Stand where Theodore Roosevelt stood when he took the oath of office. See one of the world's great collections of modern art. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's grandest prairie style house. Explore a South American rainforest. Come to IDAA and be surprised!
There are many, many things to do and see in Western New York and Southern Ontario. These are just a few of our favorites. Reservations are a good idea and can be made with each venue online in most cases.
Niagara Falls: one of the wonders of the modern world, the Falls sees over 14 million visitors per year. An easy 20 minute drive from downtown Buffalo.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has one of the world's best collections of modern art. If you are into impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, surrealism, constructivism, expressionism, pop art, op art, or the Mirrored Room , this is a must see.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center is a newly (2008) expanded and redesigned forum focusing on regional art, concerts, literary readings, and workshops, with a focus on the works of watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield.
The Darwin D. Martin House Complex , designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is one of the most important projects from Wright's Prairie School era. Wright called it his "opus" and "a well-nigh perfect composition". The complex of three houses, a gardener's cottage, a conservatory, and a pergola is in the late stages of a restoration and is available for tours.
Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, a house built over a waterfall, in southeastern Pennsylvania, south of Buffalo. The American Institute of Architects named it the "best all-time work of American Architecture". A must see and worth a drive for architecture buffs.
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site , also known as the Wilcox mansion, is where Roosevelt took the oath of office after the assassination of President McKinley. Newly renovated and an interesting stop for "TR" aficionados.
Graycliff is a summer estate designed for the Martin family by Frank Lloyd Wright, overlooking Lake Erie, about 20 minutes south of Buffalo.
The Original American Kazoo Factory is the only metal kazoo factory in North America. A museum highlights history, amusing trivia, and shows step by step the way kazoos are made. You can even make your own kazoo! About a half hour's drive south of Buffalo.
The Buffalo Zoo - M&T Rainforest Falls replicates the unique geology and ecology of Venezuela's Canaima National Park, home to Angel Falls - the tallest waterfall in the world. The Buffalo Zoo's two-story exhibit includes a Visitor Center with interpretive graphics, interactive displays and a short video about rainforest life. The Zoo is the third oldest in the USA, and is part of Delaware Park, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Ontario Science Center is an interactive science museum in Toronto, about a two hour's drive north of Buffalo (bring your passport!), and is perhaps the most fun place on the planet for kids (of all ages).
The Casa Loma is "Canada's Famous Castle", a 98 room gothic style mansion, the largest private residence in Canada, built from 1911-1914, complete with an elevator, two pipe organs, a conservatory, three bowling alleys, secret passageways, and an oven big enough to cook an ox. Check it out if you're going up to Toronto. Bring your passport!
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort has a huge water park, the "Big Kahuna" water slide, the "Mind Eraser" inverted roller coaster, The Predator (New York State's largest wooden roller coaster), and several "hypercoasters", all about 30 minutes' drive east of Buffalo.
The Butterfly Conservatory features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight! Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, just across the border. Bring your passport!
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are a Victorian style conservatory, a national historic site, with plants from all over the world, a children's garden, a rose garden, fern house, tropical rainforest, a desert house, everglades, a Panama cloud forest, and the Palm dome.
The Aquarium of Niagara has penguins, a tidal pool exhibit, sharks, sea lions, seals, and a new seahorse exhibit.
The Elmwood Strip is the prime shopping district to visit if you are looking for an eclectic variety of shops, including independent record stores, bistros, coffee houses, and quirky apparel. Elmwood Avenue between Forest Street and Virginia Street.
The Chautauqua Institution is a summer resort and education center located about an hours drive south of Buffalo and features nondenominational devotional services, lectures, concerts, operas, plays, and courses in music, art, dance and drama.
The Walden Galleria is located a few minutes from downtown Buffalo and is the area's largest shopping and entertainment center.