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Top Things To Do in Buffalo

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New York's multicultural gem, Buffalo is the home of the spicy chicken wings and beef on weck. The city has gone from being a 19th-century industrial behemoth to a 21st-century high-tech powerhouse without losing the charm that makes it ‘The City of Good Neighbors’.


Buffalo Museum of Science

The Buffalo Museum of Science is dedicated to all things science, from cosmology and natural history to archaeology and zoology. One of the highlights is the several large imposing dinosaurs figurines. 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.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery

Opened in 1849, the Forest Lawn Cemetery is a 267-acre (108 hectares) property that serves as the gravesite 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.

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Delaware Park

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. The Delaware Park's 376 acres (152 hectares) 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.

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Darwin D. Martin House Complex

The Darwin D. Martin House Complex is one of the several historic buildings built by Frank Lloyd Wright in and around Buffalo. 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.

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Tifft Nature Preserve

Located three miles from downtown Buffalo on the Lake Erie shoreline, this unique urban nature reserve offers 264-acre (106 hectares) of trails, anachronistic boardwalks and a marsh. This preserve is the environmental education site for the Buffalo Museum of Science and it's perfect for bird-watching, hiking, and family picnics—not to mention snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the cold winters. In the 1950s, the site was used as a refuse dump, but thankfully it was converted to a nature preserve in the 1980s. Admission is free but donations are requested.

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Buffalo History Museum

Set in a building constructed in 1901, the Buffalo History Museum is the ideal place to know the history of the city and county. It also gives a glimpse of life during the turn of the 20th Century. Chronicle the 150 years of history in the Research Library or explore the exhibit galleries like Rotary, Pioneer, the State Court, Erie County Room, Community Gallery and Native American Gallery. It was earlier called Buffalo Historical Society and Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. This museum also has one of the finest collection of Pan-American Exposition artifacts.

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Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Ultimately the site of Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration as President of the United States following the assassination of William McKinley, this stately Greek Revival home has stood at 641 Delaware Avenue since the early 1800s. The building served as an emergency venue for Roosevelt's swearing-in ceremony that took place on 14th September 1901. The house has undergone a series of architectural changes over the centuries but retains an original structure that formed a part of the Buffalo Barracks compound. While the presidential office is by far the site's prime attraction, its onsite museum is equally impressive preserving exhibits from the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 among many others.

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Elmwood Village

Boasting of several shops, restaurants, coffee houses and bars, Elmwood Village is the perfect spot for those who want to spend the day browsing through goodies, enjoying great food and drink or simply taking in the lively vibe of this activity hub. From shops like Spoiled Rotten and Second Chic to Fern +Arrow and Anna Grace, the shopping hub ensures there is something in store for everyone. The array of designer and secondhand goodies also ensure that people of all tastes and budgets can shop from here. A lot of souvenirs and items for gifting can be found here as well. Don't hesitate to head to any one of the eateries to recharge your batteries after the shopping spree. If you are in the mood to indulge in some retail therapy, then Elmwood Village is your best bet.

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Buffalo Zoo

One of the oldest in the U.S. and in existence since 1875, the Buffalo Zoo displays more than 1,000 species of animals and 300 types of plants on its 23.5 acres (9 hectares) 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.

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Canalside

Set beside the restful waters of the elegant Buffalo River, the Canalside which was also referred to as Erie Canal Harbor was officially made open to the public on July 2, 2008. This harbor was of prime importance in the 19th and 20th centuries, as it served as the Canal's western terminus at that time, thus contributing richly to Buffalo's financial development. As the centuries went by its significance waned and hence was converted into a tourist attraction by 2006. As of today, the site houses a wonderful blend of historic structures, contemporary masterpieces and scenic sights such as the HarborCenter, the Erie County Naval and Military Park, Central Wharf and Commercial Slip to name few. The harbor is open throughout the year.

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