If 24 hours is all that you have in Buffalo, then you need to really speed up. You can half a day or even full day in the breathtaking Niagara Falls in itself. Beside, there is an array of thigs to do, see and entertainment in Buffalo. The city can be associated as a paradise for wine aficionados, affordable food scene, art aficionados, history buffs and outdoor nuts. For art lovers, the city offers Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Shea's Performing Arts Center. View the city from the top of the world at Buffalo City Hall. The restaurant scene is eclectic too. Get your crawl on with chicken wings, beef on weck and fish fry. So folks read further and sort out the best things to do when you're in Buffalo for a day.
Breakfast at 8:00 AM
Before heading to Niagara, stop at Riverside for breakfast. Sophia’s Restaurant
(749 Military Rd) is a great place to enjoy home made fresh breads and they go perfectly well with omelet and pancakes. You must try their apple cinnamon walnut pancakes. Another awesome breakfast joint in Riverside is Emily’s Restaurant
(183 Hertel Ave). This cozy diner serves affordable delicious food. People who had been there love their cinnamon or vanilla French toats with ham, fries and eggs.
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Majestic Fall - Niagara Falls State Park
Top in your must-visit list is by all means the mighty Niagara Falls, which need no introduction as it is known to world as one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders. It is not located too far from Buffalo, about twenty miles north of Buffalo, an hour long drive. The Niagara Falls State Park also boasts to be the oldest state park in America and draw hoards of visitors throughout the year to view over 700,000 gallons rush over the cliff face in 20 to 60mph. The park has its American side and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and you can choose to view the fall via a helicopter ride or Maid of the Mist boat tour. More to the park's highlights include Three Sisters Island, Goat Island, Prospect Point, visitor's center, Luna Island at Bridal Falls, an observation tower and the Niagara Falls Discovery Center. The fall is opened to visitors all year round but operational hours may vary seasonally. For timings and other details, call ahead. Address
: Niagara Falls, New York 14303Phone
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Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Head to Niagara Gorge Discovery Center that is located across from the falls. The museum showcases facts about Niagara Gorge's geologic history, dating back more than 400 million years and you will also get to learn about the 12,000-year history of the Niagara Falls. There is also a multi-screen theater to view presentations. For operational hours, visit the website.Address
: Niagara Falls, NY 14303Phone
Old Fort Niagara
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Next up is the Old Fort Niagara that is nestled on the tip of Niagara River. This historic site is the oldest structure on the grounds that takes you back to history. Dig deeper and you'll explore the 18th and early 19th centuries life on the Niagara Frontier. Guided tours are available. It opens daily from 9am to 5 or 7 pm. Address
: 1 Maintenance Avenue, Youngstown, NY 14174Phone
Another immaculately landscaped garden you can stop by is Forest Lawn. From paying tribute to significant American dignitaries who have been laid to rest here to a peaceful exploration of the ponds, lawns and gardens - you'll find out there is lots the cemetary offers. To completely explore the place, participate in a guided tour - two hour walking tour or a 1.5- to 2 hour trolley tour. The cemetery welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during spring and summer seasons and in the fall and winter times from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Address
: 1411 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209 Website
Lunch at 1:30 PM
From India to Japanese to Mexican to Thai - the area around Forest Lawn is surrounded by international cuisine eateries. You just need to make up your mind on which cuisine to choose. If you love India food, stop at India Gate
(1116 Elmwood Ave) and relish the spicy lunch buffet. Japanese cuisine is best served at SATO
(739 Elmwood Ave) and Wasabi (752 Elmwood Ave). They have a sushi bar to enjoy delicious sushi and ligt drinks. For those craving Mexican delights, drop by Agave
(765 Elmwood Ave) and Elmwood Taco & Subs
(925 Elmwood Ave). Taste of Siam
(810 Elmwood Ave) will give the authentic taste of Thailand. Must try - wantons, red curry, eggplant and fried spring rolls.
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Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 2:30 PM
This is the place to marvel art at its best. As you browse around, you will come across some of the finest cluster of sculptures and paintings, ranging from post-war American and European art to modern art. Not only that, there are collections from 20s and 30s that exhibit Cubism, Constructivism and Surrealism. You can avail the guided tour, that takes place from Thursday to Sunday. The gallery also encompasses a restaurant and gift shops. Monday remains closed while you can visit from Tuesday to Sunday (noon to 5 pm). Please call ahead to confirm operational hours as it may vary seasonally. Address
: 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222Phone
Admire Splendid Architecture and the City's View - Buffalo City Hall at 3:30 PM
Take your adventure to new heights, on the 28th floor of Buffalo City Hall. From its observation deck you can soak the spectacular 360 degree city vistas. When it comes to architecture, the building stands out of the rest. You can also see the cityscape from its over 1500 windows. An hour long guided tour is available every Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. Address
: 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, New York 14202 Website
Explore Buffalo's Shopping Scene at 4:30 PM
To take care of your shopping list, head to Walden Galleria
(1 Walden Galleria, Buffalo, NY 14225) - Buffalo's popular indoor shopping mall. From Macy's to children's favorite the Disney Store, there are lots of shopping options. If you're looking for handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, woodcarvings and other unique stuffs from places like Nepal, Thailand and Africa, stop by West Side Bazaar
(25 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213).
Experience Live Performing Art - Shea's Performing Arts Center at 6:00 PM
After the shopping spree, you can drop by Shea's Performing Arts Center to enjoy Broadway or simply to admire its stunning decor. This theater has been serving the city for such a long time and hosts touring Broadway troupes and several special events. If you have the time to see a show, you can relax in its plush red seats and feel the luxurious ambiance. You can drop by here anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m (Mon-Fri) and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more details, Click on the website below. Address
: 646 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202Phone
: (716) 847-1410 Website
Wine Tasting - Niagara Wine Trail at 7:30 PM
There are 19 wineries located within a short drive from Buffalo. You can opt to visit any for each offers a varieties of fine wines for you to taste. To top it up, they offer delicious selections of fine cheese that go very well with the wines. You can choose to taste varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, ice wines and Syrah. An evening spent with so many different types of outstanding wines is simply an unmatched experience, which I am sure you wouldn't want to miss. Visit the website for more information on different wineries. Address
: Buffalo, NY Website
Eat your Heart Out - Dinner at 9:00 PM
By the time you're done with wine tasting and tour around the Niagara Wine Trail, you will definitely be hungry and craving for delicious meal. You will come across many fine restaurants as you travel around the trail. Michael’s Restauraunt
(3011 Pine Ave) specializes in Italian cuisine and you will enjoy hearty authentic Italian fare. At Tandoori King
(1915 Pine Ave)- Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani food are served at the finest. If pizza is just what you want for the night, stop at Leon’s Italian Bistro & Pizza
(8890 Porter Rd) and relish super cheesy, yummy pizza.
Beer on tap and Live Music - Alternative Brews at 11:00 PM
Beer lover's haven - Alternative Brews offers over 100 bottled varieties, 19 beers on tap - this is a beer haven that keeps everyone happy. You will be delighted to enjoy live blues along with extensive beer choices. Moreover, they also offer different types of cigars that amuse smokers. Swing by here to enjoy outstanding beers, great live music and cigar. They are open Monday to Friday from 4pm-2am; Saturday 3pm-2am Address
: 3488 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226Phone
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