Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Buffalo Activities to Share With Out-of-Town Guests

If you're at a loss for what to do with your out-of-town guests this winter, consider the options below, organized by interest.


The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site takes you back to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. You'll see where Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated and where he wrote his first official proclamation as President of the United States. In December, the house is decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, admission is $5 (regular admission is $10 for adults).

Further north at the Castellani Art Museum, the Freedom Crossing exhibit tells the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in Buffalo Niagara. The museum is located on the campus of Niagara University and admission is free.


The Albright-Knox Gallery is a must-see for art enthusiasts whose tastes lean toward modern art. Public tours are on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person.

Shutterbugs will enjoy the CEPA Gallery, a downtown museum dedicated to the art of photography. Admission is free. The College Street Gallery in Allentown also specializes in photography and is open Wednesday - Friday.

Literature & Books

Take the book lover in your family to see the original handwritten manuscript of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The manuscript is displayed at the downtown library's Mark Twain Room. Admission is free.

Less than a mile away, browse the shelves downtown at Old Editions Book Shop. The store carries second hand books, antique maps and vintage magazines.

Cars & Trains

Take a peak inside the newly renovated Pierce-Arrow Museum. Its collection of historic cars include a 1902 electric carriage, a 1909 Thomas Flyer and a 1918 Pierce Arrow 7-passenger touring car. The museum is open Thursday - Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults.

For a kid-friendly activity, hop aboard the North Pole Express at the Arcade & Attica Railroad. You'll journey through the snow-covered countryside, pulled by a vintage 65 ton General Electric Center-Cab locomotive. Kids can visit with the elves and jolly St. Nick himself at Santa's Workshop. Tickets are $16 per person.


Just because there's snow on the ground, doesn't mean you can't hit the green. Play miniature golf ($5 per person) at the The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome or tee off at the driving range. The golf dome is open daily.

For hockey lovers: take in a Sabres game, or for the budget conscious, opt for Atlantic Hockey instead. Local teams include Canisius and Niagara University.

Arts & Crafts

At Creative Essence in Clarence, drop by to make a craft or sign up for a workshop in knitting, jewelry making, felting and more.

Seamstresses can take a class at Elmwood Village Fabrics, while knitters can drop by the Elmwood Yarn Shop on Hertel Avenue for a $5 open lesson.


For the cook who loves to shop, check out Penzy's Spices on Elmwood and D'Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars & More, which has locations in Buffalo, Williamsville, Lewiston, East Amherst and Ellicottville.

At Delish! on Amherst St. in Buffalo, you'll find the perfect stocking stuffer. Choose from cooking gadgets, gourmet sauces, spices and marinades. Delish! also offers cooking and baking classes.


Catch up with your family or friends at the White Linen Tea House in North Tonawanda. Afternoon tea includes a garden salad, tea sandwiches, fresh scones, and fruit.

For a more casual experience, Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora serves up artisan breads and pastries and features seasonal foods in its cafes. Sunday brunch features live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you're craving cupcakes, you'll find red velvet, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes at Swirls Market Cafe, also in East Aurora. Special flavors change daily (a schedule is available on their website).

Updated to Add:

Buffalo ComedySportz is recommended by Heather Sue Boyer, who says, "It is fun for everyone! Date night, birthday, family night, girls/guys night...everyone should check it out! I guarantee you will have a great time!" ComedySports describes itself as family-friendly improvisational comedy, played as a sport. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays, and tickets are $5-$10.

Where do you plan to take your out-of-town guests?

1 comment:

  1. Love this list! And we love Buffalo in the winter! Thanks!


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