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This multi-use arena located Buffalo's downtown waterfront is where the Sabres, Bandits, Blizzards and Destroyers play. From hockey and lacrosse to soccer, football and even concerts, this venue can host almost any event on the planet. The 20,000 seats in the state-of-the-art entertainment complex never have an obstructed view with the massive Jumbotron that dominates the ceiling. For food, try the Lexus Club restaurant and if you are in the pavilion, don't forget to visit the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
This Buffalo museum is part of the world's largest privately-held collection of rare and valuable manuscripts held by real-estate tycoons David and Marsha Karpeles. It is actually one of eleven Karpeles libraries scattered throughout the U.S. There are two library adjuncts in Buffalo, Porter Hall and the North Hall. The museum houses gems such as an original U.S. Bill of Rights draft, a description by Einstein of his Theory of Relativity, and a Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are appreciated.
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.
Considered among the best in the city when it comes to modern and contemporary 20th-century art, this gallery has a rich selection of works by artists like Sol Lewitt, René Magritte, and Mark Rothko. The Delaware Park gallery also features outstanding work from the 17th-19th Centuries. In addition to the gallery, the center also includes a gift shop and the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat after all that culture.
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.
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.
This is the place to come if you want to know all about America's favorite powdered gelatin. In 1897, Mr. Pearle Bixby Wait developed the wiggly dessert in LeRoy, NY, and later sold the idea to Mr. Orator Woodward, who successfully promoted it. The museum has exhibits of gelatin products from all over the world, along with how Jell-O grew to be a popular dessert in this country. There is even a video showing commercials made about Jell-O gelatin and puddings, many featuring Bill Cosby who has been the Jell-O spokesperson since 1974. The museum’s gift shop has all sorts of Jell-O related merchandise, even a Jell-O mold to make a replica of a human brain.
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.
Located along the Lockport section of the Erie Canal, this amazing underground boat ride is unique. Using a custom-built flat-bottom boat, visitors go on a half-mile trip through a man-made hydraulic raceway cut out of solid rock, the work of 19th-century genius Birdsill Holly— the man who gave the world the fire hydrant and zoned steam heat. Accompanied by a guide and trained operators, the 1 1/4-hour ride is thrilling and perfectly safe.
For an exhilarating adventure across the sky, there's nothing like a ride in a hot air balloon. The views over the 14,000-acre Letchworth State Park (about 1.5 hours southeast of Buffalo) are spectacular and with 600-foot cliffs that feature waterfalls along the Genesee River Gorge, just make sure you don't suffer from vertigo. Excursions last between two and three hours with flights either at sunrise or hours before sunset. Flights end with a champagne toast before the knowledgeable guides and assistants drive passengers back to their vehicles.