Historic Buffalo

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Historic Buffalo

About a 20-minute drive from the wonders of Niagara Falls, Buffalo is filled with history, fun, and wonders of its own. Discover this waterfront city’s fascinating heritage amid treasures of art and architecture. in Victorian gardens, on scenic Lake Erie cruises, and even while tasting local food specialties.Day OneAllentown National Preservation DistrictStroll through this historic neighborhood, where you can shop for antiques, see grand historic homes along Delaware Avenue, and tour the mansion now called the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. At this site, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as President in 1901, after the assassination of President McKinley. Hear about Roosevelt’s frantic, all-night ride to Buffalo from his peaceful cabin on Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks, and discover how events here changed history.Buffalo/Erie County Naval and Military ParkLearn about World War II and other military history aboard a battleship.

The USS The Sullivans, named for five brothers who lost their lives in the battle of the Solomon Islands, is displayed on the city’s lakefront with the USS Little Rock, USS Croaker, and an array of aircraft and military vehicles. Take a tour to explore these ships that now serve as exciting museums of history and technology, as well as memorials honoring those who served.Buffalo BisonsFrom April to early September, you can take part in one of Buffalo’s favorite sports traditions. Head over to historic Dunn Tire Park and take in a (AAA) baseball game. Stay for the post-game fireworks on Friday nights.Anchor BarFor a fun evening, stop by and taste the famous Buffalo wings in the place where Teressa Bellissimo cooked up the original recipe. Try the popular Beef on a Weck sandwich—another Buffalo original—as well as other regional specialties here and in restaurants and bars throughout the city.Day TwoDelaware ParkBuffalo’s historic parks system was created by one of the world’s foremost landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted.

Delaware Park’s meadows, lake, and rose gardens provide perfect scenery for a morning stroll. If you visit between June and mid-August, check out the Shakespeare in the Park series that delights an average of 50,000 patrons annually.Buffalo and Erie County Botanical GardensHead to South Park, also designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and step into the past amid the Victorian gardens. Any season of the year, you can stroll through a crystal palace–the 1897 glass-domed conservatory—filled with exotic tropical plants and a 27-foot waterfall.Buffalo Harbor CruisesSee the city from a unique vantage point.

History tours on the Miss Buffalo II highlight architectural landmarks, Lake Erie, the Buffalo and Niagara rivers, and the Erie Canal.Shea’s Performing Arts CenterLocated in Buffalo’s Theatre District that includes 14 professional theaters, Shea’s presents Broadway shows, concerts and other performing arts in an opulent 1926 opera house. The Kavinoky Theatre, a 1908 Victorian playhouse, is another of the city’s many architectural gems.Day ThreeFrank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin HouseTake a tour of the Darwin Martin House complex, one of Buffalo’s best-known landmarks that now serves as a museum. Masterpieces like this home created by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as others by renowned architects such as H.H. Richardson and Louis Sullivan, make Buffalo a living architectural museum.Albright-Knox Art GallerySee some of the world’s finest modern and contemporary art in one of the oldest galleries in North America (founded in 1862).

This is the most famous of Buffalo’s more than 50 art galleries. Exhibits include paintings and sculpture by 20th-century Abstract Expressionists, like Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, as well as works dating back to the mid-1800s by artists such as Monet and Renoir. On Thursday and Friday nights, the Muse stays open until 10 pm for cocktails and casual dining surrounded by artwork from the permanent collection.Burchfield-Penny Art CenterAt this brand-new museum, just across the street from the Albright Knox, you can experience Western New York’s history through watercolor paintings by former Buffalo resident, Charles Burchfield, as well as exhibits on regional architecture and fine art and crafts.

The collection spans the late 1800s through today. Highlights include the art from the Roycroft Community, a center of the American Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s, and works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley, and Susan Rothenberg.Broadway MarketHead to Buffalo’s East Side to sample local treats like pierogi, Polish stuffed dumplings, and powdered pastry known as crusciki at one of the oldest public markets in the nation. You’ll find Old-world style bakeries, butcher shops and poultry stands, as well as fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Pick up some tasty treats for your ride home.