A Runner’s Guide to Buffalo

Buffalo is a city on the move – and we want you to move with us! So lace up your sneakers and take to the streets using our Running Guide. Conveniently passing nearby all downtown hotels, our curated routes show off the best sights that Buffalo has to offer. Magnificent architecture, breezy waterfront paths, and Olmsted-designed landscapes are just a jog (or maybe a sprint) away! Check out the map at the bottom of the page for route details:

Photo by Colin Gordon courtesy of Outer Harbor Buffalo

OUTER HARBOR – 6.34 miles

The waterfront is one of Buffalo’s greatest treasures and you’ll get to see nearly all it has to offer on this wonderful 6.3-mile run. From the Naval Park and Canalside, to Silo City along the Buffalo River, and the Lake Erie coastline along the Outer Harbor, this route has it all. Note: This route requires use of the Queen City Bike Ferry and is only accessible from May 1 – September 30. It costs $1 each way and is open 12pm-8pm on Monday – Friday.

Landmarks: Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military ParkCanalsideCity HallNiagara SquareCurtiss HotelElectric TowerLafayette SquareHotel @ The LafayetteHarborCenterMutual Riverfest ParkOld First WardSilo CityOuter HarborWilkeson PointeQueen City Bike FerryRiverWorks

THE 716 – 7.16 Miles

This route is all Buffalo! It’s strategically mapped out to the digits of our area code. You’ll see everything on this run – downtown, the Theatre District and the beautiful streets of Richmond, Chapin and Bidwell, all part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s gorgeous park system.

Landmarks: Lafayette Square • Hotel @ The Lafayette • Buffalo Savings Bank • Shea’s Performing Arts CenterTheatre District • The oldest tree in Buffalo • Forest Lawn Cemetery • Chapin Parkway • Bidwell Parkway • Delaware Park • Symphony Circle • Karpeles Manuscript LibraryTheodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic SiteThe Mansion on Delaware Avenue • City Hall • Niagara Square

CANALSIDE – 3.3 Miles

A quick jaunt through downtown Buffalo leads you to the Erie Basin Marina. Feel the cool breeze rolling in off Lake Erie as you jog past Canalside, the Naval Park and the mouth of the Buffalo River. If you time it right, you might even catch a world-famous Buffalo sunset over the water.

Landmarks: Erie Basin Marina • Buffalo 1833 Lighthouse • Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park • Canalside • HarborCenter • Sahlen Field • City Hall • Niagara Square

MEDICAL CAMPUS – 3.68 miles

Explore Buffalo, new and old, by striding past the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and landmarks such as Symphony Circle, City Hall, and the city’s oldest home in Allentown – constructed circa 1815.

Landmarks: Lafayette Square • Hotel @ The Lafayette • Electric Tower • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus • Karpeles Manuscript Library • Symphony Circle • Kleinhans Music HallFirst Presbyterian ChurchAllentown • Coit House (oldest home in Buffalo) • The Mansion on Delaware Avenue • City Hall • Niagara Square

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