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OpenAir Autobus Tours

It’s been almost a decade since the OpenAir Autobus was launched in Buffalo. During that time, thousands of people have had the opportunity to travel to some of the city’s most sought after destinations, all while in the open air. Throughout the summer, these weekly guided tours take sightseers on historic, architectural and cultural journeys, in search of some of the city’s latest and greatest hotspots. 

Buffalo Whirlwind Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday starting July 3 through September 4: 

Professionally guided tour on the Open-Air by the non-for profit Campaign for Greater Buffalo, History, Architecture and Culture. The tour gives you all the architectural highlights of Buffalo-buildings put in context as we point out dozens of buildings as markers of Buffalo’s progress through the years. H.H. Richardson Complex, Kleinhans Music Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Ellicott Square, Canal District, Niagara Square, Lafayette Square, Millionaire’s Row, Allentown Historic District, Delaware Historic District, Electric Tower, Shea’s Theater, Market Arcade, Theater Historic District, West Village Hist. District, Bidwell, Chapin, and Lincoln parkways and Heath House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

10:00am-11:30am every Saturday* and Sunday

Departs Elmwood & Potomac

Cost: $25 adults, $10 12 and under.

Advanced seats may be purchased at or by calling (716)-854-3749.

Walk-ups first come first served.

*No whirlwind tour Sat. July 9

Buffalo Waterfront Heritage Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday starting July 3 through September 4: 

A one hour long experience on the Open-Air Autobus of Buffalo. This tour covers the Buffalo River, the Old First Ward, and the Outer Harbor. You’ll get a unique perspective o Buffalo’s maritime, cultural, and industrial heritage. The heroic efforts to build a harbor and the Erie Canal and the landscape it created-the giant grain elevators lining our waterways. You will see the historic fireboat Edward M. Cotter and the dock of America’s first hovercraft. A tavern where “saloon boss” Fingy Connors held sway. The Cobblestone District, a Canal-era industrial heritage district. The site of where Grover Cleveland launched his political career from Buffalo lawyer to President. The giant Great Northern grain elevator and the Washburn Crosby complex.

1:00pm-2:00pm every Saturday* and Sunday

Departs Hanover and Main Sts.

Cost: 20, $10 12 and under.

Advanced seats may be purchased at or by calling


Walk-ups first come first served.

*No tour waterfront tour Saturday, July 23

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