Designed by Olmsted & Vaux in 1868, Delaware Park was the largest of three original parks built in the area. A stunning lake surrounded by rolling meadows, this 350-acre treasure is, to this day, a local favorite for picnics, running and a good old-fashioned family movie night. Complete with a Japanese garden, you can also take advantage of a walking tour or boat rentals.
For hockey lovers, HarborCenter has two incredible ice rinks with state-of-the-art training rooms, classrooms as well as concessions and even a Tim Hortons. This Tim Hortons location is one-of-a-kind because it incorporates the Buffalo Sabres into its motif along with memorabilia that honors Buffalo’s history.
Where to Stay
Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo
The location and amenities of the Embassy Suites capture the unique qualities of Buffalo and allow guests to conveniently take advantage of the newly transformed waterfront. With access to a complimentary light rail system just two blocks from the hotel, guests can easily visit the waterfront attractions and enjoy a night along the revitalized Erie Canal. More outgoing visitors wanting a little more freedom can take advantage of the genius Reddy Bikeshare program available throughout the city. For a small fee, you can grab a bike and drop it off at one of the many parking locations.
Tip: If you're in town for Buffalo's annual St. Patrick's Day parade (one of the largest in the nation), this hotel sits right on the parade route, placing you in the center of a full day's worth of celebration.
Where to Eat
With its history of industry and blue-collar labor, it's only natural that Buffalo has become a melting pot of nationalities, and with that, some great food choices. If you're looking to explore the city's greatest eats, try this list of eateries for an insider’s foodie tour of Buffalo.
For the best fish fry in town, head to Wiechec’s Lounge in Kaistertown. Enjoy gourmet global cuisine at Patina 250 or some French cuisine with live music at Raclettes. If you are looking for a quick bite, grab a charcoal grilled hot dog at Ted’s Hot Dogs and satisfy your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Bar with a dessert and a chocolate martini. Locals swear by the Stinger Subs (steak and chicken fingers) from Jim's Steakout. For craft beer lovers, there are also over 20 craft breweries in Buffalo to enjoy.
From art to history to a foodie lover’s paradise, Buffalo has enough charm mixed with thoughtful renovation to make it a serious contender for a must-visit U.S. destination. Think of it as today’s secret getaway that you can brag to your friends about tomorrow, for having visited “before it was trendy.”