Our lovely city of Buffalo is a great place to visit, filled with amazing restaurants, boutique shops, art deco architecture and many historic landmarks. With so much to choose from, first time visitors often ask us for ideas when planning a quick trip, so here are some recommendations:
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
Being the only casino in Buffalo, this is an incredibly popular destination, attracting as many as 3 million visitors each year. The casino features 67,000 sq ft of gaming space with more than 800 reel and video slots including The hangover, Sex and The City and Deal or No deal, so many that you can be a winner, too. If slots aren’t exactly your thing, not to worry, as the casino has all of the classic table games and more, including Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud and even three card poker.
Darwin D. Martin House
If you’re a fan of architecture or even American history buff, you won’t want to miss this. The six-structure house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Darwin D. Martin and his family, and it among the top attractions to visit when in Buffalo. It was originally built in 1904 but has been restored. It is considered to be the best Wright’s Prairie House as well as a signature creation of his career, and it is open to the public for tours.
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
As one of the most historical buildings in Buffalo, this 1894 tri-domed glass conservatory building and Victorian style garden is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A few of the plants are native to the area, but the majority are tropical, and the gardens feature an orchid house, a bromeliad house, an herb collection and a waterfall. There is also an indoor garden where visitors can view a fully restored pal dome and a fern house. The gardens were originally created for the 1900 Pan American Exposition, and the design of the building was heavily influenced by Kew Gardens in London.
Delaware Park & Buffalo Zoo
If you’re looking to enjoy the Buffalo scenery and stretch your legs at the same time, Delaware Park has 350 acres of meadows, forests and a lake to explore. If you happen to be travelling with children, they can safely run around in the park's playground. Another option to keep the children entertained, or if you just happen to be an animal lover yourself, head over to Buffalo Zoo, the third oldest zoo in the nation. The Zoo features gorillas, rhinos, polar bears and a new "world of wildlife" building, boasting both indoor and outdoor displays with more than 1,000 different animals.
To soak up some culture on your trip to Buffalo head to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The building itself is a work of art, a Greek revival construct. Many post-war American and European works of art can be viewed here including the works of Gorky, Pollock Warhol and Johns. Just across the street, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is dedicated to showcasing works by Western New York artists.
Of course our Event Calendar has an ever growing list of events submitted by the community. So fill your weekend with lots of Buffalo fun!