Places to Visit in Buffalo

AUTHOR:  Jennifer Dynas
DATE:  03/02/2021

It may be winter, but do not let that stop you from getting outside to break up the boredom and sneak some exercise in as well. (Safely while social distancing of course, hey a mask keeps you warmer!)

Why Not Take a Trip Around Buffalo to Some Well-Known Spots?

Do not forget to document each spot with a selfie. You know, photos or it didn’t happen. 

Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209: This cemetery encompasses 269 acres. It was designed to serve both the dead and living in the fact that it provides interesting public sculptures and works of art. Forest Lawn is also a great spot for bird watching as over 240 distinct kinds of birds have been spotted in the cemetery.  Look for the following famous gravesites: President Millard Fillmore and Rick James, as well as the Blue Sky Mausoleum which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Download the Forest Lawn Mobile Tour App

Forest Lawn Cemetery Arch.

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Misuta Chows, 521 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203: Mistua Chows is a good spot for authentic Japanese street food such as ramen and rice bowls. Its second floor has a cool 80’s themed bar-arcade for you to check out as well. While you are there, make sure to get a photo on their famous pink sparkly Hello Kitty staircase.

pink staircase at Misuta Chows.

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Buffalo Public Murals: There are over 130 public art murals around the Buffalo Niagara region. Some notable walkable ones are found on Hertel Avenue. These include the Goo Goo Dolls Mural, Gord Downie Mural, and the Buffalo Map. One neat one to check out is the Magic Buffalo Mural by Bunnie Reiss, which shows off her Polish and Russian heritage in her mural of a buffalo. Visit Hertel Walls for directions to each mural on Hertel Avenue.

Buffalo mural by Bunnie Reiss.

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Shea’s Buffalo Theater, 650 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202:  Covid has closed Broadway in NYC and Shea’s as well. Shea’s started out in 1926 as a movie theater built by Michael Shea. Today it is a campus made up of three theaters. Even though there aren’t any musicals or shows running right now, the Shea’s Main Street marquee is beautiful when it is lit up and worth snapping a photo.

exterior of Shea's Performing Arts Theater.

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Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202Built by architects George J. Dietel and John J. Wade, Buffalo City Hall is an Art Deco masterpiece with outstanding murals depicting the city’s history and industry. The Observation Deck at Buffalo City Hall is located on the 28th floor of the building and is open weekdays from 8:30am-4:00pm. This observation deck offers 360-degree views of Buffalo from 300 feet above the ground.

exterior of Buffalo City Hall.

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Tift Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14203: Tift Nature Preserve has 264 acres of restored habitat with five miles of trails and boardwalks. It is only a 5-minute drive from Buffalo and is situated on the Outer Harbor. Wild animals seen at Tifft Nature Preserve include white tailed deer, beavers, muskrats, marsh birds, waterfowls, predatory birds, frogs, and snakes. Tift is free to the public but be aware that the visitor center is closed currently due to Covid. However, the trails are open year-round from dawn to dusk. Being that it is currently winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoes are permitted. Download a printable map of the preserve before you go.

snow filled path at Tifft Nature Preserve.

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