It happens. Sometimes the clouds gather in the Buffalo skies. Despite the rainy forecast, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found around town. From museums highlighting Buffalo’s storied past, galleries filled with world-famous works of art and unique shops to explore, these are our favorite things to do on a rainy Buffalo day:
Rainy day or not, the Buffalo Museum of Science is always great fun. Explore the science of nature, outer space, physics, and the human body with exhibits so entertaining, the kids will forget they’re actually learning. Visit the observatory, 3D cinema and special exhibits like Buffalo in Space or Dino Daze. Or, take a drive down to East Aurora to visit Explore & More Children’s Museum. Explore & More’s mission is to begin education from a very early age. With several workshops and exhibits geared for ages 1 and up, your kids will never want to leave.
Take a journey back in time and discover Buffalo’s place in history by visiting the Buffalo History Museum and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. The History Museum offers collections of Buffalo inventions and innovations and an in-depth look at the industrialization that made Buffalo a major American city. The TR Site puts you in the shoes of the United State’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, who took the oath of office in Buffalo following the assassination of William McKinley.
Buffalo is chock full of beautiful and historic houses. Stop in for lunch or dinner or spot of tea at the historic Asa Ransom House. This bed and breakfast in nearby Clarence is a charming and elegant experience. Tour the grounds of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces at the Martin House Complex. Currently in the final stages of a $50 million restoration, a tour gives visitors an informed perspective on Wright’s groundbreaking designs.
Lose yourself in the halls of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and gawk at hundreds of masterful works from the world’s finest painters and sculptors, including a special exhibit, Art of the Senses, opening this week. From Kahlo to Monet, Rothko to Pollock, you’ll be amazed by the Albright-Knox’s world-renowned collection. Right across Elmwood Avenue, the Burchfield Penney Art Center exhibits the best of our region’s artists and artisans.
Escape the weather outside while still enjoying the art of nature by heading to South Buffalo and taking a stroll through the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Your inner botanist will be delighted by the colorful sights and scents that fill the greenhouses – especially now that the Aquatic Gardens and Asian Rainforest are open and the flowers are always in bloom!
Shop Til You Drop
Cure the rainy day blues with a little retail therapy. From the Elmwood Village’s crafty shops and fashionable boutiques, Allentown’s eclectic galleries and trendy stores to Hertel Avenue’s perfect mix of local flair and flavor, you’ll find the ideal gift for you or your loved ones in Buffalo.
Bring a bit of Buffalo flavor home with you by visiting one of our famous chocolatiers. Whether it’s Watson’s, Fowler’s or the handful of other confection crafters, you’ll be in chocolatey heaven on a sponge candy crawl.