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New York

Buffalo

About

Buffalo, New York, has a reputation as an industrial town, but this "Queen City" on Lake Erie has plenty to offer visitors and guests. One of the most popular Buffalo attractions is nearby Niagara Falls, where tourists can take a ride on the Maid of the Mist or watch the roaring waters from the Cave of the Winds. Within city limits, fans of the arts can tour Frank Lloyd Wright homes and listen to the world-renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. If all the sight-seeing works up an appetite, visitors can take comfort in the unique regional cuisine. As the birthplace of Buffalo wings (and the site of the National Buffalo Wing Festival), this city is proud of its culinary offerings like beef on weck, charbroiled hot dogs, and sponge candy. Flights to Buffalo land at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which depicts the history of the region in a 13,000 square foot tiled artwork.

When To Go

Perched along Lake Erie, Buffalo's weather is influenced by what's called "lake effect," where lake temperatures moderate air temperatures. The most popular time is summer, when the weather is warm, annual festivals flourish, and families are on vacation. Spring and fall bring cool but pleasant weather, colorful landscapes, and fewer visitors than summer, making them ideal times to visit. The winter brings cooler temperatures, snow, and fewer visitors, but many people come for various outdoor activities, including skiing and snowboarding south of the city in the area referred to as the "snow belt." The city gets busy during November and December because of holiday shopping and entertainment offerings including performances of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

high season: June to mid--October
low season: January to March
shoulder season: April to May, mid-October to December

Weather Information

Buffalo experiences four distinct seasons, with temperatures rarely jumping above 90 degrees or falling below zero. Summers can be mild, with breezes from Lake Erie keeping things cool and humidity low. The spring and fall typically offer bright, cool days filled with blossoming flowers or vibrant foliage. Snowfall can begin as early as November and last well into March, but the heaviest snow falls in December.

Crowd Information

The summer is the busiest, although the city rarely gets overcrowded. It may be difficult to secure a room, and roads may be blocked to vehicles during major festival weekends, including the Allentown Art Festival in June, the Taste of Buffalo in July, and the National Buffalo Wing Festival in September. The NFL Buffalo Bills' home games also tend to attract large crowds during football season.

Closure Information

Most hotels and shops remain open year-round, but some may close for major holidays. Some attractions maintain seasonal business hours and close for the winter.

When to Save

Buffalo is an affordable destination year-round, but the summer and early fall tend to be the most expensive times to visit. Prices drop for midweek. Hotel packages are offered year-round, but especially in the off-season.

When to Book

Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season. Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but book at least two to three months in advance for visits during the high season, conventions, or popular events to ensure availability.

Information provided by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau