A Runner’s Guide to Buffalo

By Drew Brown

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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 Runner’s Map. Conveniently passing near several 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 and follow Buffalo Niagara on the Strava mobile app for digital routes, turn-by-turn directions, and landmark locations.

OUTER HARBOR – 6.34 miles (Strava route)

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 Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It costs $1 each way and is open 12pm-8pm on Monday – Friday and 8am-8pm Saturday and Sunday.

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

THE 716 – 7.16 Miles (Strava route)

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 (Strava route)

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 (Strava route)

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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Follow Buffalo Niagara on the Strava mobile app for digital routes, turn-by-turn directions, and landmark locations.

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Drew Brown

Born in Buffalo's Historic Polonia District, raised in East Aurora, current resident of the West Side, and I'm still discovering new things in Buffalo every day. I'm proud to represent our community as the Director of Media & Content Strategy for Visit Buffalo Niagara. Let's go Buffalo!