“Only knuckleheads – and the obstinately unenlightened – write off Buffalo, N.Y., as nothing more than a winter icebox and the birthplace of a certain sports-bar delicacy.”
— The Wall Street Journal
Back when Buffalo was a fast growing 19th century boom town, a decision was made that would forever change the city—town planners called in legendary landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, to design our parks and parkways. Buffalo has been running on flower power ever since; the city’s parks and gardens have helped sow the seeds of its rebirth. In fact, each year, Buffalo hosts the nation’s largest private garden walk with over 400 gardens, Garden Walk Buffalo, part of a summer-long celebration of all things green. And a proper flora tour would not be complete without a visit to the expansive Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.
For those looking for something wilder, Letchworth State Park and the Tifft Nature Preserve are nearby. Or hike to the eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge, venture to beautiful Akron Falls or camp, cycle or cross-country ski at Sprague Brook – all beautifully maintained county parks. No nature lover could leave town with a clear conscience without having visited the state’s largest Beech tree in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. But if nothing less than a natural wonder will do, Niagara Falls State Park never disappoints, while downriver, Devil’s Hole State Park offers stunning views of the Niagara Gorge.
Interested in embracing your inner green thumb in Buffalo? Here’s an itinerary just for you!