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Vacation in Buffalo Niagara - New York

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Area Overview

Buffalo has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, from a redeveloped waterfront and revitalized neighborhoods to a burgeoning craft beer scene and over $1 billion in new investment. Like architecture? Visit seven Frank Lloyd Wright structures, stroll through Frederick Law Olmsted parks and stay in a grand hotel designed by the AIA’s first female architect.

Enjoy art and entertainment? Spend the morning with Andy Warhol at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the afternoon with a Broadway show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the evening with the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Looking for something more casual? Catch a Bills, Sabres or Bisons game. Go shopping in trendy Elmwood Village. Take in the scene at Canalside or Larkin Square. Or check out Niagara Falls. (Yes, THAT Niagara Falls!)

History buff? Relive where President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office. Step on board a river cruise into the city’s industrial past. Or discover the formative years of an American television icon at the Buffalo History Museum.

From family fun, festivals and events to restaurants, nature, recreation and nightlife you’ll have plenty to choose from in Buffalo Niagara.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Most Western New Yorkers are passionate about where they come from. That spirit and sense of place is evident in the loyal, dedicated fanbase of Buffalo’s sports teams – the NFL’s Bills, NHL’s Sabres, NLL’s Bandits and AAA Bisons. But it’s also present in our year-round embrace of the region’s scenic splendor, from hiking the Niagara Gorge, fishing Lake Erie and kayaking Buffalo’s waterfront in the summer to skiing, tubing, sledding and tobogganing in the winter.

Whether it’s an all-day tailgating and football bonanza at Ralph Wilson Stadium, a weekend of strolling through the largest garden walking tour in the United States, or a season pass to a 35,000 square foot outdoor skating rink downtown, Buffalonians go big or go home; they love to make the most out of life.

Cultural Activities

"I had no idea.” We often hear that from visitors who spend a weekend listening to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall, seeing a touring Broadway production in the opulent Shea’s Performing Arts Center or enjoying nightlife in bars, clubs, classic taverns and live music venues downtown and throughout Buffalo.

Indeed, Buffalo has many of the entertainment and nightlife options of a larger city at a fraction of the price. From performing arts and playhouses to comedy clubs and casinos, we have all sorts of ways to have fun in the Queen City.


Back when Buffalo was a fast growing 19th century boom town, a decision was made that would forever change the city—town planners called in legendary landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, to design our parks and parkways. Buffalo has been running on flower power ever since; the city’s parks and gardens have helped sow the seeds of its rebirth. In fact, each year, Buffalo hosts the nation’s largest private garden walk with over 400 gardens, Garden Walk Buffalo, as part of the six-week-long Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara. And a proper flora tour would not be complete without a visit to the expansive Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

For those looking for something wilder, Letchworth State Park and the Tifft Nature Preserve are nearby. Or hike to the eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge, venture to beautiful Akron Falls or camp, cycle or cross-country ski at Sprague Brook – all beautifully maintained county parks. No nature lover could leave town with a clear conscience without having visited the state’s largest Beech tree in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. But if nothing less than a natural wonder will do, Niagara Falls State Park never disappoints, while downriver, Devil’s Hole State Park offers stunning views of the Niagara Gorge.


Several modes of transportation exist to shuttle you between destinations and even to Niagara Falls.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  17.8  24.4  31.1  3.2 "
 February  18.6  25.9  33.2  2.4 "
 March  26.1  34.3  42.5  3.0 "
 April  36.4  45.3  54.1  3.0 "
 May  47.7  57.0  66.4  3.4 "
 June  56.9  65.8  74.8  3.8 "
 July  62.1  70.8  79.6  3.1 "
 August  60.5  69.2  77.8  3.9 "
 September  52.9  61.5  70.1  3.8 "
 October  42.6  50.8  58.9  3.2 "
 November  33.7  40.2  46.7  3.9 "
 December  23.6  29.8  36.0  3.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

Summer is perfect for beach-going, festivals, and waterfront activities. Fall foliage pops when the native trees change color. A wonderland awaits in winter and the cooler temperatures are suitable for nearly all winter activities. And with an abundance of gardens and parks, Buffalo blooms in the spring.


From world-class hotels to rustic camping accommodations, the Buffalo Niagara region is perfect for any vacation.


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