Free Activities in Buffalo

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Forest Lawn

Our Lady of
Victory Shrine &

Niagara Falls

Looking to conquer Buffalo on the cheap? We’ve got plenty of options for you to keep the fun in your vacation and the cash in your pocket!

In the city

Most locals will agree that the best vantage point of Buffalo can be found at the Observation Deck of Buffalo’s majestic City Hall. No charge! Take the elevator up to the 28th floor, along with your camera, and snap a selfie with one of the most scenic backdrops in the city.

A stop into the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center will have you well-equipped to take in Buffalo’s exquisite architecture by picking up a copy of our free Buffalo On Foot  guide.  This collection of walking tours will take you all throughout downtown, highlighting the magnificent works by some of the greatest architects of the 19th and 20th centuries who left their mark on the Queen City.

It doesn’t come anymore breathtaking than experiencing the grounds at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Wander through this 269-acre property to appreciate the lakes, hills, wildlife, trees and more. Throughout the cemetery you’ll come upon the final resting place for President Millard Fillmore, Seneca Nation Chief Red Jacket, the Superfreak himself, Rick James and countless other famous Buffalonians. If you’re willing to dip into the wallet, tours start at $15 per person.

Need a nightlife option that costs nothing? On Thursdays throughout the summer, follow the crowd down to Buffalo’s waterfront, Canalside, for free live music!

Outside the city

Browsing is cheaper than buying so head to the Village of Williamsville to do some window shopping along the boutiques that line Main Street.

Stand in awe as you admire Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica just south of the City in Lackawanna. Rivaling the great churches of Europe, OLV will leave you speechless as you explore both inside and out.

Two words: Niagara. Falls. Besides your cost to park, admission to see the Falls is absolutely free. A natural wonder for next to nothing? Wow!

— Karen Fashana