Along with being the gateway city to the Niagara Falls, Buffalo is a creative place full of lush parklands, 19th-century architecture and renowned concert halls and art galleries. Buffalo hugs the banks of Niagara River, Buffalo River and Lake Erie, offering a range of water sports and waterfront dining.
Things to do in Buffalo
Begin your Buffalo holiday downtown, where you’ll encounter numerous historic landmarks including the Civil War monument in Lafayette Square and the art-deco Buffalo City Hall. Take a stroll down to Buffalo River, particularly Canalside, a cultural hub with regular concerts and art events, food trucks and restaurants. You can also rent kayaks and water bikes, tour naval vessels or take historical cruises along the river.
If you’re visiting with children, take them on an immersive journey through wildlife habitats at Buffalo Zoo, home to vampire bats, anacondas, piranhas and other exotic creatures. Interactive exhibits can be found at Explore & More Children’s Museum, including cultural dress-ups, drawing and architecture. Head about 20 minutes north to Fantasy Island, where water slides, Wild West shows and over 30 rides await.
If sport’s on your agenda, time your visit for the NFL or NHL season to watch the Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres compete for national championships. Music is also a big part of this city, particularly the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Make sure you save time to visit the world-famous Niagara Falls, located about 36 kilometres north of Buffalo. You can book a scenic flight, snap photos from scenic lookouts or cruise right up to the cascading Falls.
Getting around Buffalo
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) is 20 minutes from the city centre via car and about 30 minutes if your ride the BNIA train. Once you’re downtown, you can ride the Buffalo Metro Rail or walk between sights. Catch a cab, ride the Amtrak rail or hire a car if you want to travel further afield.