Things to Do

In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.

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Elmwood Avenue

Amazing Architecture

Our architecture represents the works of H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Among our must-see landmarks are:

Fun Fact

The New York Times calls Buffalo “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings” and “home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.”

Delicious Cuisine

Buffalo-Niagara is home to more than 400 independently owned restaurants offering a range of food for every palate and pocketbook.

More than 60 local restaurants and wineries serve their fare at Taste of Buffalo, the largest two-day food festival in the U.S. During Labor Day weekend, we pay tribute to our deep-fried claim to fame at the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Waitress attending to a person sitting at a table in a resturaunt

Fascinating History and Museums

In Buffalo you can stand where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, gaze at the terminus of the Erie Canal, wander through a fort that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War, among others:

  • Visit the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the site of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.
  • See Old Fort Niagara, a 300-year-old National Historic Landmark.
  • Stop and honor some of Western New York’s most notable citizens, including U.S. President Millard Fillmore, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
  • Visit the Ansley Wilcox home, where Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president after William McKinley's assassination.
  • Stop by the nations largest inland floating history museum, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.
  • See a major shipping portal that was a principal force in transforming Buffalo from a frontier village into a thriving commercial and industrial metropolis, the Erie Canal Harbor.

Music Mecca

If you’re a classical music buff, you don’t want to miss a chance to hear the internationally renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. In addition, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society plays in the perfect acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall and UB’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall features a full slate of performances throughout the year.

If you prefer pop, rock or country, First Niagara Center and the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center attract the hottest national acts. UB’s own Center for the Arts hosts an impressive slate of concerts, in addition to speakers, theater and dance.

The Buffalo area is home to a number of hugely popular summer concert series. One of the largest, Canalside, is situated in downtown Buffalo along the waterfront and features some of the top acts from the U.S. and Canada.

Numerous smaller clubs feature emerging local performers, touring bands and first-rate jazz acts, while local bars feature local microbrews, exotic cocktails and a wide variety of foods to nibble on.

Energetic Nightlife

Much of Buffalo’s nightlife is centered in several distinct districts. The Chippewa Strip in the heart of the city is a hub of bars, dance clubs, restaurants and coffee shops.

Allentown and the Elmwood Village are artsy neighborhoods brimming with hip meeting places and eclectic restaurants. In North Buffalo, Hertel Avenue features plenty of pubs, as well as an art house movie theater that draws a faithful crowd.

The cluster of clubs and eateries in University Heights, adjacent to UB’s South Campus, is another popular destination.

Engaging Outdoor Recreation

Spring, summer and fall offer mild weather, perfect for outdoor activities like:

  • Boating and fishing. Located on Lake Erie at the beginning of the Niagara River, Buffalo is a mecca for anglers and boaters.
  • Canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
  • Golfing. Tee up at top-rated courses in the U.S. and just across the border.
  • Walking, running, hiking and biking. Get fit and enjoy the scenery in historic city parks, on multipurpose suburban paths and at the dazzling Niagara Gorge. Many state and provincial parks are within a short drive.
  • Camping. Pitch your tent at any number of private, public or state-run campsites.

In the winter months, get out and enjoy:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding. Discover some of the Northeast’s best slopes, including Kissing Bridge and Holiday ValleyUB’s Schussmeisters club offers discounted skiing at area resorts.
  • Cross-country skiing. A vast park system offers miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Tubing. Experience fast-paced fun at several dedicated tubing runs.
  • Sledding and tobogganing. Great sledding is everywhere, including Chestnut Ridge, one of the only U.S. parks with toboggan chutes.
  • Snowmobiling. You'll find a number of well-maintained trails around the region.

Impressive Sports Teams

Buffalo is home to two major professional sports teams—the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres—and some of the world’s most spirited fans. But our sports scene is not limited to football and hockey.

Enjoy baseball? Cheer on the Buffalo Bisons, a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. If lacrosse is your sport, root on the Buffalo Bandits, our championship National Lacrosse League team.

The Football Club of Buffalo plays a spring and early summer schedule at Robert E. Rich Sr. All High Stadium.

Buffalo has also hosted several major tournaments, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament regionals, the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and the NCAA Frozen Four.

In the college sports, twenty UB Bulls sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Many other area schools also have active collegiate sports programs, including Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.

Vibrant Visual Arts

Our riches include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Shea's Performing Arts Center. In Buffalo, you can also find: