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Shuffle Off to Buffalo – a Road Trip Near the Falls

Posted: April 27th, 2011 by
Buffalo Skyline – Wikimedia Commons Photo

 There’s more to Buffalo, New York than the “Falls”  . . . located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo has the second largest population in New York.  The city could attribute its growth to the Erie Canal and its proximity to Niagara Falls, which is the 6th most popular attraction in the world (according to Forbes Top 10 most visited attractions).  Perhaps the 1933 tune, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, with its lyrics “there’s no honeymoon that’s cheaper” aided in Buffalo’s tourism growth as well.

Buffalo is a city steeped in cultural history; From the Iroquois, who originally settled Buffalo, and Seneca Indians who were said to have destroyed the Neutral Nation (of which the Iroquois were members) to The French, who were rumored to have exclaimed, beau fleuve (translation: beautiful river) upon seeing Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  During the  War of 1812,  Buffalo was burned by British forces. On November 4, 1825 the  Erie Canal was completed with Buffalo strategically positioned at the western end of the system.

Despite these early set backs, Buffalo grew and became an economic force in the State of New York; of which tourism played an integral part .  There are plenty of attractions and things to do (some of which are shown below), plus lots of shopping excursions (evidenced by Canadian visitors just across the border).

  • Michigan Street Baptist Church (This African-American church was founded in 1845 as the Macedonia Baptist Church and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974)
  • Buffalo’s Underground Railroad (The railroad and the Macedonia Baptist Church were of historical significance during the Civil War)
  • Buffalo Zoo (The zoo, more than a century old, experienced some excitement late 2010, when Sidney, a 13-year old gorilla, gave birth to a baby boy gorilla, dubbed Tiny by zoo caretakers.  It had been 10 years since a gorilla gave birth at the Buffalo Zoo)

    Sidney is shown with baby gorilla – Flickr image by dpape

  • Wilcox Mansion (Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site)
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (The USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans, and USS Croaker are among the historic ships on display)
  • Erie Canal

Maid of the Mist – Flickr image by mahfrot

 Not only is there a lot to do and see in Buffalo; but raising a family might take center stage (Forbes rated Buffalo the 10th best place to raise a family in America) and seeking a medical profession, which is a strong economic factor with the University of Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus maintaining their growth and expansion in spite of a sluggish economy, could be a good reason to call Buffalo home.

Although, if you’re not looking to relocate, and you need a good night’s sleep while visiting this vibrant western New York City, visit www.stayhihotels.com

Schools out, now what?

Posted: May 4th, 2010 by


Niagara Falls, photo by Day Trips Canada - www.day-trips.ca/

It’s always a challenge to figure out something to do for summer vacation that will please the entire family. In my case that would be me and my nine year old son.  As a mom I want to instill an appreciation for the finer things in life- art and architecture, good food and a sense of history, not to mention awesome natural scenery. As a kid he has his own ideas of the finer things in life…Water parks and video arcades, corn dogs and lemonade. Natural scenery is good too as long as he is not required to hike, bike or otherwise engage said scenery. What can I say, despite my best efforts he is natural born couch potato techno-geek. I am thinking Niagara Falls. 

Skylon Tower, Flickr Photo by shidairyproduct

As I begin my research I think this looks promising. The official website, www.niagarafallstourism.com, touts “water parks inside hotels, Ferris wheels and kid-friendly restaurants” Well, that sounds good, and we have the non-engagable awesome scenery covered. But what about the art and architecture and history?  Skyscrapers don’t count although I am sure he will love the 775 ft. high Skylon Tower with the revolving restaurant; and it even has a game arcade!  I think this may require a little more research.

 I let my fingers do the walking and end up on www.wrightnowinbuffalo.com. This is more like it. Buffalo Niagara- a Great American Road Trip “Does great American architecture fascinate you? Are you a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. ? Does the American Arts & Crafts Movement and the work of the Roycrofters have a place in your home and heart? Do you enjoy botanical gardens and the parks of Frederick Law Olmsted? Does African American heritage and the Underground Railroad arouse your curiosity? Are you interested in American originals like artist Charles Burchfield? …Do you savor road food and hard-to-find regional dishes? “Wow, seems like I hit pay-dirt. The website offers a tour for every special interest, from cultural and history itineraries to family getaways and nature lovers. Looks like I am off and running and no matter what we decide to do, I know I will be able to find comfortable affordable lodging in the area…

Frank Lloyd Wright Greycliff, Buffalo,NY, Flickr photo by bobistraveling