Buffalo is just one of the...
Buffalo is just one of the greatest all around cities in America. Who cares if it is in an economic decline? Money doesn't make the city. People, history, nature, and resources do. Buffalo has it all. 320,000 may be the actual statistic attributed to Buffalo's population, compared with 500,000+ a few decades ago. The statistic that you don't get is that there is well over 1,000,000 citizens in the metropolitan area. People moved a few miles to the north, south, west, and east. Big deal. These 1,000,000 people are some of the best on earth. They bring the charecter to the region, they are its spine. The quality of life in the Buffalo region is amazing. You may hear about the people that move out because of the economic situation, but you never hear about the die hard people that rather raise there families on good old Buffalo ethics and moral than go elsewhere for a little bit more green. This is the place to LIVE. Buffalo boasts so many amneties for its vistors, so much more for its children. Weather? Hot summers, beautiful autums, pleasent spring, and adventerous and exciting winters. You have every season to the fullest degree. Nothing can shape you like perfect seasons, the way they were meant to be, can. That old cliche about Buffalo and winter is getting tiresome now. Time to know that we're four seasons to the fullest extent and proud of it. So much can be read and heard about Buffalo, but you'll never know the truth untill you experience it for yourself. Everyday.
Wings? Try Beef on weck.
O.k., while everyone knows that Buffalo is famous for its wings, beef on weck has somehow slipped through the cracks. It's not that it isn't good -- these sandwiches are fantastic, it's just that kummelweck rolls (hard rolls with caraway and salt) don't travel, so the sandwiches really haven't been produced anywhere else. If you go to Buffalo, you've got to try a beef on weck at some time during your stay. And please don't put anything on the sandwich other than a nice glob of horseraddish. Trust me. The three best places to get one are Charlie the Butcher's Kitchen, Schwabl's and Anderson's.
789 Center Road
West Seneca (Buffalo), NY
Charlie the Butcher's Kitchen
1065 Wehrle Drive
Williamsville (Buffalo), NY
Anderson's has nine locations around, so I've stuck their website at the bottom.
Always bring plenty of film and a camera that you're comfortable with. You'll want to get some great photos of Niagara Falls. This is a picture of the Maid of the Mist, a tour boat that takes you very close to the base of the falls. Prepare to get wet!
nicest people on earth
We aren't called the City of Good Neighbors for nothing. The people are willing to help with anything!
So if you want to go off the beaten path in Buffalo...
1. Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park NY
So much fun! Great sledding, cross country skiing in the winter. In the summer, you can roll down the sledding hill, hike up and down the ravines, go down the 100 Steps, or play in the playground!
2. The Naval Park in the city
I used to go here all the time with my family. There are 2 naval ships and a submarine. You can go onboard and walk around, see what it was like to be a sailor on one!
3. Letchworth State Park
GORGEOUS! In the summer it is hot and you can take a white water rafting ride. The Glen Iris Inn is great to eat or view the museum foe the history of Letchworth.
5. Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine in Lackawanna, NY
The church is gorgeous on the inside and out. A tribute to Father Baker's work. One of the hidden gems in the Buffalo Area!
6. The St. Patricks Day Parade in the city
Such a great way to spend St. Patrick's Day, which is a big deal in predominantly Irish South Buffalo. Bring the kids to watch the Irish Dancers or go out afer for a drink in one of Buffalo's great bars.
7.Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Totally free. Created by Frederick Law Olmsted, a gorgeous collection of flowers. Even has a waterfall!
8. Eden, NY
One of the cutest little towns in NY! Visit in early August to catch the Eden Corn Festival. It is a great little fair to take the kids to! The Kazoo Factory is so fun to for the kids and all the little gifts they sell are inexpensive!
9. Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY
Also in early August, this is the second largest county fari in the country. Lots of fun childrens rides and AMAZING food stands. You might even catch the daily parade- the highlight of which is the Fair Band, made up of local high schoolers.
Chestnut Ridge park (Eternal Flame)
If you are interested in seeing an amazing sight then you need to check out the eternal flame at chestnut ridge park.
First of all, the park is know as a running Mecca. Numerouns trails for hiking and running. It also has a great view of the city of buffalo and if you are their late you will witness an eye catching sunset. The ridge also has ski hills and pavilions if you are interested in a picnic or relaxing day at the park.
My personal favorite at chestnut is the eternal flame.
You park at Seufert Road. Follow the trail head marked by Blue Trail marked made of blue wooden blocks. This trail is a 1.3 mile out and back that winds through the woods and ends at the base of a waterfall. In the water fall there is a flame that burns from natural gas escaping from the rocks. It is an awesome sight.
LOCATION OF THE PARK
6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd. Orchard Park NY, 14127.
Seufert Road near intersection of Chestnut ridge road (Rt 277)
Baseball, Bicycling, Concession, Handicap Facilities, Hiking Trails, Picnic Facilities, Skiing - X-Country (*Tow Rope), Skiing - Downhill, Sledding Snowmobiling, Softball, Tennis, Toboganning Chutes
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