A liveable and lovely town that buts up to the banks of Lake Erie, Buffalo looks directly across the waters to Canada.
One of the northernmost cities in New York State, it’s famed for its long history of Polish and German immigration; two cultural strands that still pop up with the lively festivals of Dyngus Day and fantastic Oktoberfest-style beer blowouts each year.
But Buffalo is about much more than just Slavic blood sausage and Bavarian pils. The town has a unique naval past, and fortresses telling tales of both civil and revolutionary wars dot the riverbanks of the Niagara nearby.
Then there’s the awesome falls of Niagara themselves – a bucket list topper if there ever was one!
Back in the city and one of the oldest zoos in the country beckons with wild creatures, curious architecture courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright stands on the street corners, and art galleries offer some thought-provoking pieces of modernism!
Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Buffalo:
1. See the modern masterworks at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Widely hailed as one of the best contemporary art galleries in the United States, the Albright-Knox center started life as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862.
That makes it one of the oldest exhibition spaces of its kind in the country, and a veritable staple on the line-up of things to do in Upstate New York.
The collections focus on showcasing major masterworks of various artists from the 20th and 21st century.
There’s the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Gaugin, Picasso and Henri Matisse to see, ranging from canvasses of iconic impressionism to mind-boggling works of cubism and absurdism.
There are also regular touring exhibitions and events, not to mention daily public tours of the entire institution.