Buffalo Tourist Attractions

Tourism is a significant sector in Buffalo’s economy. The nearby Niagara Falls alone brings in over $2 billion annually to the local economy. Whether tourists are looking for family-oriented attractions or historical landmarks, this city has it all.

Buffalo: Guided Family Walking Tour

The Buffalo guided walking tour is a family-friendly activity with a professional guide. It explores the city’s most famous cultural and architectural sites.

Guests will not only learn its history but also get the chance to walk around the historic Canalside Inner Harbor, Elmwood Village, Allentown, Hertel Avenue, and South Buffalo, among others.

Guided tours start from Buffalo City Hall.

Niagara Falls, USA: American Tour & Maid of The Mist

The Niagara Falls on a half-day tour will take tourists to the world-famous Maid of The Mist boat ride, the Cave of the Winds adventure, and a visit to the historic Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls Observation Tower, Goat Island, Luna Island, Terrapin Point, Three Sisters Islands, and Whirlpool State Park.

Pickup is available at selected hotels in Niagara Falls, USA. Tourists are required to bring their Passport or ID card at all times.

This activity stays in the USA and does not go into Canada. Tourists coming from Canada will need a passport to enter the USA. Pickup locations are available in Niagara Falls, New York State only.

Buffalo Zoo

Address: 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214

Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the seventh oldest zoo in the United States. Today, it welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors annually.

Located on 24 acres of property, Buffalo's Delaware Park has a collection of adopted animals from different parts of the world, such as Africa, Asia, and North America, among others.

The zoo has been well-known for its live animal presentations. It is an ideal educational facility for kids and adults alike. Visitors can also tour the grounds and help feed the animals while also getting to interact with them.

The Buffalo Zoo is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm except for Veterans Day, November 11, and holiday break, December 20 – 31. Walk-up admissions are accepted at the Buffalo Zoo. No reservation time is required.

Admission Tickets:

  • Regular (13-64 years old): $15.00
  • Seniors (65 years and above): $13.00
  • Children (2-12 years old): $11.00
  • Children (23 months and below): Free

A parking fee of $5.00 - $10.00 is collected upon exiting from the property.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Address: 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the world's most prestigious art institutions. It has been in operation since 1905 and has thousands of artwork pieces within its walls. The museum is in a historic building designed by famed architects Augustus Saint Gaudens and Edward Brodhead Green.

In 1978, it represented the United States at the 28th Venice Biennale. In 1988, the museum organized the exhibition representing the United States again in Venice.

It is an intriguing place to explore because there are so many priceless pieces of artwork that are often missed or overlooked. Tourists can explore the rich collection of contemporary and modern paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and many more.

Notable artwork exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery includes paintings from Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Frida Kahlo, and Alexander Rodchenko, among others.

  • Admission Tickets: $6:00–$12:00

The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.

Niagara Falls Boat Tours

Niagara Falls Boat Tours is a 20-minute tour that will take visitors to breathtaking views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Admission Tickets:

  • 13 years and above: CAD$31.25 (US$25.00)
  • 6-12 years old: CAD$21.25 (US$17.00)
  • 2 years old and below: Free

Canalside Buffalo

Address: 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Canalside Buffalo is a waterfront district used for many community events. It covers the expanse between the street and the Buffalo River and is free and open to the public. This destination is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts because the path is lined with benches and provides a scenic walk along the water.

Built in 1825, the Erie Canal Harbor served as the terminal goods and passengers from the East Coast across the Great Lakes. Today, the waterfront is a place of growth and opportunity. It is a place where families come to enjoy the summer and experience the water. In winter, the frozen canals transform into ice rinks.

There are many tourist attractions found in the area including, Explore & More Children's Museum. The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park nearby features battleships USS The Sullivans, USS Little Rock, and USS Croaker.

Several entertainment venues, including KeyBank Center, First Niagara Center, and The Rinks are all near the canal.

Niagara Falls State Park

Address: 332 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Niagara Falls State Park is home to the well-known and beautiful Niagara Falls. It is the largest state park in New York and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

It is a beautiful and unique spot to enjoy nature. Visitors can also enjoy hiking and biking, or one can take a picnic at the park.

This public park is home to different landscapes and scenic views with waterfalls, forested areas, and open meadows. One of its most popular destinations is the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, where visitors can learn about the power and beauty of water and erosion in the American landscape.

In 2019, more than 9 million tourists visited Niagara Falls State Park. It's always free to walk into Niagara Falls State Park 365 days a year.

Aquarium of Niagara

Address: 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

One of the most magnificent places that Niagara Falls has to offer is the Aquarium of Niagara. It is a state-of-the-art facility with a mission to educate visitors about the importance of the Niagara Frontier.

The goal of this attraction is to teach about the history, environment, and inhabitants of this freshwater ecosystem.

They want to preserve and protect the work of engineers, water purveyors, naturalists, ecologists, teachers, astronomers, architects, astronomers, geologists, musicians, photographers, poets, artisans, doctors, veterinarians, nurses, chemists, biologists, engineers, animal specialists, environmentalists, and many other professions.

The aquarium has many attractions that are sure to please your family. These attractions include a rainforest room and water exhibits that simulate the various habitats of the rainforest. There is always something new to learn at the Aquarium of Niagara.

The facility is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission counters are closed 30 minutes before 5 pm.

Admission Tickets:

  • Adults (13 years and above): $19.95
  • Seniors (60 years and above): $17.95
  • Children (3-12 years old): $14.95
  • Infants (2 years old and below): Free

The parking fee ranges from $5 to $20.

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