The region’s commercial and cultural center is the City of Buffalo, located in Erie County on the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River. Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State after New York City. In addition to serving as the region’s business hub, you’ll find that Buffalo is a terrific place to live and play. There are myriad residential options as well as museums, theaters, schools, galleries, sports venues, restaurants, shops, and much more. All of our region’s major league sports teams play in Erie County, as well as several minor league and collegiate teams. www.visitbuffaloniagara.com
Niagara County is home to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and a wonder of the natural world: Niagara Falls. Love great food and wine? You’ll also find thriving farms, vineyards, orchards, cider mills, and wineries (including producers of world-renowned ice wine) along the Niagara Wine Trail. Beautiful towns and villages, miles of biking and hiking trails, outstanding schools, and dozens of arts and cultural destinations are here, too. Historic cities like Lockport grew around the Erie Canal, and this waterway still runs through Lockport’s downtown center. Lewiston is a charming and historic village on the Niagara Escarpment, where the Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario. In addition, dozens of other historic sites, public and private higher-education institutions and one of the longest-running hydroelectric power plants in the country are also here in Niagara County. www.niagara-usa.com
Allegany County is home to Alfred University, Alfred State College, and Houghton College’s main campus, providing exciting cultural venues and educational opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages and interests. With its hilly terrain and abundant farmland, it’s a perennially popular destination for cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain-biking, and golfing, and the dozens of freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams that meander here make it a haven for boating and fishing.
Cattaraugus County is known as the “Enchanted Mountains” area, and it’s the heart of the Southern Tier’s ski country. You’ll find year-round fun with golf and skiing at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, dubbed “the Aspen of the East.” Nearby HoliMont is the largest private ski area in the country, with over 50 miles of trails. In addition, Allegany State Park’s 65,000 acres of forests, streams, and trails make it one of the largest in the New York State Park System. You’ll also find St. Bonaventure University in nearby Olean. www.enchantedmountains.com
Chautauqua County, in southwest Buffalo Niagara, is a favorite of summer visitors to Chautauqua Lake, one of dozens of inland lakes in the Western New York region. The world-renowned Chautauqua Institution—a recreation, education, arts, and philosophy campus on Chautauqua Lake established in 1874—hosts more than 2,000 events each summer. Distinguished lecturers and teachers include past U.S. presidents and internationally renowned artists and writers.
In summer, visitors also enjoy miles of beaches along Lake Erie as well as visits to historic Lily Dale, home of the country’s largest spiritualist community along Upper Cassadaga Lake. Other attractions include the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown—Lucille Ball’s hometown.
State University of New York schools Fredonia State College and Jamestown Community College are here in Chautauqua County, providing key synergies for the county’s significant investments in environmentally sustainable business development and revitalization in the City of Dunkirk and throughout the county. www.tourchautauqua.com
Centrally located between Buffalo Niagara and Rochester, Genesee County’s largest city, Batavia, is undergoing significant revitalization with a focus on dairy and other sustainable agriculture as well as green energy technologies. The area’s natural beauty is preserved through thriving family-owned farms and agricultural cooperatives, and Genesee Community College supports lifelong learning here. www.visitgeneseeny.com
Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and more await in lovely Orleans County, which offers waterways like Lake Ontario, Oak Orchard Marina, and the Erie Canal. With abundant freshwater and sunshine, agriculture is the primary industry, and much of the county is dotted with corn, maple, apple, berry, and other produce farms. The charming villages of Albion and Medina offer cafes, galleries, and antique shops. www.orleanscountytourism.com
Wyoming County is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts with miles of trails and rivers as well as Letchworth State Park, the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Agriculture is the county’s primary industry, and it’s a leader in dairy and maple production. The region’s abundant natural resources also support green energy technologies as well as advanced manufacturing and precision agriculture. www.gowyomingcountyny.com
Back in the 1800s, the Erie Canal was a thriving waterway connecting the Great Lakes to New York City. The canal’s western terminus in Buffalo made the city a hub of commercial activity. Today, this same area—now known as Canalside—has been rediscovered (literally, as the terminus was buried for decades) and revitalized. Canalside has quickly become a waterfront destination, with daily free and low-cost events, from craft beer tastings to waterside yoga classes. In summer, you’ll find people picnicking and playing games on the rolling lawns; kayaking, paddle-boarding, and sailing in the surrounding waterways; and enjoying evening concerts, fireworks, and cultural events. And if you think things slow down in winter, think again; the canal becomes an urban outdoor ice skating (and ice bike) rink filled with people day and night.
Just steps from Canalside is the Central Business District, which is home to several of Buffalo’s largest private- and public-sector employers. You’ll find beautiful architecture throughout, such as Buffalo’s Art Deco-era City Hall, the Ellicott Square Building, and the Guaranty Building, designed by Louis Sullivan, known as the father of modern American architecture. Many of the district’s historic buildings are now residential and mixed-use properties, including the Hotel at The Lafayette (designed by Louise Bethune, the nation’s first female architect).
Small in size but packed with activity, this enclave next to the Central Business District has recently undergone major redevelopment, with loft apartments in renovated factories, restaurants, and exhibition spaces for visual and performing arts. Here’s where you’ll find KeyBank Center, a venue for top-name concerts and home of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres and our professional lacrosse team, the Buffalo Bandits. It’s also home to Harborcenter—a mixed-use sports and entertainment venue. Just across the Buffalo River is RiverWorks, a redeveloped industrial grain-elevator compound featuring a concert venue, restaurant, and brewery that hosts amateur hockey, curling, roller derby, and other special events.
Eclectic and energetic, Allentown is known for its art, music, and food venues as well as its charming historic homes. One of Buffalo’s best-loved events, the Allentown Art Festival, is held each June, while Allentown’s art gallery walk, known as “First Fridays,” has grown into a popular monthly event. In addition, Allentown is home to the Theatre of Youth in the historic Allendale Theater and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. At the foot of Allen Street stands the brand-new University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences—an anchor to the sprawling and innovative Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Black Rock is located along the Black Rock Canal and was an independent and bustling waterfront town before incorporation with Buffalo in 1853. Riverside is just past Black Rock, where the canal meets the Niagara River. These abutting neighborhoods include families who have called them home for generations and newcomers discovering this affordable area’s proximity to waterfront bike paths and greenways, including Riverside Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm. Niagara Street is experiencing a renaissance of its own with new mixed-use building renovations, loft apartments, breweries, and restaurants.
The Delaware District centers on Delaware Avenue, with beautiful mansions dating back to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. At its core is Delaware Park, the centerpiece of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s Buffalo Parks System (he also designed New York City’s park system). This area encompasses the city’s Museum District, with the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Buffalo History Museum. Other amenities such as Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, historic and beautiful Forest Lawn Cemetery, and the Buffalo Zoo make this a popular area.
Hamlin Park, within Buffalo’s East Side, is home to Canisius College. This neighborhood and the surrounding blocks include many historically significant homes and houses of worship, another Olmsted-designed park (Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, known locally as MLK Park, with one of the most popular year-round wading and ice-skating pools), and the Buffalo Museum of Science. With significant investments in surrounding neighborhoods and its easy commute to downtown, the East Side is reemerging with affordable and exciting residential redevelopment and business opportunities.
Nearly 200 shopping, arts, dining, and leisure destinations fill the storefronts and make this area a residential and entertainment favorite. Highlighted as one of America’s “most livable neighborhoods” by the American Planning Association, EV’s beautiful housing, year-round farmers’ market, “pocket parks” and parkways, and miles of bike lanes make it easy and fun to live and play here. Within or near this neighborhood—which also borders Delaware Park and the Museum District—are several colleges, including Buffalo State College (State University of New York), Medaille College, and Canisius College.
One of Buffalo’s most historic neighborhoods, the Fruit Belt takes its name from the orchards planted by its first settlers. This predominantly residential neighborhood is home to families and professionals—many who have lived there for generations. Its proximity to the Medical Campus and the Central Business District make it a convenient option.
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is a dynamic place to live, work, and play. Home to world-class hospitals, research institutions, and education facilities, the BNMC has benefited from Buffalo’s entrepreneurial spirit with more than 120 private sector companies located within its boundaries as well as brand new housing options. BNMC is also home to several University at Buffalo buildings, including the new and state-of-the-art Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The vibrant and growing neighborhood known as Larkinville is favored by people of all ages who attend its many restaurants, bars, concerts, and events. It centers on the historic and redeveloped Larkin Terminal Warehouse, now called Larkin at Exchange, and several other large-scale industrial buildings are under renovation as mixed-use and residential properties.
With Hertel Avenue at its heart and Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo within an easy walk or bike ride, North Buffalo is a perennial favorite for its wonderful mix of Buffalo restaurant and bar mainstays as well as a vibrant retail hub with an eclectic mix of antiques, clothing, furniture stores, and ethnic markets. This neighborhood is also home to the historic North Park Theater, a much-loved and gorgeously restored 1920s movie theater.
On the eastern border of Delaware Park, this beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood was planned as a residential area by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1883. Parkside also includes the Buffalo Zoo, the Darwin D. Martin House—one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s best examples of Prairie-style architecture—and Nichols School, one of Buffalo’s most prestigious private schools. .
While South Buffalo’s Irish-American roots are proudly reflected in the street signs and pubs here, it’s a diverse and bustling neighborhood with two Olmsted Parks: Cazenovia Park and South Park. South Buffalo is also home to Trocaire College, the renowned Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and Tifft Nature Preserve, a popular urban woodlands and wetlands refuge.
This largely residential waterfront enclave next to Canalside is also home to the Erie Basin Marina’s bikeways, walkways and gardens, and the Naval Military Park.
Buffalo’s West Side neighborhood includes the Lower West Side and West Village Historic District areas, and it’s one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods in Buffalo, with a growing number of businesses specializing in ethnic foods, clothing, art, and more. It’s also home to historically significant buildings, including Kleinhans Music Hall (designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen) and the emerging Richardson Olmsted Complex designed by H.H. Richardson. Waterways form its western border, and it’s flanked by the Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo to Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada.