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Explore Buffalo’s Delaware Park

Delaware Park is a prized community asset that is a significant part of Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks System. The 350-acre park, which resembles New York City’s Central Park, combines Buffalo’s cultural district and recreational offerings along a two-mile-long path that meanders around lakes, gardens, and meadows. On busy days, finding a parking spot near your desired destination can be challenging, so consider looking for a place near Meadow Drive, which encircles the recreation fields near the Buffalo Zoo. Alternatively, parking is available along Lincoln Parkway and Rumsey Street near Hoyt Lake. The Buffalo AKG Art Museum has a parking lot for patrons. The Buffalo History Museum offers parking for those interested in starting their visit at the gallery, Japanese Gardens, or Mirror Lake.

You may also enjoy our guide to exploring the Queen City at Buffalo’s waterfront, including Canalside and Outer Harbor.

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Glen Park tree falls
Glen Park, Williamsville

Breakfast

Consider stopping at Break’n Eggs Crêperie or The Original Pancake House in Williamsville for a tasty meal. Afterward, take a short walk through Glen Park to experience the beauty of a 30-foot waterfall in the heart of the village.

Forest Lawn Cemetery bells
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Forest Lawn Cemetery Blue Sky Mausoleum
Blue Sky
Forest Lawn Cemetery Blocher tomb
Blocher
Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House Buffalo
Martin House

Morning

Embrace the beauty of Forest Lawn Cemetery, including the Blue Sky Mausoleum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, with a self-guided tour using the cemetery’s app. Forest Lawn is the final resting place for notable figures such as William Pryor Letchworth, Red Jacket, Millard Fillmore, and Rick James. After exploring the cemetery, drive a mile north on Main Street for a 75-minute guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House.

The Terrace at Delaware Park
The Terrace at Delaware Park

Lunch

The Terrace at Delaware Park, overlooking Hoyt Lake, is open for weekend lunches. But if you are visiting on a weekday, take a short drive to Kostas Family Restaurant, Royal Family Restaurant, or Sophia’s Restaurant.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum
Buffalo AKG Art Museum
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AKG
Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo History Museum
Japanese Gardens Buffalo islands
Japanese Garden

Afternoon

On the park’s west side, spend a few hours exploring the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, with a newly constructed Gundlach Building north of the original 1905 Greek Revival Albright Art Gallery and the 1962 Knox expansion. Marvel at the contrast in architectural styles and over 70,000 world-class modern and contemporary art pieces. Or rent a flamingo boat from Buffalo Maritime Center to explore Hoyt Lake. Then, walk or drive to the northwest corner of Delaware Park to visit the Buffalo History Museum and Japanese Garden on Mirror Lake. Be sure to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival in late April or during the peak fall colors in October.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Buffalo AKG Art Museum offers a world-class modern and contemporary art experience on the edge of Delaware Park.

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Bar Bill Tavern Clarence
Bar Bill Tavern in Clarence, Beef on Weck with Buffalo Wings

Dinner

Stay in Buffalo long enough to enjoy dining at Left Bank, Ristorante Lombardo, or Anchor Bar. Or, as you return to Rochester, stop in Clarence at Morluski’s, El Ranchito Mexican, or Bar-Bill Tavern.

Evening

Enjoy a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performance at Kleinhans Music Hall, a world-class, mid-century modern architectural masterpiece beside a reflecting pool that mirrors the Mary Seaton Room’s curved façade. The water, drained in the fall and filled in the spring, is dyed black to increase its reflectivity.

Signature Events

Dyngus Day

April

Buffalo transforms into America’s Dyngus Day capital on the Monday following Easter. The Polish American community invites everyone to join in the fun and celebrate the end of Lent, the joy of Easter, and spring’s arrival. Festivities include parades, Polka music, pierogi, and playful pussy willows. Broadway between Memorial Drive and Fillmore Avenue

Cherry Blossom Festival

late May

The Buffalo History Museum and Japanese Garden at Delaware Park host one of the most beautiful spring festivals in Western New York. This event is a perfect way to celebrate spring, featuring stunning cherry blossoms and a picturesque location on Mirror Lake.

Allentown Arts Festival

mid-June

Wander with the crowds along historic Allen Street and enjoy live music, delicious food, and the opportunity to purchase unique pieces from local and regional artisans. This festival is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Buffalo’s culture and creativity. Allentown Historic Preservation District

Taste of Buffalo

early-July

Recently awarded the top spot in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best City Food Festival, the nation’s largest two-day food festival is downtown along Delaware Avenue. It features more than 40 restaurants and food trucks from Buffalo and Western New York and several wineries. Admission to the festival is free; purchase tickets for tastings.

Garden Walk Buffalo

late July

With over 300 private and public gardens in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village and Parkside neighborhoods on display, Garden Walk Buffalo is the most extensive self-guided garden tour in the United States.

Erie County Fair

mid-August

Established in 1819, the Erie County Agricultural Society organizes the annual 12-day fair in Hamburg, which features the World’s Largest Demolition Derby. It is said that the creation of the hamburger can be traced back to the 1885 Erie County Fair.

National Buffalo Wing Festival

Labor Day weekend

At Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, the home of the Buffalo Bills, enjoy this two-day festival celebrating Buffalo’s most famous invention and America’s favorite appetizer. Wingfest features dozens of local, regional, national, and international eateries serving captivating combinations of flavor and heat. You’ll find live music, chicken wing eating competitions, a celebrity sauce competition, bobbing for wings, and the United States Buffalo Wing Eating Championship.

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