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Buffalo, New York A Stunning City Filled with Lots to Discover

Brian Hayden, Visit Buffalo-Niagara | Jun 30, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

Buffalo, New York, is a vibrant city filled with lots to do and discover for persons of all ages.

At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see one of the world’s most impressive collections of modern and contemporary art, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol. Across the street, you’ll find the stunning Burchfield Penney Art Center, which is committed to the art of Buffalo and Western New York.

As you walk around our city, you’ll come across some of the finest architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, Richard Upjohn, and Eliel and Eero Saarinen.

Buffalo’s emerging Canalside district showcases the city’s waterfront and proud history of shipping along Lake Erie and the Erie Canal. The centerpiece of this district is the commercial slip, the western terminus of the Erie Canal dating from 1825 that has been re-excavated and restored. A system of bike trails, parks and boardwalks comprise Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and offer stunning views of the lake and city skyline.

On the subject of history, you can stand where Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office at the recently renovated Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site or learn about Buffalo’s Native American, ethnic and industrial heritage at the Buffalo History Museum. Mark Twain spent time in Buffalo in the late 19th century as a newspaper editor; leaves from the original manuscript of the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are on display in the Mark Twain Room at downtown’s central library. The city is also filled with African-American heritage; for starters, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz giants performed at the Colored Musicians Club, which is now a museum and still hosts regular gigs by area musicians.

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Downtown Buffalo offers an array of cultural activities that range from historical sites to museums and performing arts centers.

If performing arts are your thing, Buffalo has two dozen theaters, anchored by the magnificent Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which hosts an annual Broadway Series. The Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is led by JoAnn Falletta, who has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the finest conductors of her generation.

While Buffalo is justifiably proud of its chicken wings (and no trip to Buffalo is complete without a stop at the Anchor Bar, where wings first took flight 50 years ago this year), we also have 400 independently owned restaurants, delicious local specialties, a pair of wine trails and vibrant farmers markets. Don’t miss some Western New York culinary favorites, including beef-on-weck sandwiches, sponge candy and charcoal broiled hot dogs. Buffalo is also home to several breweries, including Flying Bison and Hamburg brewing companies. The first distillery in Buffalo since Prohibition, Lockhouse Distillery, opened in 2013.

Shoppers will find everything from hip boutiques in Buffalo’s trendy Elmwood Village, Allentown and Hertel neighborhoods to major department stores at a number of local shopping centers and malls.

Buffalo has a wealth of options for sports fans, including the NFL’s Bills, NHL’s Sabres, AAA baseball’s Bisons, world-class fishing, great skiing and fantastic watersports. Kayak through the city’s historic grain elevator district on the Buffalo River or rock climb up those elevators on Silo City Rocks, which is set to open this year.

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