Buffalo Travel Guide & Information
New York’s second largest city, Buffalo, borders and shares the great spectacle of the Niagara Falls with Canada where thousands of visitors marvel at these towering falls day and night. There are a plethora of attractions here in Buffalo that will suit the different needs of each individual visitors – from outdoor and nature enthusiasts to the contemplative-art-lovers.
During the winter months, Buffalo turns into a winter wonderland for the skiers and snowboarders, due to the fact that Buffalo has one of the highest snowfall rates in the country. Whether you are into sight-seeing, exquisite dining and fine arts, Buffalo will offer you a memorable experience no matter your interests and personality.
Things to do in Buffalo
Niagara Falls State Park: Take a journey through Niagara Falls, located between the border of Buffalo and Canada, to witness the most mesmerizing vision. Be part of an Herbal Essence commercial, and join the hordes of visitors from throughout the world that travel all the way to Buffalo every year – for the gripping experience of witnessing the towering and cascading falls of Niagara Falls from above, and the rejuvenating feeling of fresh mist billowing against the skin while aboard the Maid of the Mist. Luckily, it is free to observe the Niagara Falls from above, but there is an admission fare to hop aboard the Maid of the Mist. General Admission for Maid of the Mist [contact information: 1-716-284-8897]: Adults ($13.50); Kids [6-12]($7.85); Kids [5 & Under](Free). DISCRETION* the Maid of the Mist is only available during the warmer months.
Address: The Niagara Falls State Park is located at Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY in Buffalo.
Contact Information: 1-716-218-1796
Buffalo Zoological Gardens: Pay a visit to the Buffalo Zoo where your will encounter many exotic mammals, endangered reptiles, beautiful birds, and wicked amphibians in a very family oriented environment. Buffalo Zoo is part of a chain of zoo’s who are recognized for their conservation efforts of endangered species; for example, Buffalo Zoo recently transferred, Kwizera, an endangered western lowland gorilla, to the Memphis Zoo for a breeding loan. The zoos joint efforts will hopefully take the western lowland gorilla of the endangered species list. General Admission: Adults ($9.50); Seniors [63+]($7); Kids [2-14]($6); Kids [under 2](FREE).
Address: 300 Parkside Avenue.
Contact Information: 1-716-837-3900
Albright-Knox Art Gallery: This contemporary museum houses some of the world’s finest art pieces – from the artworks of legendary Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and many more. The art pieces ranges from abstract sculptures to famous paintings. Their exhibitions are constantly changing, some lasting a month while others last longer, you can find their current line-up on their site.
Address: 1285 Elmwood Avenue.
Contact Information: 1-716-882-8700
The Left Bank: This chic downtown restaurant lavishes itself in its decadent atmosphere as it captures you with its romantic allure and teasing blends of mouth- watering aroma. Dip your complimentary beef tenderloin, foccacia points, portobello fries and asparagus spears in a gorgonzola cheese fondue. Select a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of fine wines – from the M. Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Founders Estate Napa, red wine, to the Robert Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc 1999 Stags Leap District, white wine.
Address: 511 Rhode Island Street.
Contact Information: 1-716-882-3509
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar: Buffalo City, famous for its buffalo wings…how ironic! Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar famous for serving you the juicy and delicious Buffalo City wings…what a cliché, seeing that they named themselves Buffalo Wild Wings. This place does the unnecessary when you read its sauce menu, but a vital necessity when you munch on its wings – offers a selection of 14 sauces to go with your wings – from your regular Sweet BBQ sauce to your unusual Mango Habanero sauce!
Address: 2017 Elmwood Avenue.
Contact Information: 1-716-876-9464
Buffalo’s nightlife is definitely not similar to NYC’s nightlife. However, what Buffalo’s night scene has to offer is quaint bars and pubs that you can find throughout the city where you can have a nice winter lager or stout. Look around for music clubs where you can chill to the live performance of a local band. Practically, in Buffalo, there are clubs and bars that will suit the taste and style of the different and unique individuals – from hardcore metal lovers, unplugged performances, meatheads, business professionals, and many more.
Where to Stay in Buffalo
Hyatt Regency: Starting at around $129 per night (stay for 2), check into a luxurious, elegant and sophisticated paradise located in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Its contemporary design features sleek tile flooring throughout the lobby, a sophisticated and professional interior design, and a seductive level of lighting that offers the guest a romantic atmosphere. Its amenities consists of contemporary rooms with flat screen TVs, the Atrium Bar and Bistro, the exquisite E.B. Green’s Steakhouse, executive rooms for business meetings, and many more.
Address: Two Fountain Plaza in Buffalo.
Contact Information: 1-716-856-1234
Adam’s Mark Hotel & Resort: Starting at around $119 per night (stay for 2), pamper yourself in this waterfront hotel in the center of Buffalo’s business district. It is walking distance from most of the major attractions in Buffalo and only 20 minutes away from Niagara Falls. From the moment you approach the hotel marvel at the sight of the extravagant fountain, glide your way through the sleek marble splashes through the tiles and furnishings, and check into the comforts of your room or suite.
Address: 120 Church Street.
Contact Information: 1-800-444-4326
Doubletree Club Buffalo: Starting at around $109 per night (stay for 2), you will be located in the heart of downtown Buffalo near the city’s major attraction – such as, Albright-Knox Art Museum (2.8mi), Buffalo Museum of Science (1.6mi), Bit Orbit Gallery (2.1mi), and very near Niagara Falls. Its amenities feature a pleasant view of the Buffalo skyline, a panoramic view of a canal, sophisticated furnishings, and a fitness center.
Address: 125 High Street.
Contact Information: 1-716-845-0112
Comfort Suites Downtown: Starting at around 109.99 per night (stay for 2), Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Niagara Falls and Buffalo Zoo will just be a short walking or driving distance away. It is in the vicinity of all major the major district in Buffalo – from the business district to the theatre and entertainment districts.
Address: 601 Main Street.
Contact Information: 1-716-854-5500
Passport & Visa Requirements
For US Citizens:
Any sort of valid identification (Identification card) in order to board the plane. Note, passport is not needed if you have a identification card to show.
For Non-US Citizens:
* Passport will be needed
* Non-immigrant visa for temporary stay must be obtained showing your purpose to U.S.
For Canadians: (just one will be needed)
* Passport will be needed
* Nexus Card
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*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Buffalo
This winter wonderland, Buffalo, has always been a famous winter escape for all the winter sport enthusiasts with all its snow-powder-covered mountains slopes and its exotic ski resorts. During the winter, Buffalo’s hotel and airfares tend to rise as the influx of winter season vacationers become greater. Therefore, if you’re into all the family-fun loving winter sports, then come to Buffalo during the winter season. However, if you are an outdoor enthusiast then come during the spring and summer (off-peak seasons) when you can witness Buffalo’s beautiful outdoor sceneries – from its mountain, rivers, canals and scenic views of Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes.
Average Annual Temperature: 47.7 Degrees
Average Max Temperature: 55.8 Degrees
Average Min. Temperature: 39.5 Degrees
December – February: 25.7 Degrees
March – May: 45.2 Degrees
June – August: 68.7 Degrees
September – November: 51.2 Degrees
Average Rainfall (inches/year): 38.6 inches
Currency and Language:
The main language spoken in Buffalo is English.
* Indo-European languages
* Asian or Pacific Island languages