Tours Calendar / August 2018
Photo by Jean-Pierre Thimot
City Hall Tours
Recently listed in 100 Things to Do in Buffalo Before You Die (by Spree editor Elizabeth Licata), the free Buffalo City Hall tour covers the history of the building and architectural elements and takes you behind the scenes to view some of the best features of this art deco masterpiece.
Every weekday at 12 p.m. Buffalo City Hall (65 Niagara Square)
BUFFALO DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOURS
Visit buffalohistorytours.com or call 246-9080 for more information and to confirm dates, times, and locations
Murder Mystery Performances
Hop aboard the double decker of death every Friday and Saturday evening this summer for a killer time while you figure out “who done it” as the tour visits three local taverns.
Fridays & Saturdays in August, 6–8:30 p.m.
Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour
This unique experience explores Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future. The tour includes a 30- minute stop at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park where guests board USS The Sullivans to hear the stories of the women, men, and machines that have safeguarded freedom.
Every Sunday - Friday in August, 3:30–5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3-5 p.m.
Old and New Buffalo Tour
Explore Buffalo’s rich past and promising future on a 90-minute tour of downtown, Allentown, and the museum district. Travel to Buffalo’s most exclusive areas and go back in time during a tour around the grounds of the Richardson Complex previously known as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Also appreciate the stories of Buffalo’s redevelopment including the growth of the new Medical Corridor along the way!
Mondays–Thursdays in August, 6:30–8:00 p.m.; Saturdays 1–2:30 p.m.
Visit explorebuffalo.org or call 245-3032 for more details and to confirm dates, times, and locations.
American Masters Downtown Walking Tour
On this downtown walking tour, see signature works by some of America’s greatest architects, like Louis Sullivan & Dankmar Adler, Daniel Burnham & Co., and Richard Upjohn.
Every Sunday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in August at 10 a.m. at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.)
Presidents in Buffalo
Learn more about the United States Presidents who have played prominent roles in Buffalo’s history.
Every Tuesday and Thursday in August at 10:30 a.m. at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.)
Silo City Grounded Grain Elevator Tour
Enter the ground floor work areas of a flour mill, grain elevators, and malt house on this guided walk around the grounds of Silo City.
Thursdays August 2, 23 & 30 at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday July 26 at 11 a.m.; Fridays August 3, 24 & 31 at 10 a.m. at Silo City (120 Silo City Row)
Silo City Vertical Grain Elevator Tour
Climb to the top of the American and Perot grain elevator complexes to experience all of the history and mechanics of the grain elevators.
Thursday August 6 at 6 p.m.; Fridays August 3, 24 & 31 at 1 p.m.; Sunday August 26 at 10 a.m. at Silo City (120 Silo City Row)
Silo Spin: Grain Elevators by Bike
On this two-hour guided cycling tour, see and learn about many of Buffalo’s grain elevators—the largest collection of grain elevators in the world!
Wednesday August 1 at 6 p.m and Sunday August 19 at 10 a.m. at Riverfest Park (249 Ohio St.)
Elevator Alley Kayak Tour
Take an urban adventure on this kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators.
Saturdays and Sundays in August at 9 a.m.; Wednesday August 8 & 15 at 6 p.m. at Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.)
Concrete Central Kayak Tour
Explore sites not seen on the Elevator Alley Kayak tour, including Concrete Central grain elevator; the largest built in Buffalo.
Thursday August 2 at 6 p.m. at Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.)
Allentown Mob Tour
Walk right through a twentieth century hotspot for mob activity: Allentown, Buffalo.
Fridays in August at 7 p.m at Cafe 59 (62 Allen St.)
West Side Mob tour
Adapted from Mike Rizzo’s book, Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo, this tour explores the mob activity that once occurred in Buffalo’s West Side.
Sunday August 5 & 26 at 1 p.m.; 490 Rhode Island St.
Buffalo Sports History Walking Tour
This downtown walking tour traces the history of local major league, minor league, and college sports team, while discussing their historic stadiums and infamous players.
Wednesdays August 15 & 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday August 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Corner of Main & Perry Streets
City of Light Bus Tour
See Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Saturday August 11 and Friday August 24 at 1 p.m. at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.)
Canalside Then & Now
A bustling commercial district that thrived on Great Lakes and Erie Canal trade, this area was also known for its rowdy atmosphere. Learn about Buffalo’s Erie Canal history and see the ongoing development of this waterfront on this one-hour walking tour.
Every Wednesday and Sunday in August at 10 a.m.; Saturdays August 4, 11 & 18 at 10 a.m. at Canalside Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (125 Main St.)
Intro to Canalside
On this one-hour walking tour of the waterfront area, learn about Buffalo’s Erie Canal history and see the ongoing development of the Canalside area.
Every Monday in August at 12 noon; Fridays August 3, 10, 24 & 31 at 12 noon at Canalside Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (125 Main St.)
Estates Along the Avenue Walk Tour
Discover how some of Buffalo’s wealthiest families came to dominate this section of Delaware Avenue in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Friday August 3 at 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Ave.)
Turn of the Century Treasures
Designed by prominent local architectural firms, including Green & Wicks and Esenwein & Johnson, many buildings on this tour exemplify the Beaux Arts architectural style popular at the turn of the twentieth century.
Fridays in August at 2 p.m.; and Saturdays in August at 11a.m. at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.)
Elmwood Village Victorians
See a variety of homes in both the Elmwood Historic District West and the Elmwood Historic District East on this two-hour walking tour of the Elmwood Village. Together these two districts create the largest historic district in Buffalo.
August 1, 11 & 18 at 6 p.m.; August 4, 9 & 23 at 10 a.m at Perks Coffee (448 Elmwood Ave.)
Elmwood Village’s Albright Estate
Travel through the several blocks of the former Albright Estate to learn more about this historic district and how it developed into a residential neighborhood on this two-hour walking tour.
Thursday August 2 at 6 p.m. and Saturday August 18 at 10 a.m. at Spot Coffee on Elmwood Ave.
Main Street: Old Meets New
View the new construction sites along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as well as the exterior of finished buildings, such as the Gates Vascular Institute and Conventus, on this walking tour.
Thursday August 16 at 6 p.m. at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.)
Lincoln Parkway Walking Tour
The homes along Lincoln Parkway were constructed in the early part of the twentieth century by some of Buffalo’s wealthiest families. On this walking tour, see the homes in this area that represent a wide variety of historic architectural styles.
August 5, 18 & 26 at 10 a.m.; August 2 & 23 at 6 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Statue (199 Lincoln Pkwy.)
Cottage District Walking Tour
Built in the 1870s by English immigrants, the charming cottages of Little Summer Street create a neighborhood truly unique in Buffalo. Explore this and other streets off the Olmsted-planned street now known as Richmond Avenue.
Every Sunday in August at 10 a.m at Buffalo Rome Cafe (388 Porter Ave. at the corner of York St.)
Lockport is a canal town unlike any other on the Erie Canal. Explore the development of Lockport from the early 1800s to modern times, including the humble Quakers who founded the town, inventors who brought about economic and cultural development, beautiful architecture, and even a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Friday, August 3 at 1 p.m. at the Flight of Five Winery (Old City Hall at 2 Pine St., Lockport, NY)
Niagara Street Industrial Heritage Walking Tour
Learn about one of Joseph Ellicott’s original radial streets, Niagara Street, which runs parallel to the Niagara River, railroad tracks, and the former Erie Canal route (now the I-190 expressway). Hear the history of a street that once connected the early villages of Buffalo and Black Rock.
Saturdays August 11 & 18 at 10 a.m. at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.)
Black Rock Walking Tour
Walk across the International Railroad Bridge to see the Black Rock Lock and a stroll through the area’s residential streets to view some of the oldest housing stock in the city.
Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. at Market Square Park (266 Amherst St.)
Larkin District Walking Tour
Explore the Larkin Company’s past while enjoying the revitalized neighborhood. This tour includes a visit to the Larkin Gallery inside the Larkin Center of Commerce.
Saturdays, August 11 and 25 at 11 a.m. at Flying Bison Brewing (840 Seneca St.)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse Tour
On this one-hour tour, see both the exterior and interior of the only boathouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Every Thursday in August at 1 p.m.; Saturday August 18 at 11 a.m. at Fontana Boathouse (1 Rotary Row)
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Walking Tour
Explore Buffalo’s gleaming new development of modern medical facilities.
Thursday August 16 at 10 a.m. at Innovation Center (640 Ellicott St.)
Delaware Avenue Midway Walking Tour
Discover the historic landmarks on this tour of Delaware Avenue from North Street to Tupper Street, prominently featuring the group of Midway row houses built in these blocks in the early twentieth century.
Sundays August 5 & 19 at 10 a.m.; Tuesdays August 21 & 28 at 6 p.m. at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.)
What’s New in Buffalo by Bike
This two-hour guided bike tour explores the new developments and statues in downtown Buffalo and Canalside. The tour also stops in the bustling Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Sunday August 26 at 10 a.m. at Tim Horton statue (Main St. & Marine Dr.)
Cruise of the River Boat Tour
Take this 90-minute cruise down the Buffalo River to see waterfront highlights and hear stories from the birth of the Buffalo Harbor to its present day revitalization.
Every Wednesday in August at 6 p.m. at the Commercial Slip at Canalside (44 Prime St.)
Listen to the tales of prohibition in Buffalo on this two-hour cruise tour while enjoying the scenic views of Buffalo’s waterfront.
Wednesday August 22 at 6 p.m. at the Miss Buffalo dock (79 Marine Dr.)
Hidden Gems of the Delaware District
On this two-hour walking tour of several historic streets in the Delaware District, see beautiful homes and gardens in various architectural styles.
Thursdays August 9 & 30 at 6 p.m.; Saturdays August 1 & 25 at 1 p.m.; Sunday August 12 at 10 a.m. at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.)
This two-hour walking tour of Buffalo’s downtown area focuses on buildings designed in one of the most unique and prevalent styles of the 1920s: Art Deco.
Every Thursday in August at 2 p.m. at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.)
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S MARTIN HOUSE COMPLEX
Visit martinhouse.org or call (877) 377-3858 for more information and to confirm dates and times.
Martin House + Tours
The one-hour tour leads guests through the primary first-floor rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and the carriage house. The two-hour tour takes you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the intimate, light and art-glass filled Bursar’s Office, the Ballroom in the lower level of the Martin House, and the second floor Master Bedroom. The tour will also visit the first floor of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright’s concept for affordable housing beautifully executed.
Monday–Thursday beginning at 10 a.m., last tour at 3 p.m.; Friday–Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m., last tour at 3 p.m.
Photography + Tour
This 75-minute tour gives you exclusive access to the home during our first tour of the day. Photography is allowed inside the home for personal use only.
Saturday August 11 at 9 a.m. at Darwin Martin Complex
All Wright All Day Tour
Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wright’s residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs – both historic and newly constructed.
Friday, August 10 and Saturday August 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center
The pergola and conservatory are breathtaking at twilight, showing off the cast of the Nike of Samothrace in a unique, ambient glow.
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. August 2 and 6:30 p.m.
HULL FAMILY HOME
Visit Hullfamilyhome.com or call 681-6451 for more information and to confirm dates and times.
Revolutionary War Living History Weekend
Experience camp life of the British and American soldiers with activities such as military tactical demonstrations, musket demonstrations, skirmish, cooking, and laundry demonstrations.
August 4 & 5 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., starts at Hull Family Home (976 Genesee St., Lancaster, NY)
PRESERVATION BUFFALO NIAGARA
Visit the website at preservationbuffaloniagara.org or call 852-3300 for more information and to confirm dates and times.
Queen City Downtown Tours
This comprehensive outdoor walking tour highlights some of Downtown Buffalo’s architectural wonders and covers approximately two miles on well-paved ground.
Fridays and Saturdays through November at 10 a.m. (call for start location)
Guaranty Building Tours
Originally built in 1896, this Adler & Sullivan-designed structure is a highlight of Buffalo’s downtown architecture. See the beautiful terracotta tiles on the exterior and incredible mosaic work on the interior, and learn the history of this building, including what makes it a great preservation story.
Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. (140 Pearl St.)
SLOW ROLL BUFFALO
Visit slowrollbuffalo.org for more information.
Roll with your community on every Monday night in July! Slow Roll Buffalo is free of charge and open to all ages. Meet at 5:30 p.m. and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m.
August 6 at Mulberry St. & Carlton St.; August 13 at Parkside Lodge; August 20 at Ms. Goodies; August 27 at Kensington at Olmsted.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Visit trsite.org or call 884-0095 to confirm dates and times and reserve tickets.
Experience TR’s unusual 1901 inauguration like never before. With a combination of historically restored rooms and interactive exhibits, you’ll feel as if you are part of the events of that fateful September, while gaining a new perspective on the issues Roosevelt faced during his presidency.
One-hour tours offered daily, starting at 9:30, 641 Delaware Ave.
WILLIAMSVILLE WALKING TOUR
Visit willvill.com/historic-walking-tour for more information.
In this self-guided tour, visit a score of sights in this historic village including churches and cemeteries, as well as parks, businesses, and restaurants. An expanded guided tour may be purchased at Village Hall.
Tour starts at Island Park behind Village Hall, Village of Williamsville, 5565 Main St.