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After undergoing a remarkable transformation in recent years, the city of Buffalo, New York is a cultural hotspot—home to art galleries, a burgeoning craft beer scene, and dotted with architectural gems throughout its historic neighborhoods. Add Niagara Falls, one of the most beautiful and iconic state parks in the US, to your trip and you can't go wrong! Here's what you need to know for your visit to the Greater Niagara region.


Redeveloped from its glory days as the western terminus of the Erie Canal, Canalside hosts more than 1,000 annual events—from summertime concerts and festivals to recreation like ice skating and ice bikes in the winter. Endless fun awaits along this scenic waterfront—try rock climbing at Buffalo RiverWorks, kayaking on the Buffalo River, or sailing on the Spirit of Buffalo. Don't miss a selfie with the iconic sculpture, Shark Girl.

Darwin D. Martin House

Constructed between 1903 and 1905 for a wealthy local businessman, the Darwin D. Martin House is ranked as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's finest residential works. The home and grounds completed a two-decades-long restoration in 2019 so now is the time to tour the grounds of the complex and gawk at the attention to detail of this architectural master.

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Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours & Niagara Jet Adventures

Go from zero to pure adrenaline on a fully guided whitewater tour through Class V rapids of the Niagara River. Each of these tours offers a pulse-pounding way to get an up-close view of the Niagara Gorge that is as thrilling as it is breathtaking.

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum at Canalside

Founded on the principle that play is essential to growth, health and above all, fun, this world-class museum brings joy to learning through interactive exhibits and programs. Learn more about the story of Buffalo in seven play zones: learn about the agricultural history of the city, see how locks work, and take in the stunning city skyline view from the fourth-floor terrace.

Buffalo Zoo

The third-oldest zoo in the US and home to exotic, endangered, and local wildlife, the Buffalo Zoo is a must for all animal lovers. Enhance your experience by feeding the giraffes or attending a behind-the-scenes tour of the rhino barn. Daily programming includes gorilla feedings, sheep parades, and animal keeper talks about sloths, sea lions, Komodo dragons, and more.

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Buffalo Museum of Science

Exploring natural history and life sciences, this museum's immersive exhibits promote family fun and interactive learning. This award-winning museum has experiences perfect for everyone: record your own weather forecast, take in a film about our world in the National Geographic 3D Cinema, learn about health and wellness in the Explore YOU exhibit, and design your own building.

Smell the floral aroma at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (pictured), a living museum hosting gardens, exotic plants, and exhibits. Spend time exploring the 11.4 acres filled with tropical plants across three glass domes and nine greenhouses.

Visit the Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve , a nature preserve and quarry, to collect and keep fossils from the shallow ocean environment that formed 380 million years ago.

Refresh with a craft beverage at Resurgence Brewing Company , pouring a wide selection of creative brews like their signature IPA and Blood Orange Saison. Pair your beer with one of their artisan pizzas, burritos, or their meat and cheese board, and enjoy your night in Buffalo.

Enjoy breakfast at Betty's , a charming eatery displaying local art and serving up creative cuisine with an international flair.

Spend the day exploring Allentown , one of Buffalo's many eclectic, historic neighborhoods known for its community of artists, local boutiques, and antique shops. The annual Allentown Art Festival , started in 1958, is a must if you're in town that June weekend.

Catch a Broadway show at Shea's Performing Arts Center (pictured), a handsome 1920's venue that was designed like a European opera house. It's one of Buffalo's flagship landmarks and hosts musical artists from around the world.

The region features a dream convergence of climate and soil that makes it ideal for winemaking. And with more than 22 wineries (including Arrowhead Spring Vineyards , pictured), breweries, and cideries to explore on the Niagara Wine Trail, USA , there is something to delight every palate.

Situated near the banks of Lake Ontario, Black Willow Winery offers wine and chocolate pairings, or sample from their award-winning lineup of mead. If you are more of a beer drinker, head to Live Edge Brewing Company . The brewery offers unique craft beers and a creative menu.

Browse the Lakeview Village Shoppes , a collection of quaint and colorful village shops nestled on the boardwalk in Olcott Beach.


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