This collection is a list of University at Buffalo websites, local Buffalo area self-care resources, and things to do in the Buffalo-Niagara region.
There are many great things to do in Western New York: great restaurants, movies, nightclubs, music, craft, and food festivals, plays and concerts, and more. Below are some leisure activities that you might consider including in your your self-care.
Below are a few recommendations from our team:
Delaware Park in Buffalo
A beautiful park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Below are some of these things that you can do within Delaware Park.
Buffalo and Erie County
2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 716-696-3555
Beautiful gardens you can enjoy any time of year with a wide range of plants and flowers. There are classes, special events, holiday programs and more. Open all year.
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 716-896-5200 X 338 or 716-825-6397
Operated by the Buffalo Museum of Science, a 264 acre nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. Consists of ponds, marshes and woodlands for bird watching, fishing, snowshoe rental and cross-country skiing.
Woodlawn Beach State Park
S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, NY 716-826-1930
Great place for a fall walk along the lake on the one mile long sand beach. A nature center/bathhouse complex with exhibits about the park’s natural history is connected to the beach by an interpretive nature boardwalk through the wooded wetlands.
31 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 716-655-0261
Original “Arts & Crafts” campus has events, walking tours July-September, and a craft shop, restaurant and inn
The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall
11199 Main Street, Clarence, NY
Food, spooky haunted house, Boo Barn, amusement rides, hayrides, pumpkins and more
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway #1, Buffalo, NY 716-896-5200
Multiple programs for adults and kids, special exhibits, 400 seat 3-D auditorium, hands-on exhibits, the most complete record of life of the greater Niagara Region along with exhibits on space, dinosaurs, life in ancient Egypt, gems and more. Open all year.
Forest Lawn Cemetery
1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 716-885-1600
Beautiful 269-acre cemetery is on the State and National registers of historic places. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1849, it includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blue Sky Mausoleum. It is the final resting place of famous African Americans Mary B. Talbert and Reverend J. Edward Nash, as well as President Millard Fillmore and Seneca Nation orator Red Jacket. Guided tours in summer; open year round.
Route 240, Colden, NY
Skiing, snow boarding, tubing, lessons, food, bar, music
Rotary Ice Skating
40 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 716-856-3150
Free skating located at the corner of Main and Chippewa Streets in Fountain Plaza, concession and skate rental counters
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Open year round
Buffalo Museum of
Open year round
1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 716-882-8700
Modern and contemporary art, art from different styles and cultures, gift shop, tours, library, restaurant. Open year round
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Buffalo State College 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 716-878-6011
Artwork by artists from the Buffalo, Niagara and Western New York area; special events, and educational programming. Open year round.
Broadway Market Christmas Food
First Night Buffalo
Many free downtown Buffalo events with great fireworks at midnight
Christmas in the Country Craft Show
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY 716-648-9733
Early November annual craft show voted one of the best in the country with hundreds of vendors and artisans
Knox Farm State Park
437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora, NY 716-655-7200
Former country estate of Knox family, scenic trails, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, farm animals, Audubon tours
Vidler’s 5 & 10 Store
676-694 Main St, East Aurora, NY 716-452-0481
Nostalgic country variety store with an enormous variety of merchandise in the center of lovely East Aurora
Plantasia: Artistry in
Agri-Center and Expo Building
Erie County Fairgrounds
5600 McKinley Parkway
Gardening and landscape show featuring theme gardens, free education seminars, children’s discovery center, and market
Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military
1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 716-847-1773
All branches of the Armed Forces are represented in this Buffalo waterfront attraction. Tours of decks and hulls of missile cruisers, destroyers and WWII submarines are available as well as planes, tanks, uniforms and other military artifacts.
Museum Of Temple Beth Zion
805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 716-836-6565
The temple houses a magnificent collection of more than a thousand Judaic artifacts dating from 10th Century to the present on display in three rooms.
Elmwood @ Bidwell
999 Broadway - Buffalo, NY 14212
8am-1pm locally produced fruits, flowers, veggies
Holland Tulip Festival
Games, food, entertainment
The US side of the Falls has many attractions including helicopter rides over the Falls, site-seeing tours, casino, tours, and even a wedding chapel. Below are some of the main attractions.
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