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2015 Summer Tour Guide

Summer Tour Guide 2015
Explore Buffalo

1 Symphony Circle
(716) 245-3032

Explore Buffalo offers docent-led tours featuring various aspects of Buffalo’s history and culture. In the summer walking, bike, boat and bus tours are available and many tours are partnered with local restaurants. Season passes are also available. See website for more details.

Twilight Tour of Homes - June 19, 5pm-9pm. Explore beautiful homes and mansions in the Delaware and Oakland Place neighborhoods at your own pace. Advance and VIP tickets are available for purchase on the website. See website for guidebook and ticket pickup times and locations. The tour will begin at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. More info.

Silo City Vertial - This tour covers the American complex and Perot malthouse. Learn about the history and mechanics of the grain elevators as well as the malt production process. This tour lasts approximately two and a half hours and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Reservations required. More info.

Brewing Buffalo: Then and Now Bus Tour - Enjoy learning about Buffalo’s brewing history while touring several local breweries and sampling brews. Register online.

Allentown Mob Tour - Learn about the history of the mob’s activity and role in Buffalo’s history in the mob’s epicenter: Allentown. This tour is adapted from “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo” by Mike Rizzo. Space is limited. Reservations are encouraged. More info.

West Side Mob Tour - Learn about Buffalo’s West Side’s role as a hub of organized crime that frustrated law enforcement for decades. Space is limited. Reservations are encouraged. More info.

Riverfront Renaissance - This walking tour covers the history of industrial development in Buffalo, brought by the city’s commercial slip on western edge of the Erie Canal. More info.

Millionaire Mile: Delaware Avenue Mansions - Tour covers the section of Delaware avenue from North Street to Bryant Street home to some of the most glorious mansions that Buffalo has to offer. Learn about the stories of the millionaire families that built these mansions during the Gilded Age. Space is limited, reservations are encouraged. More info.

Buffalo Tours

617 Main Street, Suite 201
(716) 852-3300

Buffalo Tours arranges private group tours, step-on guides, and educational field trips on request. Tours are held throughout the year. Most publicly scheduled tours do not require reservations.

Buffalo Tours Summer Kickoff Celebration and Exclusive Tour of the ModPac Building featuring Rocco Termini - ○ Rocco Termini, developer of the Mod Pac building, will introduce this behind-the-scenes tour of this 110-year-old, landmark-turned-apartment complex. Ticket price includes lunch at the Foundry Suites. Tickets may be purchased online.

Buffalo City Hall - This one hour, guided walking tour explores Buffalo City Hall, one of the largest city halls in the United States. The tour normally includes the Council Chambers, Mayor's Office, and the Observation Deck. More info.

Queen City Downtown - Learn stories key to Buffalo’s history and culture, and see some magnificent downtown landmarks. More info.

Open Air Buffalo

14 Lafayette Square, Suite 1425
(716) 854-3749

Offers open air bus tours of architectural and historic sights.

Buffalo Whirlwind Tour - The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture offers a professionally guided tour on the Open-Air Autobus. Tour highlights Buffalo’s architectural hotspots, historical districts and the Erie Canal. More info.

Historic Waterways Tour - This is a one hour long Open-Air Autobus tour details interesting aspects of Buffalo’s history against the backdrop of Buffalo’s grain elevators. More info.

Buffalo Touring Company

One Museum Ct.
(716) 259-4887

Experience Buffalo on a Segway personal transporter. Tours are held Friday- Monday and will last approximately two hours. Participants must be at least 16 years old and between 100 and 260 pounds. All tours begin at the Buffalo History Museum located at 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216.

Buffalo Harbor Cruises

79 Marine Dr.
(716) 856-6696 | (800) 244-8684

Buffalo Harbor Cruise offer narrated informational cruises down Buffalo’s neighboring bodies of water. Public Cruises are available July through Labor Day and private cruises are available May through September.

Landmark Cruises - Runs July-August on Wednesdays 3pm.

Buffalo Harbor Cruise - Board Miss Buffalo II and travel through four bodies of water as you visit Black Rock Lock and Canal, Buffalo’s original lighthouse, and Old Fort Erie in Canada. Call (716) 856-6696 for info.

Historic Buffalo River Cruises Learn about the Buffalo River’s important role in Buffalo’s history and economy and visit the dedication sight of the Erie Canal. Reservations required.

Spirit of Buffalo

One Naval Park Cove, Canalside
(716) 796-7210

The Spirit of Buffalo offers sailing tours and cruises on a classic 73 foot topsail schooner. The Spirit of Buffalo is available May through October and for private and corporate charters, public cruises, children’s pirate adventures and educational excursions. Call for reservations.

Day Sails

Evening and Sunset Sails

Wine in the Wind - Sail and sample wines from the Niagara region.

Craft Brew Cruise

Pirate Cruise

Dinner and a Sail

Lockport Cave and
Underground Boat Ride

5 Gooding Street
(716) 438-0174 | (716) 778-8621

Explore five Erie Canal locks constructed in 1838, artifacts from the Industrial Revolution and take an underground boat ride and discover Buffalo’s history. Tickets may be purchased online.

Jet Boat Tours

(905) 468-4800

Niagara On The Lake - 61 Melville St. P.O. #1215, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Lewiston - 115 South Water St. Lewiston, New York, United States 14092

Niagara Falls - 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Learn about the history and geology of the Niagara River and then take an exhilarating trip along the Niagara Gorge and into the Devil’s Hole Rapids in either a Wet Jet or Jet Dome. Group packages are available. See website for pricing and more information.

Maid of the Mist Tour
And Observation Deck

Niagara Falls State Park
1 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 284-8897

Take a boat to the base of the American Falls and then to the Horseshoe Falls on a thirty minute tour of Niagara Falls. See website for details and pricing

Forgotten Buffalo

(716) 833-5211

Specializing in "off the beaten path tours" of the Queen City. Tours generally cost $50 per person. Price includes meal, bus transportation, docent led guided tour. prizes and giveaways. Must be 21 years of age to participate. Reservations recommended.

Last Fine Time Tour - Tour Buffalo’s historic sites and landmarks in accordance with Verlyn Kinkenborg’s The Last Fine Time

Buffalo Ethnic Tours - Tours of Buffalo's ethnic Polish, German, Italian and Irish landmarks.

Tavern Tours

Buffalo History Tours

Officer O'Connor's Vice Patrol - This 90-minute walking tour lead by Officer O’Connor takes participants through Buffalo’s Canalside district in the 1800s. Learn the stories of “The most Evil Square Mile in America” and enjoy a live action performance.

Canalside Scavenger Hunt - Discover Canalside’s history and heritage through a 90-minute scavenger hunt where you’ll solve riddles, find clues, and take pictures and videos of Buffalo’s Canalside.

Who Killed Norwood Scott? Canalside Murder Mystery - Enjoy an interactive murder mystery as you gather clues to find the killer of former Bills kicker Scott Norwood.

Canal Stories @ Canalside - Learn about the stories of those who lived and worked along this canal as well as details about the canal and why it almost wasn’t built.

Prohibition Pub Walk - Take a walking tour down the streets of downtown Buffalo and learn about the smugglers and gangsters who lived there and ran the resistance against the Prohibition movement. A pint of beer will be served at Pearl Street Grill and Hotel Lafayette.

Canalside History Ghost Walks - This walking tour details the several legends and ghosts that are said to haunt Buffalo’s Canalside.

Hotel Lafayette Tours - Learn the history of this famous hotel and the stories behind some of its most intricate details.

Buffalo River History Tours

Offers 90-minute boat tours covering the histories of Buffalo’s waterfront and Silo City. Reservations can be booked online.

Buffalo River Tour

Silo City Tour - Boat and walking.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin
House Complex Tours

125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo NY
(716) 856-3858

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous creation nestled in the historic Parkside area. See the gorgeous architecture and innovative designs that gave this building its prominence. One and two hour tours are available. Pricing and tour schedule can be found online. Reservations recommended.

BFLO Harbor Kayak Tours

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo NY
(716) 288-5309

Take a tour of Buffalo’s waterfront on a kayak or paddle board. Prices are hourly. Half day tours are available Monday - Wednesday. Prices for single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and stand up paddleboards are available on the website. Tickets may be booked online.

Buffalo Bites Food Tours

(800) 656-0713

Elmwood Village Food Tour - Tour meets near Elmwood and Cleveland Avenues. Exact location provided at time of purchase. Taste food samples from seven different local Elmwood eateries. In between stops the tour will explore Elmwood’s architecture, art and history.

Epicurean East Aurora Food Tasting & Historical Walking Tour - Narrated tour visits six different local establishments and includes a wealth of information on the history, architecture, and cultural aspects of this historical Western New York village.

Buffalo Pedal Tours

(716) 984-3834

Buffalo Pedal Tours offers paddle limos for groups to sightsee around Buffalo or visit Buffalo’s pubs and breweries while enjoying a unique social experience. Tours may be booked online.

Tours Available - Social Mixer, Private Pub Crawl, Bachelorette Party, Architectural Gems Tour, Progressive Diner.

Buffalo Niagara
Riverkeeper Water Tours

721 Main Street, Buffalo NY
(7160 852-7483

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper offers hiking, biking, and paddling tours to explore Buffalo’s waterfront. Registration may be completed online. Tour dates, times and departure locations are available on the website. Custom paddling programs are also available.

Forest Lawn
Cemetery Tours

(716) 885-1600

Tour Forest Lawn Cemetery, one of the oldest professionally-landscaped cemeteries.

Trolley Tour

Walking Tour

All Wright All Day Trolley Tour - See a variety of architectural designs by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright whose work gave Buffalo much of her rich scenery that she enjoys today.

Pan-American Exposition Trolley Tour - This tour takes participants to a variety of locations to visit historical landmarks and interactive exhibits relating to Buffalo’s 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

Moonlight Walking Tour

Artwork on the Forest Lawn Canvas Trolley Tour - Two-hour long tour detailing the stories behind many of Forest Lawn’s beautiful sculptures and fountains.

Behind the Scenes Trolley Tour - Two-hour long tour led by Forest Lawn President Joseph P. Dispenza that stops inside the historic gatehouses and visits two private mausoleums.

Historic Civil War Trolley Tour - Two-hour long tour visiting the resting places of many prominent figures of the Civil War.

Buffalo Electrified Tour - This tour focuses on the role that the advent of electricity in Buffalo’s history in 1901 and its role in Buffalo’s history and the intrigue that occurred amongst the city’s elite. Lunch is included.

Self-Guided Tours

Elmwood Village and Delaware District Self-Guided Walking Tour -

Allentown and Elmwood Amble Self-Guided Walking Tour -