From breathtaking art to awe-inspiring animals, you'll find so much to see and experience among the highly inviting and always interesting attractions in Buffalo. So whether you're in town for just a few days or you're a local looking for a great day full of fun, get ready to see some of the city's best attractions.
There's art, and then there's the art that is found in Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery
. The pieces, exhibits and attractions here are truly stunning and will capture your attention to the point that you will have to plan a whole afternoon of taking everything in. It will be virtually impossible to see some of these creations by such masters as Picasso, Monet and Van Gough without wanting to sit in front of them for a good while to take in every rich detail. Don't forget to see the equally stunning collection of sculptures, too. There's also a great restaurant and gift shop on site as well.
Address: 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 - MAP
Phone: (716) 882-8700
Get a closer look at some of your favorite animals when you explore the exhibits and attractions at the Buffalo Zoo
. This is the third oldest zoo in the country, and that impressive level of experience is tremendously obvious by both the types of species represented and the impressive recreations of their natural habitats. See such awe-inspiring animals as Indian rhinos, reindeer, polar bears and red pandas, as well as different types of reptiles and birds. More than a thousand animals make their home here on this 23-acre park that also includes a Children's Zoo, the Interactive World of Wildlife Discovery Center, and a popular cafe appropriately named the "Beastro."
Address: 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 - MAP
Phone: (716) 837-3900
Buffalo City Hall
is not only the hub of the town's government but it also represents an example of classic architecture both inside and out. The charming Art Deco design of the building has been a fixture on Buffalo's skyline for decades, and the building's interior charm balances the classic and the modern. A popular attraction for visitors is the 28th floor observation deck that offers stunning views of the city and Lake Erie, as well.
Address: 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202 - MAP
Phone: (716) 851-4200
A slice of Buffalo's history can be revisited when you step into the Old Post Office
. The structure dates back to 1901 and is augmented by not only a classic architectural design but a majestic tower and equally intriguing interior court. While the structure once served as the city's post office, it now is home to the Erie Community College. Despite that fact, the Old Post Office still retains a high level of vintage charm that makes it an attraction that's well worth a visit.
Address: 121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14227 - MAP
Of the several classic structures found in Buffalo, one of the most essential is the Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex
. Wright, the legendary architect, designed this truly unconventional home that features long banded windows, pitched roofs, and a glass roof conservatory. Fans of classic architecture or just casual observers will want to see this attraction from the inside as well, and to do so you must make a reservation, but it is definitely worth the time.
Address: 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214 - MAP
Phone: (716) 856-3858
Old Fort Niagara
offers you the unique opportunity to connect nature to history. The fort and historic attraction is situated at the head of the Niagara River, and you can enjoy the river's inviting natural beauty as you learn about the fort's tri-cultural history. Originally held by the French in 1678, the fort ended up being a major strategic point for both the British and Americans. As you walk through the grounds, see several vintage structures, the oldest of which dates back to 1726. If you visit during the summer, there are various special events that are on the schedule, with a musket firing demonstration being one of the most popular.
Address: 1 Maintenance Avenue, Fort Niagara State Park,
Youngstown, NY 14174 - MAP
Phone: (716) 745-7611
As Lake Erie is in such close proximity to Buffalo, get a little closer to its natural beauty by taking a Buffalo Harbor Tour
. Not only is it a way to enjoy the area's natural charm but you'll also learn quite a bit about the area's history. Learn about the area's water trafficking economy and take in several attractions and landmarks, including Old Fort Erie and Black Rock Lock. The vessel, "Miss Buffalo II," regularly departs from the dock at 79 Marine Drive.
Address: 79 Marine Drive, Buffalo, NY 14202 - MAP
Phone: (716) 856-6696
One of the city's most triumphant fixtures on the landscape is the Niagara Mohawk Building
. The structure's classic design only makes this 294-foot tall skyscraper even more awe-inspiring. Built in 1912, it is still considered to be one of Buffalo's most beautiful sights. Among the attraction's many notable points, the glazed terracotta tower and regal design makes it even more striking when it is lit up among Buffalo's evening skyline.
Address: 535 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 - MAP
Phone: (716) 832-2400