About Buffalo

Architectural Jewels  |  Excursions  |  Performing Arts Visual Arts  Historical Sites & Museums
Club Scene  |  The Aquarium  |  The Falls  |  Across the Border Botanical Gardens  |  Shopping


We hope you enjoy your stay in Buffalo! Below we list some of the many things to see and do in and around Buffalo (and just across the border in Canada - Please Note: Travel across the border now requires a passport, for everyone). For background information on the City of Buffalo, we recommend you visit the eclectic Buffalo History Works website at http://www.buffalohistoryworks.com.

We also hope you'll get a chance to visit the University at Buffalo's campus, just a short walk from our conference hotel. For more information, see the university's visitor's guide at http://www.buffalo.edu/community/visitor_guide.html.

And finally, a word about chicken wings! Legend has it they originated at the Anchor Bar in downtown Buffalo. You can get the whole story from the Anchor Bar's website at http://www.anchorbar.com.


Architectural Jewels

The New York Times featured Buffalo's rich architectural history in a three-page story titled Saving Buffalo's Untold Beauty. We invite you while you are here to visit some of the magnificent architectural sites.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest "Prairie House," the five-structure Darwin Martin House Complex was designed and built in 1903-1905. The Darwin Martin house is distinguished from most of Wright's other prairie style houses by its unusually large size and open plan. The complex also includes a second house, built for Darwin Martin's sister, as well as a pergola, conservatory, carriage house, and gardener's cottage, all also designed by Wright.

Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Tours available year-round; see website below for dates and times.
125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 856-3858
http://www.darwinmartinhouse.org/

Buffalo Tours

Presented by the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County, offerings include a variety of tours focusing on the history and architecture of the city.

Buffalo Tours
617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 852-3300
http://www.buffalotours.org


Excursions


Buffalo Harbor Cruises

Buffalo Harbor Cruises allow you to sightsee while aboard ship. They currently offer three narrated sightseeing cruises: a tour of historic Buffalo and its architecture; a guided tour through the historic Buffalo River and its grain elevators; and narrated tours of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and the Black Rock Canal.

Buffalo Harbor Cruises
http://www.buffaloharborcruises.com/
May-Oct.: Hours vary through the season.
Call for schedule and prices.
Departs from 79 Marine Drive, Buffalo, NY, adjacent to the Buffalo Naval & Military Park in downtown Buffalo.


Performing Arts


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally recognized symphony orchestra, and its music director, JoAnn Falletta, has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the brightest stars of symphonic music in America."

Kleinhans Music Hall
370 Pennsylvania
71 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: (716) 885-0331
http://www.bpo.org/

 

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

 

Shea's is a 73-year-old cultural and historic landmark located in the Theatre District of downtown Buffalo featuring blockbuster broadway shows. The musical Chicago opens the Shea’s Broadway Season this year and will be playing from September 22-27, 2009.

646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 847-1410
http://www.sheas.org

 

Irish Classical Theatre

Located downtown in Buffalo's Theater District across the street from Shea's, the Irish Classical Theatre is dedicated to producing plays by the best playwrights from around the world with a special emphasis on Irish and classical productions.

625 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Box Office: (716) 853-ICTC
http://www.IrishClassicalTheatre.com/

 

Ujima Theatre Company

The Swahili word ujima, which means "collective work and responsibility," expresses the guiding principles behind the work of the Ujima Theatre Company.

545 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 883-4232
http://www.ujimatheatre.org


VISUAL ARTS

 

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has a worldwide reputation as an outstanding center of modern art. Its collection is especially rich in post-war American and European art.

1285 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 882-8700
http://www.albrightknox.org


Burchfield-Penney Art Center

 

The premier museum showcasing Western New York artists, the Burchfield is dedicated to collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the works of renowned American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield. The museum spotlights ongoing exhibitions of his works as well as hand-crafted objects by artisans from the Roycroft Arts & Crafts community of East Aurora.

Rockwell Hall
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095
Phone: (716) 878-3510
http://www.burchfield-penney.org/

 

Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

Hallwalls is a multi-disciplinary arts center in Buffalo, which for over 20 years has presented contemporary art to audiences in the Western New York region. Hallwalls' mission is to support the creation and presentation of new work in the visual, media, performing, and literary arts.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 854-1694
http://hallwalls.org

 


Historical Sites and Museums

 

Buffalo Museum of Science

The science museum maintains a collection that covers the spectrum from anthropology to zoology, and everything in between.

1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211-1293
Phone: (716) 896-5200
http://www.sciencebuff.org

 

Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is one of the oldest regional historical societies in the country. Today, more than 80,000 artifacts documenting the area's cultural heritage, as well as 20,000 books, 200,000 photographs, and 2,000 manuscripts, are housed in the Historical Society building. Originally built for the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, the building is now a national historic landmark.

25 Nottingham Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: (716) 873-9644
Fax: (716) 873-8754
http://www.bechs.org/

 

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts and documents. Among the treasures housed at the seven museum locations in the U.S. are the original draft of the "Bill of Rights of the United States," the original manuscript of "The Wedding March," Einstein's description of his Theory of Relativity, the "Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by George Washington, Roget's Thesaurus, and Webster's Dictionary. The Buffalo museum is located at:

453 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 885-4139
http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/

 

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Following the assassination of William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as our nation's 26th president in the library of the Wilcox Mansion. It is the only National Park Service site in Western New York, and one of just five inaugural sites located outside of Washington, DC. Visitors can enjoy guided house tours, architectural walking tours, permanent and changing exhibits, and period gardens.

641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 884-0095
Fax: (716) 884-0330
http://www.nps.gov/thri/

Old Fort Niagara

This old stone fort, originally built by the French in 1726 to guard the mouth of the Niagara River, is simply stunning. View original pre-revolutionary stone buildings, ancient fortifications, exhibits, demonstrations, and living history against the back-drop of Lake Ontario.

Youngstown, NY 14174-0169
Phone: (716) 745-7611
Fax: (716) 745-9141
http://www.oldfortniagara.org

 


Buffalo Club Scene

Buffalo has a very lively music scene, much of which goes on in various clubs located throughout the city. See the calendar in Buffalo's ArtVoice for a detailed listing of musical venues and acts at http://artvoice.com/calendar

 

Aquarium of Niagara

Daily schedule of animal sessions (they have penguins, seals, sea lions, and sharks) and feedings. The second-level observation deck commands a wonderful view of the Niagara Gorge.

701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, NY14092
Phone: (716) 285-3575 or (800) 500-4609
http://www.aquariumofniagara.org/

 


Niagara Falls

One of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World," the Falls are a "must see." You can view them from either the American or the Canadian side. To view them from the Canadian side, you must cross into Canada, which requires that you have a passport even if you are a U.S. citizen.

Here are a few of the attractions on the American side.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
This boat ride is a breathtaking 30-minute ride that allows you to get up close to one of the natural wonders of the world. The boat passes by the base of the American Falls and then into the ring of the Horseshoe Falls. Raincoats are provided!

151 Buffalo Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 284-8897
Fax: (716) 284-5446
http://www.maidofthemist.com/

Niagara Falls State Park
The State Park that surrounds the Falls on the American side includes Prospect Point, Goat Island, Luna Island at Bridal Veil Falls, and Three Sisters Island.


Niagara Falls, NY 14303-0132
Phone: (716) 278-1796 Fax: (716) 278-1744
http://nysparks.com/parks/46/details.aspx

Devil's Hole State Park
Devil's Hole State Park overlooks the lower Whirlpool rapids. A wildly beautiful walkway leads down from the park along the turbulent Niagara River 300 feet into the wooded gorge and offers an up-close, spectacular view of the gorge's rapids. Devil's Hole has picnic areas, hiking, and nature trails. A popular spot for fishermen.

Robert Moses Parkway North
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
(716) 278-1762
http://nysparks.com/parks/42/details.aspx

Whirlpool State Park
Whirlpool State Park has two levels--the upper, or street, level has many overlooks with spectacular views of the swirling waters of the rapids, the whirlpool and the Niagara River Escarpment. Visitors picnic and children use the playground at this level. The lower, or river, level is accessible by walking the 300 feet of trails and steps that descend into the gorge. This level has several nature trails and access for fishing.

Niagara Rapids Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
(716) 278-1762
http://nysparks.com/parks/105/details.aspx


Across the Border


Niagara-on-the-Lake

Canada’s original capital, this historic village has wonderful shops and restaurants, and is home to the Shaw Festival, an annual theater festival devoted to productions of the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.

http://www.niagaraonthelake.com/


The Shaw Festival

 

An approximately 40-minute drive from Buffalo, the Shaw Festival operates out of three theaters: The Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, and the Royal George Theatre.

Shaw Festival Theatre
Box 774 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0
Box Office: 1-800-511-7429
http://www.shawfest.com/


Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

The Gardens showcase seasonal flower shows under the domes of a 12-room Victorian glass conservatory situated on the 11.3-acre park designed by New York City’s Central Park designer, Frederick Law Olmstead. Built in the 1890s, the permanent collection includes flowers, cacti, fruit trees, palms, and orchids from around the world. Listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

2655 South Park Ave. at McKinley Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14218
Phone: (716) 696-3555
http://www.buffalogardens.com/


Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory

The Gardens include a herb garden, vegetable garden, rock garden, and splendid arboretum. The grounds are also home to an impressive collection of free-flying butterflies in its Butterfly Conservatory. Check website for dates of operation.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 1-877-Nia-Park
http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/botanical-gardens.html

 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Approximatetly an hour’s drive from Buffalo in Canada, the Royal Botanical Gardens is home to the world's largest lilac collection, over 100,000 spring bulbs, an acre of iris, and two acres of roses. Encompassing more than 2,700 acres, the Gardens offer spectacular displays of beautiful flowers while protecting a wilderness of high cliffs, deep ravines, and wetlands.

680 Plains Road West
Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada
(905) 527-1158
http://www.rbg.ca

 


Shopping in and Around Buffalo

For a good guide to shopping in our area, see http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/visitors/shop/.

The Elmwood Strip (aka Elmwood Village)

Many unique and one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops line Elmwood Avenue between Allen Street and Forest Avenue.

http://www.elmwoodvillage.org/

Antique World & Flea Market

New York's largest indoor/outdoor antique market. Hundreds of dealers offer antiques, collectibles, jewelry, new merchandise, entertainment, and more. Only 15 minutes from Buffalo, this 200-acre complex is a must stop for bargain hunters and antique enthusiasts.

10995 Main Street
Clarence, NY 14031
(716) 759-8483
http://www.antiqueworldmarket.com/


Walden Galleria

The largest shopping mall in the Buffalo area.

One Walden Galleria (I-90, exit 52 east or west)
Buffalo, NY 14225
Phone: (716) 681-7600
http://www.waldengalleria.com

 

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, NY

Designer clothing, electronics, and housewares. Over 150 stores.

1900 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Phone:(716) 297-2022
http://www.fashionoutletsniagara.com/

 

IKEA

1065 Plains Rd. E.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7T 4K1
(QEW and Plains Rd. E.)
Phone: (905) 681-4532
http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/store/burlington