Visit Buffalo/Niagara is pleased to welcome the 2016 National Prevention Network Conference!
Things to Do and See In and Around Buffalo!
“If you haven’t seen Buffalo lately… you haven’t seen Buffalo.”
CLICK HERE for a special list of attractions designed especially for NPN Conference attendees by Visit Buffalo Niagara.
Buffalo has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, from a redeveloped waterfront to revitalized neighborhoods and over $1 billion in new investment. Like architecture? Visit seven Frank Lloyd Wright structures, stroll through Frederick Law Olmsted parks and stay in a grand hotel designed by the AIA’s first female architect. (Visit our lodging page for special group rates at Hotel Lafayette!)
Enjoy art and entertainment? Spend the morning with Andy Warhol at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the afternoon with a Broadway show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the evening with the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Looking for something more casual? Catch a Bills, Sabres or Bisons game. Go shopping in trendy Elmwood Village. Take in the scene at Canalside or Larkin Square. Or check out Niagara Falls. (Yes, THAT Niagara Falls!)
History buff? Relive where President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office. Step on board a river cruise into the city’s industrial past. Or discover the formative years of an American television icon at the Buffalo History Museum.
Downtown Buffalo City Map
- There is a Buffalo Bills game on Friday, September 15 if you plan on staying post conference!
Dining in Buffalo
- The 5 Best New Restaurants of 2015
- New York Buffalo Wings
- National Buffalo Wing Festival (September 3-4, 2016)
- Maid of the Mist
The world famous Maid of the Mist cruises right to the base of the American Falls, then to the basin of the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. It’s a fantastic journey through the crashing waters, surrounded by massive rock formations that have tamed the raging rapids for millions of years. An unforgettable 30 minute tour. Observation elevator offers a dramatic view of the Falls. Deck extends out past the gorge for an unobstructed view of the Niagara River. Elevators descend to the Maid of the Mist boat dock.
- Cave of the Winds
Soak up the experience of being closer to the waters of Niagara Falls than you thought possible, on a spectacular Niagara Falls tour. Your journey begins with an elevator ride 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a souvenir rain poncho and sandals, you’ll follow a tour guide over wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck, less than 20 feet from the torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. On the deck, you’ll experience tropical storm-like conditions, getting doused with the spray from the rushing waters.
- Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Reservation State Park is the oldest state park in the United States. The park is made up of numerous islands, as well as the famous Prospect Point area. The magnificent Great Lakes Garden greets visitors entering the park. A visitor center offers information and exhibits about the park’s history, geology and technology. The Niagara Scenic Trolley provides three-mile guided tours, stopping at the park’s most scenic vistas and at such facilities as the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, which tells the story of the creation of the falls. The Observation Tower has elevators that take visitors 180 feet down to the base of the tower for a close-up view of the American Falls. Visitors can also hike, bike and fish. Open year round.
- Old Fort Niagara
- Three-hundred years of history, just minutes from the Falls. The site of historic battles and sieges, trading and conquest, Old Fort Niagara is an exciting place where the past comes to life. Preserved as it stood in the 1700’s, when France and Britain controlled Niagara, the Fort’s structures include the oldest building on the Great Lakes. Hours: September-December: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Devil’s Hole State Park
Overlooks the lower Whirlpool rapids. Walkway along the turbulent Niagara River into the wooded Niagara Gorge. Fishing, hiking and nature trails. Open year round.
- Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour
Passengers ages six and up will enjoy this 45 minute white water adventure through the Niagara Gorge. Experience history, scenery, excitement and the thrill of a lifetime. Open daily May-October. Departure times vary and are subject to change. Reservations required.
- Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass
2016 Discovery Pass valid Opening Day May 25 – October 19, 2016. Do it all with a Niagara USA Discovery Pass and save on the a la carte prices! Discovery Pass includes one day of unlimited rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley. Pass purchase also includes discount admission to Old Ft, Niagara, free gifts at Artpark State Park and the New York Power Authority, as well as additional savings on attractions, dining and shopping all across Niagara USA!
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Built in 1926 in the style of a European opera house, and one of only four Tiffany-designed theaters still in existence, Shea’s Performing Arts Center continues to entertain audiences today with touring Broadway musicals, concerts, dance programs, historic theatre tours, a Free Family Film Series, educational programs, and family shows. Visit their website for tickets and more information
Colored Musician Club Museum
Having received its Act of Incorporation in 1935; designation as a historical landmark in 1979; and designation as a historical preservation site in 1999, the Colored Musicians Club has a very rich and significant history. Located in the same building, the CMC Museum is a multimedia archive where the visitors can view and interact with artifacts that represent the long history of the club. Parts of the CMC collection can also be made be available to scholars and researchers. Visit their website for tickets and more information
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