few. You can stop at the office inside the main entrance for a self-guiding map. Bird watching and Sunday hayride-style tours of the beautiful grounds are also available.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Darwin D. Martin House

Neglected after the Martin family left the area, this historic building, one of a half-dozen built by Frank Lloyd Wright in and around Buffalo, has undergone intensive restoration. Located near Delaware Park, the building is a good example of Wright's Prairie style. Other structures on the complex include the Barton House, with original interior wood and art glass, a covered walkway connecting the main house with the conservatory, and a gardener's cottage.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Buffalo Zoo

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.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

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.

Buffalo, NY, United States
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Roycroft Campus

Declared a National Historic Site in 1986, this collection of 14 buildings is the legacy of Elbert Hubbard, the visionary writer and printer who more than 100 years ago founded a utopian arts and crafts community based on the principles of the medieval guilds. Located in the Village of East Aurora about 30 minutes south of downtown Buffalo, the campus includes such buildings as the recently renovated Roycroft Inn, and the Roycroft Shops. Guided tours of the campus are available July-September daily by appointment; the fees go towards building restorations.

East Aurora, NY, United States
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