10 Best Attractions in the Buffalo, New York Area

The Silo City is full of cultural treasures and is currently seeing a movement to preserve a number of historical buildings from the 19th century. Many visitors are also attracted to the more modern works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who has several famous homes in the area.

Neighboring Lake Erie (with Lake Ontario not far away), waterways have played an important role in Buffalo's development. For a chance to see the city from the water, set sail on the Spirit of Buffalo for a scenic day cruise or evening sunset sail. Buffalo serves as the gateway to the world-famous Niagara Falls, with the state park offering sweeping views of the falls and a chance to feel the mist without the need for a passport.

Nearby, the Niagara Wine Trail is being touted as one of the up-and-coming wine regions and several wineries are open to the public for tastings and tours. Sports lovers can take in a Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the only professional NFL football stadium in New York State.

To make your decisions easier, we've narrowed down a list of 10 of our top choices for activities and attractions in the Buffalo area. These must-sees are vetted by local experts who share their wealth of knowledge on what to do in Buffalo, New York.



The third oldest zoo in the United States, this 23-acre park is dedicated to the preservation of wild species from around the world and is a participant in global conservation efforts. More than 1,000 animals are housed here, among them are the...  Read More

Eternal Flame Falls
Photo courtesy of Bob Lennartz


Hidden deep in Chestnut Ridge Park, the Eternal Flame Falls are a natural phenomenon and make a memorable day hike for visitors. As one of a few hundred "eternal" flames worldwide, it is fed by a natural gas seep that breaks through the earth's...  Read More



The micro-climate near the Great Lakes allows for the production of fine wines including Riesling, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and ice wines. As a bonus, Western New York also has a wide selection of fine cheese, so you can pair your selections...  Read More



This oasis will surprise and makes a perfect reprieve on a cold day in the city. As visitors enter, they are greeted by the 67-foot Palm Dome that is full of palms and tropical fruit trees. Wander through different ecosystems including the...  Read More



Founded officially in 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is among the world's leading collections of international sculptures and paintings, including works from the 20s and 30s that showcase Cubism, Surrealism, and Constructivism. This museum...  Read More



Buffalo is proud to be home to the NFL's Bills, the team that went to the Superbowl four times in a row (and lost). The Bills are housed at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and win or lose their die-hard fans are going to celebrate. If you're in town...  Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House


Built in 1904, this house showcases the talents of one of America's premiere architects. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home, which has a 100-foot covered arbor, a glass roof conservatory, and a classic horizontal streamlined design. In 2013...  Read More



The fort, which sits on the head of the Niagara River, shares a tri-cultural history. First held by La Salle and his French troops in 1678, the fort eventually was a stronghold for both the British and Americans. The oldest structure on the...  Read More

Spirit of Buffalo
Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan


Inspired by the schooners and sunset voyages in Key West, Florida, the Spirit of Buffalo is a relaxing and fun-filled adventure on Lake Erie. Operated by the Hilliman family who have a lifetime of sailing experience, every inch of the vessel has...  Read More

Niagara Falls State Park
Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls State Park


Considered one of the "Wonders of the World," this state park is America's oldest, and each year tourists make the short drive from Buffalo to watch more than 750,000 gallons rush over the edge each second. The park includes the entire expanse...  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber