When some people hear “Buffalo, New York,” thoughts turn to snow and bad football. But anyone who knows about the Buffalo/Niagara region of New York State knows it is an undiscovered gem, full of magnificent architecture, wonderful museums, shopping, and family fun. Here are a few attractions in the area that make Buffalo so great.
The Aquarium of Niagara – 701 Whirlpool St. in Niagara Falls, NY. Feed the penguins, view sea lions and seals, or check out a shark feeding at the Aquarium. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day); admission is $9 for adults (13 to 59), $7.50 for seniors (60+), $6 for children 4 to 12, and kids 3 and under are free.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. A national historic site on 11.4 acres, the Gardens feature three glass domes and nine greenhouses full of tropical and sub-tropical plants like orchids, exotic begonia varieties, ferns, and palm trees. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day); regular admission is $6 for adults (14 to 54), $5 for seniors (55+) and students with ID, $3 for children 6 to 13, and kids under 6 are free (admission for events may be different).
Buffalo Museum of Science– 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. in Buffalo. Since 1929, the Museum has been dedicated to the natural and physical sciences, and features permanent exhibits like Dinosaurs & Co., Gems and Minerals, Western New York Woodlands, and many more. The Museum is also the administrator of Tifft Nature Preserve, a 264-acre refuge dedicated to conservation and education located at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. in Buffalo. The Museum of Science is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; regular admission is $7 for adults (19 to 61), $6 for seniors (62+), $5 for children (3 to 18), students with ID and military personnel with ID, and children under 3 are free (admission for special exhibits may be different).
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum– 180 Thompson St. in North Tonawanda. Housed in an original carousel factory building, the Museum and its 1916 carousel are both listed on state and national Registers of Historic Sites. Open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. from the day after Labor Day through March 31st, and daily from April 1st through Labor Day (noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays); admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for children.
Snow Park Niagara – 427 First St. in Niagara Falls, NY. As if snow in the winter wasn’t enough, Snow Park Niagara is open for year-round winter fun. Features a Tubing Hill, Snow Zone play area, and an NHL regulation-size synthetic rink. Open Wednesdays through Sundays (check website for hours and special holiday hours); admission is $13 for adults (13+) and $11 for children (5 to 12) – restrictions apply.
source: Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, visitbuffaloniagara.com