Buffalo NY Cruises
Buffalo New York is located directly across from Canada, on the shores of Lake Erie in Western New York at the head of the Niagara River. The city’s beautiful park landscapes were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, also famous for designing the interconnected parkways and greenscapes of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York. Buffalo is also filled with so many different architectural and historical treasures like the Erie Basin Marina, the Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Be Sure to taste a Buffalo classic known as the “Best Wings in the World” at the famous Anchor Bar, the home of the original Buffalo wing invented in 1964. Of course your visit would not be complete without visiting the region's most iconic sight: the Niagara Falls. From beautiful parks and botanical gardens, to arts and culture, amazing attractions, first class dining and nightlife Buffalo New York has plenty for all to do and see!
Things to do in Buffalo New York
BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS
Located in South Park The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are dedicated to the appreciation for plant life. This garden was created by Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of New York’s famous Central Park) for the community to enjoy and learn about living plant collections. The gardens also feature a breathtaking conservatory designed by Lord & Burnham, made from tri domed glass, steel and wood.
For more information please click here: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
ERIE BASIN MARINA
Along Buffalo’s beautiful downtown waterfront you will find The Erie Basin Marina, a premiere waterfront destination. During the summer months the maria is home to a wonderful floral garden that is home to an award winning rose garden. Throughout this public park you will enjoy the many winding waterfront walking paths, an observation tower and restaurant (The Hatch) situated with the perfect view of the waterfront with yachts and boats in the marina.
Address: 329 Erie Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S DARWIN D. MARTIN HOUSE
Planned and built in the first decade of the 20th century by the well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Darwin D Martin House is considered one of his greatest works depicting how urban living was viewed by one of the world’s most forward-thinking architects. A fine example of the Prairie House, this historic home has all of Wright’s trademark features, from the central focus on the internal hearth to the cantilevered roof, receiving National Historic Landmark status in 1986. As one of the most-visited attractions in all of Buffalo, visitors will also enjoy iconic art glass produced by the architect himself.
Address: 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, New York, Phone: 716-856-3858
THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Known as one of the most amazing moments in American history. Theodore Roosevelt became president following the tragic and shocking assassination of William McKinley. The circumstances of his unusual inauguration tested both the nation and its Constitution. This is the story of a man that was trusted into national prominence following a great tragedy. Theodore Roosevelt became one of the most influential U.S. Presidents of our time. Experience for yourself the house where Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency began, where he was sworn into office and where a legend was introduced to the world.
Address: 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Get to know Buffalo New York
- In 1825, Buffalo was chosen as the western end of the Erie Canal, connecting Great Lakes traffic with the East Coast, turning it from a village into a metropolis.
- Buffalo's public parks were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who proclaimed the city “the best planned city … in the United States, if not the world.” Olmsted is known as the father of American landscape architecture and also designed New York City's Central Park.
- American writer Mark Twain lived in Buffalo from 1869 to 1871 where he edited the Buffalo Express newspaper. Twain donated his manuscript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to the Buffalo Public Library in 1885.
- Buffalo is host to the world's oldest amateur foot race, the YMCA Turkey Trot, first held in 1896.
- In 1901, US President William McKinley was shot while visiting Buffalo's Pan-American Exhibition. At his death nine days later, Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States at the home of Buffalo resident Ansley Wilcox.
- There are more extant Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Buffalo than any other city, except Chicago.
- You have Buffalo to thank for the arch and tongue in your shoes. Manufacturer John Blocher, purveyor of shoes to the US Army, invented the modern shoe. The Blocher Mausoleum at Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery includes a statue of Blocher's son Nelson sporting a snazzy pair.
- Buffalo Chicken Wings were invented at Buffalo's Anchor Bar in 1964. You can still visit the original location and taste the magic.
- Buffalo hosts the largest Dyngus Day Celebration in the world, a testament to the Polish-American heritage of the city.
- You can make a grammatically correct sentence out of only the word buffalo: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
- Famous inventions from Buffalo: non-dairy creamer, whipped topping, pacemakers, instant coffee, the electric chair.