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Nature’s Splendor Tour

Professional greenthumb? Leisurely ornithologist? Home to a legendary Frederick Law Olmsted park system and Niagara Falls State Park, Buffalo Niagara is a nature lover’s dream come true. Rolling hills, cavernous gorges, waterfront vistas, and a rich ecology combine to create the beautiful landscape of this region.

Stop at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, featuring a tri-domed conservatory set in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park.

Visit the Buffalo Zoo to see the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit, a replica of Venezuela’s Canaima National Park habitat.

The Bard comes to Buffalo! Visit during the summer to enjoy a performance of Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Visit during July and participate in Garden Walk Buffalo, featuring garden walks, open gardens, lectures and workshops.

Hike, swim, attend a nature program, or just take in the scenery as you wander through Letchworth State Park.

Ride the Virtual Gorge Elevator at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center to see rock layers formed millions of years ago.

Explore Niagara Falls State Park, experience the Falls up close at the Cave of the Winds, and ride the Maid of the Mist Boat Tours.

Prepare for a thrilling ride down the rapids of the gorge on Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours or Niagara Jet Adventures.

Feed a seal and tour the Aquarium of Niagara.

Take in a breathtaking aerial view of Niagara Falls while you dine at the Top of the Falls Restaurant.

Learn about Lake Erie and the Niagara River on an Ecological Discovery Tour from Grand Lady Cruises.

See nature in a whole different light on a “night walk” at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve.

Visit the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center and choose from a variety of fossil collecting, geology, birding, and astronomy programs.

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Dine in style at Templeton Landing as you overlook the picturesque Buffalo Waterfront.

Choose from one of four cruises at Canalside: Buffalo Harbor Sightseeing CruisesSpirit of BuffaloBuffalo River History Tours and Moondance Catamaran.

Tour the Burchfield Penney Art Center, one of only four LEED certified buildings in Buffalo.

Admire the peaceful Forest Lawn Cemetery. Stay for a tour, when costumed characters from the past come to life.

Take a break from walking to enjoy a 1900s style train ride through the countryside aboard the Arcade & Attica Railroad.

Visit Spring Lake WineryFreedom Run Winery, or another of Niagara County’s wineries for a tour and tasting.

See the Holland Land Office Museum, where 3.3 million acres of Western New York were surveyed and sold.

Things to Explore on the Nature’s Splendor Tour

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14218
(716) 827-1584
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Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14214
(716) 837-3900
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Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare Hill
Delaware Park
Buffalo, NY, 14209
(716) 856-4533
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Artpark

Artpark

450 South 4th Street
Lewiston, NY, 14092
(716) 754-4375
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Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park

1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY, 14427
(585) 493-3600
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Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
(716) 278-1070
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Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls State Park

332 Prospect Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
(716) 278-1796
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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

Niagara Falls State Park
Goat Island
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
(716) 278-1796
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Maid of the Mist Boat Tour and Observation Elevator

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour and Observation Elevator

Niagara Falls State Park
1 Prospect Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
(716) 284-8897
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Niagara Jet Adventures

Niagara Jet Adventures

555 Water Street
Youngstown, NY, 14174
(716) 745-7121
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Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14301
(716) 285-3575
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Top of the Falls Restaurant

Top of the Falls Restaurant

Goat Island Road
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
(716) 278-1794
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Grand Lady Cruises

Grand Lady Cruises

359 Ganson Street
Leaves from RiverWorks
Buffalo, NY, 14203
(716) 873-4630
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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

93 Honorine Drive
Depew, NY, 14043
(716) 683-5959
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Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve

4050 North Street
Blasdell, NY, 14219
(716) 627-4560
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Templeton Landing Restaurant

Templeton Landing Restaurant

2 Templeton Terrace
Buffalo, NY, 14202
(716) 852-7337
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Buffalo Harbor Cruises - Miss Buffalo

Buffalo Harbor Cruises - Miss Buffalo

79 Marine Drive
Erie Basin Marina
Buffalo, NY, 14202
(716) 856-6696
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Spirit of Buffalo

Spirit of Buffalo

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
(716) 796-7210
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Buffalo River History Tours

Buffalo River History Tours

44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
(716) 796-4556
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moondanceCat

moondanceCat

329 Erie Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
(716) 854-7245
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Burchfield Penney Art Center

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14222
(716) 878-6011
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Forest Lawn Cemetery

Forest Lawn Cemetery

1411 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
(716) 288-5999
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Arcade and Attica Railroad

Arcade and Attica Railroad

278 Main Street
Arcade, NY, 14009
(585) 492-3100
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Spring Lake Winery

Spring Lake Winery

7373 Rochester Road
Lockport, NY, 14094
(716) 439-5253
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Freedom Run Winery

Freedom Run Winery

5138 Lower Mountain Road
Lockport, NY, 14094
(716) 433-4136
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Holland Land Office Museum

Holland Land Office Museum

131 West Main Street
Batavia, NY, 14020
(585) 343-4727
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Nature’s Splendor Tour

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Gardening Tour

Buffalo hosts the largest garden event of its kind in the country, and our Botanical Gardens reside in a Frederick Law Olmsted designed park—just one of several parks designed by him in the area. Prepare to be amazed by the flora and fauna of the Buffalo Niagara region!

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Spirit of the Seasons Tour

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All Wright All Day

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Houses of Worship Tour

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“Toss the Textbooks” Interactive Student Tour

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Historical Treasures Tour

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