Buffalo Places

TripWhat's travel guide to the City of Good Neighbors; our list of the best things to see, including Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site, Buffalo Museum of Science and Buffalo Museum of Science.
  • The best place in Buffalo: Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site

    641 Delaware Ave
    M-F 9:30AM-3:30PM, Sa Su 12:30PM-3:30PM. $10, aged 62+ and students $7, ages 6-18 $5, families $25, free for children under 5 and members. The only property in Western New York operated by the National Park Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is located in Allentown, in a handsome 1838 Greek Revival mansion that was the residence of Ansley Wilcox, a Buffalo lawyer and politico. In September 1901, several days after President William McKinley died in Buffalo of gunshot wounds he sustained while greeting attendees of the Pan-American Exposition, Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the home of Wilcox, an acquaintance of his, and the Oath of Office was administered to him there. A planned demolition of the house in the early 1960s was averted at the last minute, and today the Wilcox Mansion has been thoroughly restored inside and out, and features historical displays related to Roosevelt, McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition as well as occasional temporary exhibits. The grounds of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site are planted with herb and flower gardens in season.
    Allen food nearby
  • Buffalo Museum of Science

    Buffalo Museum of Science

    1020 Humboldt Pkwy
    $9, seniors 62+ $8, ages 2-17, students, and military $7, museum members and children under 2 free. Located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, an Olmsted park on Buffalo's East Side, the Buffalo Museum of Science is located in a lovely building built in 1929 by the prominent Buffalo architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson. The emphasis of the Buffalo Museum of Science is on natural and physical sciences; items from its 700,000+ piece collection of specimens and artifacts, encompassing almost every conceivable aspect of the anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology and zoology of Western New York and elsewhere, are on display in the Museum's galleries. The Buffalo Museum of Science also boasts interactive science studios and a National Geographic 3D Cinema, and operates the Tifft Nature Preserve, 264 acres (105ha) of reclaimed industrial land in South Buffalo discussed below.
    Mlk Park eat nearby
  • Buffalo Museum of Science

    Buffalo Museum of Science

    1020 Humboldt Pkwy Ste 1
    $9, seniors 62+ $8, ages 2-17, students, and military $7, museum members and children under 2 free. Located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, an Olmsted park on Buffalo's East Side, the Buffalo Museum of Science is located in a lovely building built in 1929 by the prominent Buffalo architectural firm of Esenwein & Johnson. The emphasis of the Buffalo Museum of Science is on natural and physical sciences; items from its 700,000+ piece collection of specimens and artifacts, encompassing almost every conceivable aspect of the anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology and zoology of Western New York and elsewhere, are on display in the Museum's galleries. The Buffalo Museum of Science also boasts interactive science studios and a National Geographic 3D Cinema, and operates the Tifft Nature Preserve, 264 acres (105ha) of reclaimed industrial land in South Buffalo discussed below.
    Genesee Moselle restaurants nearby
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center

    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    1300 Elmwood Ave
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Th till 9PM, Su 1PM-5PM. $10, seniors $8, students $5, Buffalo State College students and children under 10 free. Opened in 1966 and greatly expanded in the early '90s through the charitable largesse of Dr. Charles Rand Penney, the Burchfield Penney Art Center finally moved into its new museum building in 2008 after over a decade of planning and construction. An important addition to the Elmwood Avenue Museum District operated by Buffalo State College, the mission of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is to showcase the unique culture of Buffalo and Western New York and the vibrancy of its creative community with displays of works by local artists. The backbone of the Burchfield Penney's offerings consists of the world's most extensive collection of paintings by Charles Burchfield, a renowned watercolorist who spent most of his career living in or near Buffalo. Temporary exhibitions, often with a local flavor, are also frequently presented. The involvement of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in the community is exemplified by its "Art On Wheels" program, as well as "Herd About Buffalo", a popular phenomenon whereby local businesses have displayed personalized papier-mâché buffaloes or bison as an expression of community pride.
    Black Rock food nearby
  • Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills

    Ralph C. Wilson Stadium, One Bills Dr., Orchard Park
    Wilson Stadium, One Bills Dr., Orchard Park, toll-free:+1 877 BB-TICKS. A member of the National Football League (NFL), the Buffalo Bills were conference champions for four straight years in the 1990s but have had declining fortunes since then. They play their games at Ralph C. Wilson Stadium in the suburb of Orchard Park. Still, the citizens of Buffalo follow the Bills' trials and tribulations religiously during football season (August through December), and home games at "the Ralph" almost always sell out.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

    Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

    2655 S Park Ave
    $7, seniors and students $6, 12 and under $4, members and children under 3 free. Located at South Park, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens were founded in 1898 and today consist of several collections of plants—the Panama Cloud Forest & Epiphyte Pavilion, the Palm Dome, the Florida Everglades pavilion, the Victorian Ivy & Herb House, the Orchid House, and the Rose Garden are only a few—arranged carefully in Victorian style. All in all, 1,500 varieties of plants are displayed here to more than 100,000 visitors annually. The lovely Victorian conservatory building of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens was designed by Frederick A. Lord and William A. Burnham, who went on to design the conservatory at the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C. some years later.
    South Park restaurants nearby
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    1285 Elmwood Ave.
    Daily 10AM-5PM (F until 10PM). $12, seniors/students $8, children 6-12 $5, free for children 5 and under, museum members, active military, and on first Friday of each month; $5 parking fee ($3 for museum members). The centerpiece of the Museum District, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery boasts one of the premier collections of modern and contemporary art in the nation, with the impressionist, cubist, surrealist, abstract expressionist, and pop art styles—and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol—all well-represented among its permanent collection. Works of other styles and periods are also on display, and the Albright-Knox plays host to travelling exhibitions on a frequent basis. The Albright-Knox is housed in a magnificent Neoclassical structure that is a work of art in itself—built in 1905 from a design by Green & Wicks, the greatest Buffalo architectural firm of all time, the building emulates the Erechtheion in Athens, with caryatids designed by eminent sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and, at the time of its construction, more columns than any building in the United States with the exception of the U.S. Capitol.
    Albright food nearby
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    1285 Elmwood Ave
    Daily 10AM-5PM (F until 10PM). $12, seniors/students $8, children 6-12 $5, free for children 5 and under, museum members, active military, and on first Friday of each month; $5 parking fee ($3 for museum members). The centerpiece of the Museum District, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery boasts one of the premier collections of modern and contemporary art in the nation, with the impressionist, cubist, surrealist, abstract expressionist, and pop art styles—and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol—all well-represented among its permanent collection. Works of other styles and periods are also on display, and the Albright-Knox plays host to travelling exhibitions on a frequent basis. The Albright-Knox is housed in a magnificent Neoclassical structure that is a work of art in itself—built in 1905 from a design by Green & Wicks, the greatest Buffalo architectural firm of all time, the building emulates the Erechtheion in Athens, with caryatids designed by eminent sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and, at the time of its construction, more columns than any building in the United States with the exception of the U.S. Capitol.
    Albright eat nearby
  • Music Is Art Festival

    Music Is Art Festival

    The brainchild of Robby Takac, longtime bass guitarist for Buffalo-based rock band The Goo Goo Dolls, the Music Is Art Festival was founded in 2004 and originally was held in Allentown in June to coincide with the Allentown Art Festival before moving to Delaware Park in 2008, where it now takes place in mid-September. The Music Is Art Festival "celebrates all that is weird and wonderful about [the] arts scene in Western New York" (in the words of a recent feature article in the Buffalo News) by presenting a constant stream of creative performances of live music of all genres by artists of local provenance, on several stages.
    Delaware Park restaurants nearby
  • National Buffalo Wing Festival

    National Buffalo Wing Festival

    Each Labor Day weekend sees Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo host the National Buffalo Wing Festival, two days dedicated to Buffalo's best-known addition to the annals of American cuisine. Inspired by the 2001 movie "Osmosis Jones" as well as a column by iconic Buffalo News editorialist Donn Esmonde, the National Buffalo Wing Festival has, since its inception, drawn nearly 600,000 hungry guests from all 50 states and 33 foreign countries to Buffalo, who have collectively eaten over 3 million chicken wings and raised over $200,000 for various local charities. Showcased by a long list of national media such as "The Today Show", "The View", "Live with Regis and Kelly", numerous Food Network series, and even a PBS documentary, the National Buffalo Wing Festival sees over 30 restaurants in Buffalo and around the country—including the Anchor Bar, where chicken wings were first served in 1964—serve up their individual recipes and compete for prizes.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center

    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    1300 Elmwood Ave.
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Th till 9PM, Su 1PM-5PM. $10, seniors $8, students $5, Buffalo State College students and children under 10 free. Opened in 1966 and greatly expanded in the early '90s through the charitable largesse of Dr. Charles Rand Penney, the Burchfield Penney Art Center finally moved into its new museum building in 2008 after over a decade of planning and construction. An important addition to the Elmwood Avenue Museum District operated by Buffalo State College, the mission of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is to showcase the unique culture of Buffalo and Western New York and the vibrancy of its creative community with displays of works by local artists. The backbone of the Burchfield Penney's offerings consists of the world's most extensive collection of paintings by Charles Burchfield, a renowned watercolorist who spent most of his career living in or near Buffalo. Temporary exhibitions, often with a local flavor, are also frequently presented. The involvement of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in the community is exemplified by its "Art On Wheels" program, as well as "Herd About Buffalo", a popular phenomenon whereby local businesses have displayed personalized papier-mâché buffaloes or bison as an expression of community pride.
    Black Rock eat nearby
  • Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

    Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

    Held for the past thirteen years on the final weekend in August, this two-day event is to the Elmwood Village at the end of summer what the larger, longer-standing Allentown Art Festival is to Allentown at the beginning of summer. The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts distinguishes itself from its counterpart with a broader focus, including not only over 170 artists and artisans but also performances of live music by local bands, a dance tent, displays on such topics as environmental conservation and cultural awareness, and Kidsfest, where young people can participate in hands-on activities and march in the Kidsfest parade.
    Grant Ferry restaurants nearby
  • M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-12AM, Sa 12PM-12AM, Su 12PM-10PM. $20-40. Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar is famous as the place where, in 1964, chef Teressa Bellissimo served to a group of her son's friends who arrived at the restaurant at closing time a platter of chicken wings that she was about to throw away, but instead fried and doused in a spicy sauce: what we now know as Buffalo chicken wings. The Anchor Bar serves what many say are still Buffalo's best wings—available in barbeque, mild, medium, hot, or "suicidal"—and also an outstanding variety of salads, sandwiches (including that other standout of Buffalo cuisine, beef on weck), and simple but hearty Italian specialties. A wide variety of beer, wine, and delicious Italian cordials are available, and guests should definitely save room for the selection of lovely Italian desserts such as spumoni and cannoli.
    Bryant
  • Betty's

    Betty's

    370 Virginia St
    Tu-Th 8AM-3:30PM and 4:30PM-9PM, F 8AM-3:30PM and 4:30PM-10PM, Sa 9AM-3:30PM and 4:30PM-10PM, Su 9AM-2PM. $20-35. Betty's opened on Virginia Street in 2004 and quickly won the hearts of Allentown's hip community of bohemian urbanites with their friendly and funky staff, their cheerful ambience, and—of course—their fine food, including a legendary breakfast and Saturday and Sunday brunch. For dinner, Betty's serves a wide variety of entrees with a Mediterranean bent; the lentil salad plate is a personal favorite. Sandwiches, salads, and a kids' menu flesh out the offerings.
    Waterfront
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

    Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

    2655 South Park Ave.
    $7, seniors and students $6, 12 and under $4, members and children under 3 free. Located at South Park, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens were founded in 1898 and today consist of several collections of plants—the Panama Cloud Forest & Epiphyte Pavilion, the Palm Dome, the Florida Everglades pavilion, the Victorian Ivy & Herb House, the Orchid House, and the Rose Garden are only a few—arranged carefully in Victorian style. All in all, 1,500 varieties of plants are displayed here to more than 100,000 visitors annually. The lovely Victorian conservatory building of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens was designed by Frederick A. Lord and William A. Burnham, who went on to design the conservatory at the National Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C. some years later.
    South Park restaurants nearby
  • Held annually at Delaware Park, this brand-new addition to Buffalo's growing array of annual events is not only a celebration of the winter season for which Buffalo is well-known, but also has as a primary mission the preservation of, appreciation for, and investment in Buffalo's system of Olmsted parks. The 2012 Flurrious! festival included a foot race around Delaware Park's Ring Road, bike ride, snow golfing, snow tennis, igloo building, kickball tournament, live music all day, and food and drink in a heated tent at the Parkside Lodge.
    Delaware Park food nearby
  • Theatre of Youth Co

    Theatre of Youth Co

    203 Allen St
    The Theatre of Youth is a not-for-profit professional theatre company that is the only one in the Niagara Frontier dedicated to presenting works for young people and families. At the Allendale Theatre, yet another former silent movie palace that fell into disrepair before being lovingly restored back to greatness, the Theatre of Youth stages performances such as "Pinkalicious" and "Charlotte's Web" for 30,000 audience members per year with a goal of instilling in young people an enduring appreciation for the performing arts.
    Front Park eat nearby
  • Theatre of Youth

    Theatre of Youth

    203 Allen St.
    The Theatre of Youth is a not-for-profit professional theatre company that is the only one in the Niagara Frontier dedicated to presenting works for young people and families. At the Allendale Theatre, yet another former silent movie palace that fell into disrepair before being lovingly restored back to greatness, the Theatre of Youth stages performances such as "Pinkalicious" and "Charlotte's Web" for 30,000 audience members per year with a goal of instilling in young people an enduring appreciation for the performing arts.
    Front Park restaurants nearby
  • Trattoria Aroma

    Trattoria Aroma

    311 Bryant St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-12AM, Sa 5PM-12AM, Su 11AM-3PM (brunch) & 5PM-10PM. $25-55. Trattoria Aroma serves authentic, rustic Italian cuisine in an upscale trattoria setting. Homemade bread, sausage, pasta, and delectable Italian pastries and desserts are complemented by some of Buffalo's best espresso. Trattoria Aroma also operates a location in the suburb of Williamsville featuring a full wine bar.
    Bryant
  • Papaya

    Papaya

    118 W Chippewa St
    Chippewa St., ☎ +1 716 856-2444. M-Tu 11AM-11PM, W-Th 11AM-12AM, F 11AM-2AM, Sa 3PM-2AM, Su 3PM-10PM. $25-50. The "Chip Strip" is known mostly for its rowdy bars and dance clubs, but it also boasts a few decent restaurants. Papaya is one of these. Serving daring Asian fusion cuisine with an accent on Thai and Vietnamese influences, as well as sushi, Papaya's menu is one of Buffalo's most innovative. Beer, wine, sake, and cocktails are served including excellent martinis.
    Central Business District
  • Merge

    Merge

    439 Delaware Ave., 14202
    A hip Allentown destination for trendy young urbanites, Merge offers not only high-quality food at great prices, but also displays paintings, photography, and other work by local artists, and is a venue for live music where local bands strut their stuff. As for the food, healthy and upscale gourmet sandwiches, wraps, salads, and entrees abound, with the menu utterly dominated by vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
    Allen
  • Black Rock Kitchen & Bar

    Black Rock Kitchen & Bar

    491 Amherst St
    Owned by restauranteur and eminent local historian Mark Goldman, Black Rock Kitchen & Bar is a new restaurant that is a proud component of the revitalization of the Grant-Amherst neighborhood. Black Rock Kitchen & Bar is already earning rave reviews for its selections which show distinct influences from Italian and French cuisine. The duck leg confit BLT, the ditalini with sweet peas and prosciutto, and the foie gras French toast are only a few of the mouth-watering speciaties on offer at this newly minted gem. Now open for brunch.
    Black Rock
  • Vera Pizzeria

    Vera Pizzeria

    220 Lexington Avenue
    M-Th 5PM-12AM, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. $20-40. Italian for "true", Vera's mission is to serve pizza that is true to what is served in Naples, where pizza was first made. This brand-new restaurant just a block from Elmwood Avenue is already earning rave reviews for its tantalizing take on gourmet pizza and other upscale Italian fare, and—perhaps even more so—for the interesting and exciting cocktails served at its full bar.
    Front Park
  • Irish Classical Theatre Company

    Irish Classical Theatre Company

    625 Main St Lowr
    Housed since 1999 at the Andrews Theatre in the downtown Theater District, the Irish Classical Theatre Company was founded in 1990 by a pair of brothers from Dublin with a mission "to present the greatest works of dramatic literature: international classics; modern plays of exceptional merit; and Irish plays, both traditional and contemporary... at the highest level of artistic excellence for the public of Buffalo, Western New York and Southern Ontario, and subsequently, for national and international audiences." Despite its name, the Irish Classical Theatre has a broad and international focus; over the course of its history, the company has presented performances by the late French mime Marcel Marceau, the renowned Polish dramatist Kazimierz Braun, and Buffalo native Jesse L. Martin, whose work includes performances in the Broadway musical "Rent" and the television series "Law & Order".
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • The Buffalo Zoo

    The Buffalo Zoo

    300 Parkside Ave
    Summer: Sa-Th 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-7:30PM Winter: Daily 10AM-4PM. $10, students and seniors $8, children 2-14 $7, children under 2 free. Parking $3.50. Train and carousel rides $2. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Buffalo Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the United States (founded in 1875 on the former site of the Deer Paddock at Delaware Park) and is second in popularity only to Niagara Falls among tourist attractions in the Niagara Frontier, welcoming 400,000 visitors each year. The 23-acre (9.5ha) Zoo boasts exciting thematic displays that play host to 1,200 different animals, such as elephants, bears, otters, sea lions, hyenas, and of course, bison. Some of the animals, such as a resident peacock, are allowed to roam freely on the walkways, allowing visitors to get closer to nature than they would in most zoos. In 2002, a new Master Plan was unveiled that will see the Zoo thoroughly modernized over the next 15 years. Under this framework, the Vanishing Animals, EcoStation, Otter Creek, Sea Lion Cove and South African Rainforest exhibits have already opened, with a new Children's Zoo and other exhibits slated for the near future.
    Parkside food nearby
  • Shea's Performing Arts Center

    Shea's Performing Arts Center

    646 Main St
    Located in an dazzlingly ornate former movie palace that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Shea's Performing Arts Center has been the cornerstone of downtown Buffalo's Theater District since the late 1970s, when its opening thwarted plans by civic leaders to demolish the grand old building. Today, Shea's is Buffalo's premier venue for lavish Broadway-style musicals such as "Dreamgirls", "The Lion King", and "Wicked", as well as live music and performances such as "Sesame Street Live" and the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". The Mighty Wurlitzer organ, installed in the theater in 1926 to provide musical accompaniment to silent movies, is also occasionally dusted off for performances of various types. Next door to the main theater is Shea's Smith Theatre, which hosts smaller shows, local productions, and stand-up comedy.
    Central Business District eat nearby
Nothing here yet! Search for some restaurants or attractions to get started!
EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Buffalo uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.