Buffalo Marathon & Half Marathon
Buffalo, NY
May 25, 2014

Attractions around Buffalo

When in Buffalo, NY, it is well worth the effort to make a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex. The fabulous structures at this complex are considered by many to be the greatest "Prairie House" that the famous architect ever created. Design and completion took place between 1903 and 1905. Wright was so proud of this accomplishment that he kept the plans of the complex tacked above his drafting board for many decades after it was finished. The classic Wright art glass windows, horizontal lines and sharp angles please both followers and novices.

If the water draws you, perhaps you should consider setting sail with the Spirit of Buffalo - Buffalo Sailing Adventures. Climb aboard a classic schooner that is 73 feet in length. Help the crew hoist the sails, if you would like. Children young and old find it fascinating to sail back in time to the days when this sort of travel was common. The sunset cruise is a particular favorite. What a wonderful way to experience Lake Erie!

For the person who enjoys pieces of history, this is a must see. The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park gives visitors the opportunity to tour a huge selection of planes, ships and even a submarine. The information and exhibits provide further insight into the happenings that took place on board. A museum, tanks and helicopters all combine to make this an incredible place for families and individuals to encounter bits and pieces of history. One can go at his own pace, so time is not a major factor.

For the art buff, plans should be included to visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. Its collection of modern 20th Century paintings, as well as its fine French impressionist paintings, gain the allegiance of large numbers of visitors who return again and again. A gift shop, eatery, elevators and convenient restrooms help make the occasion a comfortable experience for everyone involved.

Photographers, whether amateur or professional, find the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens to be a setting of spectacular dimension. You do not need to be a photographer, though, to appreciate the beauty. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site boasts of breathtaking gardens. Amazingly, volunteers help tend the greenhouse that is filled with herbs, flowers, cacti and even bonsai. This building is the only remaining structure from the 1901 Pan American Exposition. It was designed by the same person who designed New York City's Central Park, Fred Olmstead, and was patterned after the Kew Garden Palm House in London.

Visitors to the Buffalo Zoo will be struck by the wonderful treatment the animals here receive. Not only are these animals kept clean and well fed, but they also have plenty of room to move around and play, without stress. This is the third oldest zoo in the country and was founded in 1875. The Rain Forest exhibit has become a favorite, with its birds, alligators and tropical plants.