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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.

University at Buffalo Resources and Websites

Greater Buffalo Resources and Websites

Things to Do in Greater Buffalo

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.  

6/19/14
In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.
5/7/15
Our strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability are why Forbes magazine ranks Buffalo one of the top 10 U.S. cities to raise a family. The magazine also ranks Buffalo as the "No. 1 Best City for Working Mothers."
1/4/17

Buffalo is known for its snow, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that our region enjoys four distinct seasons, each remarkable in its own right.

Below are a few recommendations from our team:

Summer in Buffalo

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.

  • Shakespeare in Delaware Park
    Plays by Shakespeare have been produced for 35 seasons in the Park. There are two plays every summer, talks with the directors before the play on Tuesdays, and music before the play on Wednesdays. Free.
  • Buffalo Zoo
    300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 716-837-3900
    Accessible through Delaware Park is a great place to visit any time of the year. Some of the zoo highlights include the elephants, giraffes, polar bears, Bengel (Indian) tigers, zebras, and the snow leopards. Before you visit, check the website to see if there are any special exhibits that are rotating through.
  • Go for a jog
    Within Delaware Park there are several miles of trails that weave in and out of the park, as well as a four-mile loop around Hoyt Lake. In addition, you can jog or do sprint workouts around the track located in the park.
  • Relax with a picnic or barbeque
    There are plenty of places to sit down in Delaware Park and enjoy a bite to eat, including many picnic tables and benches. You are allowed to barbecue as well, but you must provide your own grill.
  • Join a game of baseball, tennis or basketball
    There are several baseball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts located in Delaware Park.

Autumn in Buffalo

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
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.

Roycroft Campus
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 Festival
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.

Winter in Buffalo

Kissing Bridge
Route 240, Colden, NY
Skiing, snow boarding, tubing, lessons, food, bar, music

Rotary Ice Skating Rink
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

Tifft Nature Preserve
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Buffalo Zoo
Open year round

Buffalo Museum of Science
Open year round

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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 Fair (November)
716-893-0705

First Night Buffalo
716-635-4959 
Many free downtown Buffalo events with great fireworks at midnight

Christmas in the Country Craft Show
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg Fairgrounds, 
Hamburg, NY  716-648-9733
Early November annual craft show voted one of the best in the country with hundreds of vendors and artisans

Spring in Buffalo

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 Bloom 
Agri-Center and Expo Building 
Erie County Fairgrounds 
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg,NY 
Gardening and landscape show featuring theme gardens, free education seminars, children’s discovery center, and market

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park 
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.

Cofeld Judaic 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 Farmer’s Market
716-856-4533
999 Broadway - BuffaloNY 14212
8am-1pm locally produced fruits, flowers, veggies

Holland Tulip Festival 
716-652-8444 
Games, food, entertainment

Niagara Falls

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.

  • Maid of the Mist boat rides up to the falls are lots of fun and wet, slickers provided.
  • Cave of the Winds where you can climb the stairs and be 20 feet from Bridal Falls, wet, slickers provided.
  • The Niagara Aquarium has fish and aquatic life from the Great Lakes as well as the rest of the water world.
  • Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the nation, 400 acres, trails, Cave of the Winds, islands, picnic area, visitor’s center with a movie theatre which features about the Falls, viewmoblie at Prospect Point, and gift shop.
  • Whirlpool State Park is 2.5 miles north of the Falls with amazing view of the Giant Whirlpool and powerful rapids of the Niagara River. The park has 109 acres with bike trails, picnic tables, playground, fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
  • Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is a geological museum with a 13-minute show of the history of the Gorge and the Falls, hands-on displays, and a spectacular view of the Niagara River and Gorge.

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