While Buffalo might be best known for its epic snowstorms, that shouldn’t keep you from spending time in this city. Buffalo, New York is a vibrant small city that has found a true resurgence in the last few years.

Now, it’s becoming a destination for many who enjoy everything from incredible architecture to sports and yes, even wings. 

In this post, we’re going to give you a guide to everything you need to know about Buffalo. 

Getting There

Buffalo is the second largest city in all of New York, and it’s about as far away from Manhattan as you can get. It’s all the way on the Westernmost part of New York on the Canadian border. 

Interstate 90, the highway that runs across the country, also hits Buffalo before veering south along Lake Erie into Pennsylvania

Buffalo is just under 2 hours from Toronto, Canada, and less than four and a half hours from Albany, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. 

Things to Do

Niagara Falls

American side of Niagra falls NY USA. Tourists enjoying beautiful view to Niagra Falls during hot sunny summer day.

The most popular thing to do in Buffalo is to take in Niagara Falls, which is a few miles north of downtown. The falls combine three waterfalls on the international border between the US and Canada and are a natural wonder. 

Martin House

Buffalo is known for having all sorts of great architecture. The first place many buffs go to is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Martin House. Online you can sign up for a guided tour of the complex and surrounding area.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

If you think you won’t be able to visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens during the winter, think again. The huge buildings and glass dome of this garden lover’s dream is open year round. You’ll be able to tour and see some different exotic plant species. 

Canalside District

Buffalo has a long history as a city that was a center of industry. A big part of that is due to the canals that run alongside the town. The former canal area has been revamped into the Canalside Historic District that includes shops, bars, restaurants, live events, and waterside walkways. 

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery was founded over 150 years ago and has been entertaining visitors and art lovers ever since. This gallery is known as one of the best spots in the world for sculptures and paintings featuring some of the greats. 

Chestnut Ridge Park

Just about 20 minutes outside of Buffalo, you’ll find Chestnut Ridge Park; What makes this part special is its Eternal Flame. Take a day hike to the falls, and you’ll see this flame glowing, its one of only a few natural gases seeps in the world. 

Buffalo Zoological Gardens

Siberian tiger in a zoo

The Buffalo Zoological Gardens is the third oldest in the country and has been around for over 140 years. This zoo focuses on conservation and education and features animals from all over the world. There’s also an interactive discovery center, a children’s zoo, and some rides.

Have Fun in Buffalo!

Spend any time at all in Buffalo, and you’ll see why so many people think this city is truly a hidden gem. It’s a great destination to enjoy activities all year round. Be sure to check out our sister site, HotelCoupons.com, for the best hotel deals in the area.