Delaware Park, in the heart of Buffalo, is like the city’s very own Central Park. This year, as Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy celebrates 150 of Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision, the crown jewel of Buffalo’s Olmsted Park System is filled with sights to see, things to do and places to eat. In addition to the special festivities, here are nine suggestions of how to spend the perfect day there, from Ring Road on the park’s eastern end to along Hoyt Lake on the western end:
1. Eat and drink at the park’s new hot spot, The Terrace at Delaware Park. Overlooking the lake, the Terrace is one of Buffalo’s favorite patios. They have large dishes to share, snacks, salads, and even a raw bar that’s perfect for the summer with healthy, fresh seafood options like oysters, shrimp, ceviche, and crab.
2. Say hello to the bison at the Buffalo Zoo! The iconic animals that embody the spirit and resiliency of our city are on view from the park’s ring road, in the zoo’s southwest corner.
3. Find the stone pedestrian bridge on your walk through the park. It’s located in the Rumsey woods; if you follow the main path along the lake, you’ll run into another walkway that features a stunning stone bridge surrounded by trees and vines. On your way to see the pedestrian bridge, you’ll run into the Live Buffalo Mural just as the path begins to split off into the woods.
4. Admire the public art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, on the western edge of the park. Beautiful sculptures surround Buffalo’s world-renowned gallery of modern and contemporary art.
5. Enjoy an afternoon by renting the row boats in Hoyt Lake! For just $10 for 30 minutes, you can row your way around the lake and relax out on the water. The boats are available to rent from 4-8pm on weekdays and from 12-8pm on the weekends.
6. Ashkers in the Park is a spinoff summer stand that serves juices and great sandwiches! It’s perfect for a light, quick lunch to give you energy while you’re walking along Ring Road.
7. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a classic Buffalo summer tradition. This year the two shows are The Tempest (June 20 – July 14) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (July 25 – August 18). Pack wine, cheeses, snacks, and grab your blankets and chairs for the occasion! You can see the shows from Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm.
8. Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill (free on Monday nights) and Parkside Community Association’s Movies is the Meadow (free on Friday nights) are two film series showing kid-friendly movies throughout the summer at dusk (weather permitting). Check back as the season progresses for the full lineup of films.