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Buffalo Things to Do

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House...

    America's most famous and loved architect built a house in Buffalo for Darwin Martin. You get the opportunity to see this labour of love. Many people have worked lovingly to restore and rebuild this special treasure. It is worth a visit. At least have a look at the website. Tours can be pre-booked. Also lookout for Wright's other most famous...

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  • Buffalo on a Sunday

    Not a lot happens Downtown on a chilly Sunday lunchtime here in Buffalo. In fact most of the bars and restaurants don't even bother opening. Wandering down to the waterfront I passed the Buffalo Naval Park and though it's not usually my thing I decided to take the self-guided tour of the ships on display.This is how I managed to (with a little...

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright/Martin Complex

    America's most famous and loved architect built a house in Buffalo for Darwin Martin. You get the opportunity to see this labour of love.Many people have worked lovingly to restore and rebuild this special treasure. It is worth a visit. At least have a look at the website. Tours can be pre-booked. Also lookout for Wright's other most famous homes...

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Buffalo Restaurants

  • Roast Beef on Weck - YUM!

    My traveling companion had heard about Schwabl's from a Food Network show. She and her husband went and loved it. So when we planned our road trip to Buffalo for shopping and eating (not necessarily in that order), Schwabl's was at the top of our list. However, we decided to wait until our last lunch to try it. It was definitely worth the wait and...

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  • Archetypal Buffalo

    If you have been through the rest of my Buffalo page then you may be a bit bored by my continuing of the "friendly folks" theme here in Buffalo. But it is, and always will be, a continuing, repetition of the same theme, much like a piece of classical music - the base theme acts to introduce the subjects, the crescendos giving the emphasis.Lunching...

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  • The Birthplace of Buffalo Wings

    This is the place that started the rave. The Anchor Bar started making hot wings years ago, and they pride themselves on being where it all started.If you order the hottest style wings, the cook will watch you eat them because very, very select few people can finish them. Hot wings, of course!

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Buffalo Nightlife

  • Nightlife or Restaurant?

    On a quiet Monday night, having just gotten back to my hotel after a lot of footwork - walking to Canada and back, I kicked my shoes, splashed my face, lay down for half-an-hour, and then went off in search of a bite to eat.Brinks looked good, being about 40 yards from my hotel, a decent selection of beers, food until late, 7 days a week - even if...

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  • It's 2 in the mornin'...

    At 2 am on a Monday night there are still people eating here and as such it could perhaps qualify as a restaurant tip, but I'll keep it as a nightlife tip for the moment.If this is Buffalo on a Monday night I'm in some ways glad that I missed it on Saturday - Monday night is lively enough for me! Lovely mix of people here at Founding Fathers,...

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  • The place to be

    The Chippewa District runs from Main St to Deleware Ave and is home to about a dozen bars and clubs. Popular with the college crowd but attracting a wide variety of ages, you can party til 4:00 am at just about any type of bar you're looking for.

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Buffalo Transportation

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport

    Visitors to Niagara Falls should use the Buffalo IA as their destination.It is also the alternative airport to arrive at when planning to visit Southern Ontario, Canada. Flying in and out of BUF is much cheaper than YYZ when flying around the US.And Toronto is only 1½ hour drive away.

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  • The Crappiest Looking Railway Station

    I suppose that I have a very European bias here in as much as rail travel is one of our main means of getting to and from A-B. I do love travelling by train and have really enjoyed all of my Amtrak journeys, but here's me stuck in Buffalo and the train is delayed by 2 hours AND there is NO BAR on the platform - Yikes!!!!!And then when the train...

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  • NFTA

    NFTA - dot com!!!This is definitely part of Buffalo trying to redifine itself, putting together modern transport links. Within downtown the Metro is free, though it doesn't go very far until it reaches the underground part. That said: an NFTA all day pass which will take you out to Niagara Falls and back and is still valid for the rest of your day...

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Buffalo Shopping

  • Create a Friend

    Build-a-Bear lets you do just that - build your own teddy bear. You select the type you want from at least a dozen different colours and types - including a koala, some dogs and cats. You can put a sound inside it - even create your own sound. Next step is the stuffing - this involves not just getting the stuffing material, but adding a heart AFTER...

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  • Shop Til You Drop... or just walk about...

    This is not A shop... it is a shopping mall. Perhaps a little more upscale than some people wish to go to, but for that reason, it can just be a great place to look around, and think of it as a modern-day museum of consumer gluttony! Personally, I don't think that you would need it, or want it, if you can't find it at Walden's Galleria!! I've...

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  • Buy a Buffalo Bills/Sabre Pin

    At every airport in america there is a gift shop to buy a souvenir of your time in Buffalo.There are all sorts of gifts to buy for yourself or your family & friends: shot glasses, buffalo toys, Billbs & saber gifts If your a mad NFL fan like me I would buy a Buffalo bills Helmet Pin. Its small, cheap & you can wear it with pride to tell people...

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Buffalo Local Customs

  • areas in Buffalo

    Buffalo is divided up into loosely bounded areas called "neighborhoods". It may not be obvious to tourist why one street is said to be in one neighborhood rather than in another but to the residents their is strong neighborhood identity and pride.Some of the areas are:Allentown... area centered around Allen Street with some of the artsy places...

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  • It Doesn't Get Any Fresher Than This!

    "Arugula is best!" "Kale is better!" "...is not!" "...is so!" Ahh, how the sounds of the Farmer's Market resonate in the organic air. I think Carol (hands on hips) has this one in the bag. Every Saturday from June 'til November the Forever Elmwood Farmer's market draws area neighbors together for everything from organic bok choy to homemade...

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  • Dyngus Day

    Buffalo has a pretty large Polish community, so naturally there's a big party fro Dyngus Day, the Monday after Easter. Basically, you go out and eat Polish food, dance the Polka, get switched with pussy willows and the girls get squirted with water from the boys (make your own joke here).I've put the Polish Community Center's phone number below,...

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Buffalo Warnings and Dangers

  • READ ME!

    alright people, i was born in raised in buffalo. as reading these there were a lot that were actually not true. the whole snow thing is very true! but the dangerous part, not so much. there are rough parts, as there are in any city. don't be scared to come here, it is not that bad. i currently go to a high school in buffalo where the most violence...

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  • watch out for opioum (drugs) dealer

    I was walking around downtown buffalo close to my hotel & a young african america started talking to me & he was saying something about opium . I had no idea what the hell he was asking for.He picked up the phone booth & started calling someone & he asked for 10& i thought he ment 10 cents. So i gave him 10 cents& he was like NO 10 dollarsSo i...

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  • Long weekends lead to traffic congestion

    We have been through Buffalo and Niagara Falls area many times, mostly during long weekends. My suggestion is that you should avoid crossing the border during peak rush hours of the long weekends. 4-6 hours of delay due traffic jams before the bridges and queue at the US Immigration is not unheard of. So plan ahead and try crossing the border at a...

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Buffalo Tourist Traps

  • The falls... worth a look, not a day

    Don't plan on making a day out of the falls; you really can see it in an hour or two. If you have the opportunity, check it out from the Canadian side -- it is more well kept. If not, walk to the edge, take your pictures (please don't jump -- there are a lot of tourists there who would be scared for life), maybe walk over to Goat Island or Three...

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  • Two Words: Clifton Hill

    Niagara Falls may be a tourist trap, but it's a necessary tourist trap. Everyone should see Niagara Falls in their lifetime, but plan only to spend one day there. Your best bet would be to park on the American side. Make sure to get on the Maid of the Mist for an up close and personal view of Mother Nature's majesty. After that you'll want to do...

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  • When visiting this area...

    When visiting this area Niagara Falls (the city) is mostly a very cheap tourist trap.The only things that are worth seeing and doing in Niagara Falls are the falls themselves and going on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Almost everything else we saw was one cheap to downright worthless attraction all along the Several block-wide 'strip', with a lot...

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Buffalo What to Pack

  • A summer visit

    Typical summer clothes - it does get warm and humid here in the summer. Buffalo is a casual town so shorts, tank tops, sandals or athletic shoes (sneakers) are fine just about anytime.For evenings, we do dress up here for the theater, orchestra or nice dinners. Wear what makes you feel good. Don't forget the sunglasses and sunscreen!

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  • A winter visit:

    If you're visiting Buffalo during the winter, you'll want to make sure that you pack gloves, a scarf, and a sweater or two. I'll just assume that you'll know to wear a warm coat or jacket and boots. We do get snow and it can be snowy, but there are plenty of sunny days in the winter when a sweater and fleece will keep you warm. Sunglasses....

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  • Even in summer, it can get cold.

    If you aren't from the north, bring something long sleeved. It can definately get chilly to out-of-towners, even in the summer. Bring a decent amount of film -- you'll probably find more interesting, photogenic stuff here than you'd expect. An appetite.

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Buffalo Off The Beaten Path

  • CN Towers B!tch, the Skyline tower.

    Observation DeckTotal height of tower frombase to top of flashing beacon 520 feet (160m), and 775 feet above the bottom of the Falls. it has an Indoor/outdoor viewing Visibility to 80 miles (129 km) HOURS OF OPERATIONOBSERVATIONSummer Hours 8:00 a.m. to MidnightWinter Hours 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION (REGULAR)Adult $9.50 CDN...

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  • White stuff.... FUN

    Welcome to New York's favorite resort for skiing and snowboarding. 53 slopes and 12 lifts, powerhouse snowmaking and grooming system, beautiful base lodges and guest rooms, spread over 1100 acres on a 750 foot vertical drop give you plenty of variety no matter what kind of skiing or riding you like. 36 slopes are open at night skiing and riding. 12...

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  • Incredible Hulks!

    When I was in grade school I remember being taught that Buffalo was the "Number One" grain handling city in America. In fact, by then Buffalo's dominance as the nation's grain capital was already on the wane. The railroads had diminished the importance of the Erie Canal and soon the St. Lawrence Seaway Project would allow the grain to by-pass...

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Buffalo Sports & Outdoors

  • Boating and sailing on the waterways

    Though our summers might not extend as long as we would like, they still provide ample opportunity for those who enjoy sailing or boating. Lake Erie and the Niagara River are a boater's paradise. From sailing regattas to weekend outings with friends, you'll find people enjoying the water.

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  • Wide right!

    Ok, we got that out before you could say it. The Buffalo Bills of the NFL provide the fans with all the excitement and disappoint they can handle. The Bills play their home games in Ralph Wilson Stadium, located in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo.Tickets aren't always easy to come by, as Buffalo loves its Bills.

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  • Play ball!

    The AAA Buffalo Bisons provide the city with summertime baseball action. Currently the farm team of the Cleveland Indians, the Bisons are an entertaining way to spend a sunny summer day. Dunn Tire Park is home to the Bisons and is located in downtown Buffalo.

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Buffalo Favorites

  • checking it out

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=BFLCH&lid=CNXCCENow you can check out the weather in Buffalo while you are on your way there.If it is winter time, don't bother looking because you know it has to be snowing.The camera is on the northwest side of the city at 2303 Kenmore...

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  • Transportation

    Never never think of take bus to hang out around buffalo city. If you came out from the airport, please take the Cab. If you are in Amherst, Williamsville or Tonawanda. My advise is, please go to SUNY-Buffalo, South campus (Opposite TOPS) station. Take the MRT to reach downtown, it save you more time and money. Unlike Chicago or NYC, Buffalo's MRT...

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  • Urbane Haven in the City's Center

    This is Hoyt Lake located in Delaware Park. This park along with many other parks and parkways make up our Olmsted Park System designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Delaware Park which covers 350 acres in the center of the city, is the largest and in my opinion the most significant. My opinion may be colored by the fact that I live about two blocks...

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