29 Picture Perfect Spots in WNY

City Guide, Culture & Arts, Lifestyle, Visit Buffalo & WNY


Written by Courtney Kelly

Published on May 6, 2022
Photo x Casey William Milbrand
Photo x Casey William Milbrand

Alright, hear me out, who doesn’t love a perfect photo-opp? Buffalo is one of those cities with plenty of instagram-worthy spots everywhere you turn. If you’re looking for a place to take wedding photos, prom photos, or even just to selfie (no judgement here) this is the guide for you! From scenic nature backdrops to colorful building murals, WNY has so many spots to create the perfect aesthetically pleasing photos.


Nature Scenes

Cherry blossom Festival - Mothers Day
Cherry Blossoms / Step Out Buffalo

1. Japanese Garden in Delaware Park

1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216

This garden has the perfect amount of greenery, and if you visit at the right time of year, some light pink cherry blossoms to add the perfect pop of color to any photo!

2. Knox Farm

437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052

Knox Farm has a variety of spots to take both rustic, yet elegant photos.

3. Glen Park

5565 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

Of course the main attraction of Glen Park would be the beautiful 27 ft tall waterfall, however, this park has plenty of ponds and greenery that makes the perfect backdrop.

4. Amherst State Park

390 Mill St, Buffalo, NY 14221

Right across from Glen Park is Amherst State Park. This park is perfect during golden hour in one of their many open fields, or you can travel on the many different trails to seek out the perfect spot for some darker, fairy-tail-like photos.

5. Sanborn Sunflower Field

Sanborn, NY 14132

Who doesn’t love a good sunflower field?! If you haven’t been to this sunflower field, it needs to be a top priority on your list! Just don’t forget to support your local businesses if you’re interested in taking the flowers home.


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6. Hoyt Lake

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222

With the colorful rowboats in the water, and the Buffalo History Museum appearing in the background, your pictures at Hoyt Lake will make people question if you’re even in Buffalo. This area has so much character!

7. Tifft Nature Preserve

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203

Tift Nature Preserve offers 264 acres of restored habitat with five miles of trails and boardwalks!

8. Aldinger Farms

390 Ransom Rd, Lancaster, NY 14086

This local farm is another spot to capture those hidden-gem sunflower photos. Again, just be sure to support your local businesses as you admire their products!


9. Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067

Becker Farms has plenty spots to snap the perfect rustic photo. From their barn, open fields, and vineyard you are destined to get an amazing photo.


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10. Akron Falls Park

44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001

Akron Falls Park is home of the 41 ft tall waterfall. Along with the falls the park is filled with plenty of plant life and trees!

City Vibes

11. VUE Rooftop Lounge at Curtis Hotel

210 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202

This rooftop bar gives you breathtaking views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, and the Canadian Shoreline.


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12. Silo City

120 Childs St, Buffalo, NY 14203

This one-of-a-kind location is filled with history! The historic grain elevators will give your photos a unique industrial look.

13. Larkinville

745 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210

When I think of Larkinville, I think of all of the amazing colors it has to offer (seriously, have you seen their patio furniture?!) You can capture almost any angle when you visit Larkinville. Snap a boho shot at Hydraulic Earth, or capture that perfect vintage shot in front of Swan Street Diner. The options are endless!

14. Duende Silo City

85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203

Rumor has it that this location is home to a multi-person swing-set, nuff said.

Indoor/Outdoor Opportunities

15. Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218

Need a tropical get away, but don’t have the money to leave? The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of colorful, exotic gardens and plants.

16. Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Temporarily Closed for Renovations

1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

The dramatic pillars at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery make for classic, and elegant photos. Also, inside the gallery is filled with plenty of exhibits for you and your friends to take pictures with.


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17. Richardson-Olmsted Campus

Temporarily Closed

444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213

The overall environment of the Richardson-Olmsted Campus makes me speechless. On the outside, this historic building is great for adding an urban twist to your photos. While on the inside, the building is filled with natural light that allows for the perfect snapshot.


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18. Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212

Built in 1929, the Buffalo Central Terminal was one of the country’s busiest train stations for 50 years. Although it is no longer a train station, the terminal is constantly undergoing renovation and makes a great backdrop to a photo session.

19. The Brick Hall in the Hollow

10750 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031

This unique location gives you the perfect boho vibe. The exposed brick, wood floors, and large stained glass windows set the scene for the perfect photo.


20. Hotel Lafayette

391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203

This location has five jaw dropping ballrooms, and a beautifully lit outdoor courtyard for all of your picture-taking needs.

Street Murals

Buffalo is home to many unique street murals created by incredibly talented artists. We pin-pointed some of our favorite locations below that totally need to make it on your instagram feed.


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21. Magic Buffalo Mural

1322 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

Photo x Casey William Milbrand
Photo x Casey William Milbrand

22. Lookin’ Good Mural

1472 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

23. We Are Here

1260 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216


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24. Lip Service

716 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222


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REAL TALK. It has been a while since I posted a pic. Silly, right? Why so long, Linds? I’m so inside my head with our pics that I get frustrated and just don’t post. And that hurts our analytics. It crinkles our consistency. We aren’t photographers. We don’t have the moolah to have one all the time. It’s really just us as amateurs‍♀️. And it frustrates me. . 2019 is supposed to be the year I get better at it (I know, @seekaxiom ). To get ‘that look’ in our feed. *sigh* How will I squeeze it in? Need that natural light But with both of us working full time we have limited times to get some good shots in. I feel like a failure with mediocre photos and fall in to that trap of comparing myself to others on social media…and it takes a toll. Am I an excuse-maker or just being honest and trying to work with what we got? . But when we do get to hang with the pros, we get these Glamour Shots. ☝ Our downtown fam photos for Winter 2018 were done by our unofficial-official fam photog @moonshinebuffalo Megan is amazing to work with and is so good with Chloe, too. She has a beautiful eye and we love her editing. Ya gotta call her for your next photo shoot. : @moonshinebuffalo

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25. Wildflowers for Buffalo

465 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14203

26. Greetings from Buffalo

461 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203

27. Feast

Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell

28. Dance Everyday

537 East Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211

29. Noodle in the Northern Lights

710 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202

This article was originally published in June 2019 and has been updated.

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