Below is a list of some of the great things Buffalo has to offer, and some of Chris’s and Elizabeth’s favorite places and restaurant. Also, check out this website for more information and you all you need to know about hours and admission.

Niagara Falls

You can’t come to Buffalo without going to Niagara Falls! Even cross the Rainbow Bridge to check out the tourist-y Canadian side (Clifton Hill, bring your passport!). Many claim the view from the Canadian side is better, but that’s only because the better falls are on our side! Also, check out Whirlpool State Park. A nice little hike and some good picnic spots if you hike down to them! Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist (Office Wedding) or walk the Cave of the Winds!! Fireworks over the falls on Fridays and Saturdays!

Elmwood Village

Check out Elmwood Ave for trendy independent boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and an eclectic crowd. Their website is terrible so I won’t post it, but if you just head from downtown north on Elmwood towards Delaware Park, you’ll bump into the village.
Here's a link to their map

More shopping information

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery

If you are looking for the greatest burger you’ve ever eaten, the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is where it’s at. Pretty sure this place is what fully converted Chris from vegetarianism to meat-loving. Get the Brewer’s Burger with Pearl Street’s homemade beer BBQ sauce… mmm can’t go wrong. And check out some of their microbrews while you’re there. The place is just great in general with old conveyor-belt operated fans on the ceiling of the first floor.

The Erie Basin Marina

A nice spot for hanging out with the family, watching boats, chasing seagulls and eating ice cream.
Also check out the boats at the naval park:


The most popular clubbing and bar district in the area. Some fun clubs and bars to check out depending on what you like best. For those of you who are young (21+), or those of you who are older and still have a lot of energy, rumor has it there may be some people heading out for an after party following the wedding reception. Within walking distance from our reception at Shea’s.

Anchor Bar

Birthplace of the chicken wing (or Buffalo wing as you outsiders know it as)! Try these wings and then head to Duff’s for more. You decide which you like better

The Chocolate Bar

Elizabeth’s absolute favorite restaurant in Buffalo. Three words: Chocolate Raspberry Brioche. Four words: Banana Cream Pie Martini. Need I say more?


Another fantastic restaurant, right next door to the chocolate bar. Good sushi and unique dishes.

Templeton Landing

A new restaurant on the Erie Basin Marina with a nice outdoor bar with firepit on the patio next to the water.

Albright Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penny Art Center

Two art museums that are only a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other and from Delaware Park. Albright Knox houses modern and contemporary art exhibits.
The Burchfield Penny Arts Center is a museum dedicated to the art and culture of Western New York.

Delaware Park

If you’re looking to go for your morning jog while visiting our city, check out Delaware Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

Shakespeare in the Park

Come back to Delaware Park at night for a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces under the stars! Not only is it free, but you can bring your own blankets, snacks, and drinks to enjoy while watching the play! FREE!

Thursdays in the Square

If you happen to get here on Thursday, check out what free concert is playing outside at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo Zoo

Go visit some elephants and polar bears at the Buffalo zoo in Delaware park.


Buffalo is known for having some type of festival every weekend of the summer. As it gets closer to June, we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening.

Old Fort Niagara

Preserved as it stood in 1700’s, when France and Britain controlled Niagara, the Fort’s structures include the oldest building on the Great Lakes. Good for families and history buffs alike. They frequently have cool reenactments.

Lockport Locks and Cave Tour

Lockport is a bit of a drive if you are staying in downtown Buffalo. But if you’ve really got an itchin’ to see some locks on the Erie Canal in action, you can see it in the town of Lockport. If you do make the trip out there, you must go on the Cave Tour and Underground Boat Ride. You walk through the water tunnel of the remains of an old factory that used to run off of waterpower from the canal, and take a boat ride in the end. Chris and I did this once, it was a lot of fun, and we got to learn some history about the area!

Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright

If you are into architecture, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex, Boat House, or Graycliff Estate.

Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Also for history buffs, this place has original documents of famous manuscripts, musical scores, etc. Buffalo hosts two of the country’s six Karpeles Manuscript Museums.