Buffalo June 25, 2017
These 11 Unique Places in Buffalo Are An Absolute Must-See And Soon
There are plenty of places to see and things to do in Buffalo, both indoors and out. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat or spend the day exploring the great outdoors, the Queen City is not lacking in attractions. While they’re all wonderful, some places stand out above the crowd (both literally and figuratively) as absolute must-see destinations. Here are our top 11:
1. OLV Basilica (767 Ridge Road)
The Basilica is located in South Buffalo and is a true historic gem. From the outside, the towering steeples and stunning architecture immediately stand out. But the real awe-inspiring beauty is inside, with striking stained glass windows, high vaulted ceilings, and everything adorned with intricate detailing.
2. Darwin Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway)
The Darwin Martin House is a Frank Lloyd Wright original, built in Buffalo's own back yard on Jewett Parkway. To the naked eye, it looks like an intricate house, but once you're taken on a tour of this architectural wonder, you'll quickly realize the mastermind behind the creation.
3. Forest Lawn Cemetery (1411 Delaware Avenue)
Another Frank Lloyd Wright design lies at this Buffalo must-see: Forest Lawn Cemetery. Walk the grounds of this peaceful cemetery and admire the headstones and burial plots, like FLW's Blue Sky Mausoleum.
4. Electric Tower (535 Washington Street)
The Electric Tower stands tall along Buffalo's downtown skyline, situated on Washington Street. The building is now home to local businesses so you can do your banking and grab a bite to eat at the cafe while you admire the architectural beauty!
5. Buffalo Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Avenue)
The Buffalo Botanical Gardens are definitely deserving of a spot on your must-see list. Inside, you'll find hundreds of plant varieties, a play area for the kids, and plenty of relaxing water features for a tranquil afternoon. Perfect for a rainy day!
6. Buffalo Naval Park (1 Naval Park Cove)
Brush up on Buffalo's naval history at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Miliary Park, located near Canalside at Naval Park Cove. There is a museum inside with relics from wars and battles past, and you can even get up close and personal with actual warships and fighter jets during your visit.
7. Buffalo City Hall (65 Niagara Square)
No need to elope for a visit to Buffalo's City Hall! This building is a popular spot for tourists and locals looking for photo-ops. For some of the best views of the city, head to the observation deck.
8. Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main Street)
Shea's is another must-see with plenty of history. Don't leave Buffalo without watching a touring Broadway show from inside this stunning theatre.
9. Market Arcade (617 Main Street)
The Market Arcade is an indoor shopping center that has stayed true to its roots since 1892. It was once the first indoor shopping center in Buffalo, and is now home to the shops of several local artisans. Shop local and see the building for yourself!
10. Richardson Olmsted Complex (444 Forest Avenue)
The Richardson Olmsted Complex is located near Buffalo State College, on Forest Avenue. It was once an eery psychiatric center but most recently has transformed into one of Buffalo's most interesting hotels, Hotel Henry. Book an overnight stay or simply visit for the day to explore the grounds. There's plenty to check out at this must-see stop!
11. Hotel at The Lafayette (391 Washington Street)
The Hotel at The Lafayette is another spot that has been transformed to join the hotel industry. Hotel Lafayette has everything from fresh brewed coffee at the downstairs cafe to a hair salon, restaurant, bar, and hotel rooms for an overnight stay.
Have you “been there, done that”? Let us know your favorite must-see Buffalo places in the comments below!