December 26, 29, 30 and 31, 10 AM Till Noon
You don’t know Buffalo if you don’t know the landmarks by master architects Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Richard Upjohn, and E. B. Green. St. Paul’s Cathedral (whose interior image graces this post), the Ellicott Square Building and the Old Post Office are as magnificent on the inside as on the outside. We’ll keep you indoors as much as possible as you trek between towers. The tour includes One M&T Plaza, Old County Hall, lower Pearl Street and more. Meet at the Market Arcade, 617 Main Street, $10
December 27 and 28, 10 AM Till Noon
Legendary Lincoln Parkway
One of the most beautiful avenues in Olmsted’s park system, Lincoln Parkway was a magnet for lavish homes built by many prominent Buffalonians. John Larkin, founder of the Larkin Soap Company, even bought an entire square block as an estate called “Larkland” for himself and his children. Join us as we explore this storied neighborhood. Meet at the Lincoln Statue by the Rose Garden in Delaware Park, $10
Tuesdays, 1 Till 3 PM
The Buffalo Story
Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for many of Buffalo’s important stories including that of the Erie Canal Terminus, three 19th century presidents and Theodore Roosevelt; the influence of Chicago architecture, the Underground Railroad, and the “Best Designed City” designation by Frederick Law Olmsted. See these stories come alive. Meet at the Market Arcade, 617 Main Street, $10
Weekdays from Noon Till 1 PM
Learn all about this Art Deco masterpiece-inside and out. On a clear day, you can see the mist from Niagara Falls from the Observation Deck on the 28th floor.
(Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Meet in the City Hall lobby, 65 Niagara Square, FREE
To find out more about Buffalo Tours, visit their website. If you’d like to help support the organization while finding a great Buffalo-oriented gift for the homesick WNYer or first-time visitor, check out the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center by the Market Arcade. They sell posters and books whose proceeds go to Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Tours’ parent organization.