Guide to Essential Things to Do When You’re Visiting Buffalo Niagara

City Guide, Visit Buffalo & WNY


Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on July 29, 2021
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New Era Field // Photo x Step Out Buffalo

It’s time to show off Buffalo’s one-of-a-kind culture to your friends and family coming from out of town… but where to begin? We’ve got some great ideas for you to make the most of your time here in the City of Good Neighbors during the fall and winter months: 

First off, a Bills tailgate! There’s no better way to experience Bills Mafia than catching a home game at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Tell your guests to suit up for the most outrageous tailgates, snow galore, and become immersed within the NFL’s most loyal fanbase!

You can find the official schedule and tickets here.  


Photo courtesy of The Great Pumpkin Farm

Get to a WNY pumpkin farm

We truly could not think of a better fall activity for you and your folks. We’ve got some of the greatest patches around- and they offer a whole lot more than just pumpkins. At some of these farms, you can catch a haunted hayride, sip on some freshly squeezed wine, pick apples and pumpkins all in one stop. We’ve included a couple of our favorites below.

You can check out our full list of Western New York pumpkin patches to visit here.

Ice Biking at Canalside
Ice Biking at Canalside / Step Out Buffalo

Experience all the winter things at Canalside

44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202 

Canalside isn’t just a summertime destination. You can experience all of the winter activities right in downtown Buffalo! We guarantee you’ll find something for your crew to enjoy at this winter wonderland. You can ice skate, curl with your group, ride the ice bikes, or ride the ice bumper cars (yes, these are for adults too). And of course, we encourage taking as many selfies as possible with the famous Shark Girl.

Resurgence Brewing Co – Chicago Street / Step Out Buffalo

Check out a local brewery

Buffalo’s craft beer scene is most notable. We are home to the best local breweries in the state; serving great beer and food in some pretty neat venues. With dozens to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something your crowd is into. To get you started, we’ve listed a couple of popular ones around town. Find the full list here.


Spend a day (or two) in Ellicottville.

Ellicottville is bustling with shops, restaurants, events, and outdoor activities! During the fall, you’ll catch some beautiful scenery with the changing leaves and rolling hills of the Southern Tier, and during the winter months add some gorgeous white, fluffy snow to the winter wonderland.

Holiday Valley (6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY) in Ellicottville is a prime destination for snow sports. You can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, tube, sled and so much more! Before the snow hits, there’s plenty of other activities to try out, including golf, bike-riding and the Sky High Adventure Park aerial ropes course, if you’re up for a challenge!

Ellicottville is filled with eclectic shops, delicious restaurants, and breweries for you to check out once you’ve exhausted your legs on the slopes. If you’re looking to make a stay out of it, there are plenty of hotels, condos and bed-and-breakfasts for you and your company!

Hit both of Buffalo’s art museums with one parking spot

The Art culture in Buffalo is truly one-of-a-kind, and we love to boast about it. In fact, we’re home to the sixth oldest public art institution in the United States. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (temporarily closed due to renovation) has an extraordinary collection of works from all around the world, that you wouldn’t even believe sit in Buffalo, NY.

General admission to view the museum is available. Additionally, they offer public tours, jazz, happy hour nights, and adult classes, Just across the street from Albright, you can explore more local artwork at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the Buffalo State College campus. 

Dapper Goose Brunch
Dapper Goose / Photo x Colin Gordon

Eat up. 

If you really want to show your out-of-towners what we’re all about, you’ll want to give them a taste of our food. Whether you go farm-to-table, pizza and wings, fish-frys, or Vegan: You can never go wrong with Buffalo food!

Head to our food & drink page to find exactly what you’re looking for. We recommend hitting at least one of the world-class wing spots around town. Boasting the best wings worldwide, you’ll want a taste to know what the hype is all about. We’ve got a full list of Buffalo’s favorite wings here

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Kelsie Engert</a>

Written by Kelsie Engert

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