Tours Calendar / July 2018




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Spree Pick:

Martin House + Tours

Visit martinhouse.org or call (877) 377-3858 for more information and to confirm dates and times.

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.

 


 

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, 6–8:30 p.m.

 

Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Enjoy Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future on this unique experience. This tour includes a thirty-minute stop at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park where guests will board USS The Sullivans and experience the stories of the women, men, and machines that have safeguarded freedom.

Daily, 3:30–5:30 p.m.; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on July 4

 

Old and New Buffalo Tour

Explore Buffalo’s rich past and promising future on the ninety-minute tour of downtown, Allentown, and the museum district. Travel to Buffalo’s most exclusive areas and back in time for a tour around the grounds of the Richardson Complex, AKA the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Along the way appreciate the stories of Buffalo’s redevelopment including the growth of the new Medical Corridor. 

Mondays–Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.; Saturdays 1–2:30 p.m.

 

EXPLORE BUFFALO

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, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in July and Wednesdays July 11, 18 & 25 at 10 a.m..; 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 July at 10:30 a.m.; Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

 

Silo City Grounded Grain Elevator Tour

On this guided walk around the grounds of Silo City, enter the ground floor work areas of a flourmill, grain elevators, and a malt house.

Thursdays July 5, 12 & 26 at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sundays July 8 & 22 at 11 a.m.; Saturdays July 7 & 21 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.;  July 19, 6 & 20 at 10 a.m.  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.

July 5, 12 & 26 at 6 p.m.; July 6 & 20 at 1 p.m.; July 7, 8, 21 & 22 at 10 a.m. 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!

Sunday July 1 at 10 a.m.; Riverfest Park; 249 Ohio St.

 

Elevator Alley Kayak Tour

This kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators is in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak, who provides the kayaks for this urban adventure tour.

Saturdays and Sundays in July at 9 a.m.; Wednesday July 11, 16 & 25 at 6 p.m.; Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St.

 

Concrete Central Kayak Tour

This kayak tour of the Buffalo River explores sites not seen on the Elevator Alley Kayak tour, including Concrete Central grain elevator; the largest built in Buffalo.

Thursday July 5 at 6 p.m.; Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St.

 

Allentown Mob Tour

This walking tour explores a twentieth century hotspot for mob activity: Allentown.

Fridays in July at 7 p.m.; 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 July 8 & 25 at 1 p.m.; 490 Rhode Island St.

 

Buffalo Sports History Walking Tour

This downtown walking tour traces the history of local sports teams, stadiums, and players, including both major and minor league teams and college sports.

Wednesdays July 11 & 25 at 6:30 p.m. and July at 10:30 a.m. Corner of Main & Perry Sts.

 

City of Light Bus Tour

Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, which is set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Saturday July 14 and Friday July 27 at 1 p.m.; 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 well 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 Saturday and Sunday in July at 10 a.m.; Wednesday 11, 18 & 25 at 10 a.m.; 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 July at noon; Friday July 6, 13 & 20 at noon.; 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 July 6 at 1 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

 

Turn of the Century Treasures

Many buildings on this tour were designed by prominent local architectural firms, including Green & Wicks and Esenwein & Johnson, and exemplify the Beaux Arts architectural style popular at that time.

Fridays in July at 2 p.m.; and Saturdays in July at 11 a.m. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

 

Elmwood Village Victorians

On this two-hour walking tour of the Elmwood Village, see a variety of homes in both the Elmwood Historic District West and the Elmwood Historic District East, which together create the largest historic district in Buffalo.

Thursday July 5 at 6 p.m.; Saturday July 21 at 10 a.m.; Perks Coffee at 448 Elmwood Ave.

 

Lincoln Parkway Walking Tour

The homes along Lincoln Parkway, constructed in the early part of the twentieth century by some of Buffalo’s wealthiest families, represent a wide variety of architectural styles.

July 7, 15, & 28 at 10 a.m.; July 12 at 6 p.m.; 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 Avenue,” the Olmsted-planned street now known as Richmond Avenue.

Sunday July 1, 10 a.m. at the Buffalo Rome cafe at 388 Porter Avenue, at the corner of York Street. Street parking is available.

 

Downtown Lockport

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 July 13 at 1 p.m. at the Flight of Five Winery in Old City Hall at 2 Pine St., Lockport.

 

Niagara Street Industrial Heritage Walking Tour

One of Joseph Ellicott’s original radial streets, Niagara Street runs parallel to the Niagara River, railroad tracks, and the former Erie Canal route (now the I-190 expressway) and connected the early villages of Buffalo and Black Rock.

Saturday July 7 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot outside of Resurgence Brewing Co. at 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 July 7 at 1 p.m.at Market Square Park, at the corner of Niagara and Amherst Streets. 

 

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 July 14 and 28 at 11 a.m. outside Flying Bison Brewing at 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 July at 1 p.m.; Saturday July 21 at 11 a.m.; Fontana Boathouse, 1 Rotary Row.

 

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Walking Tour

Explore Buffalo’s gleaming new development of modern medical facilities.

Thursday July 19 at 10 a.m.; Innovation Center at 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 centuries.

July 5 & 31 at 6 p.m.; Sunday July 8 & 15 at 10 p.m.; 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 new and bustling Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Sunday July 15 at 10 a.m.; Tim Horton statue at Main St. & Marine Dr.

 

Cruise of the River Boat Tour

Take this ninety-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.

Wednesday July 11, 18, & 25 at 6 p.m.; Commercial Slip at Canalside, 44 Prime St.

 

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.

Tuesday July 3 & 17 at 6 p.m.; Saturday July 7 & 14 at 1 p.m.; Sunday July 29 at 10 a.m.; Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave.

 

Downtown Deco

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 July at 2 p.m.; Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

 

Spotlight Tour: Canisius High School

Discover the rich history behind one of Buffalo’s historic mansions turned into an independent Jesuit High School for young men on this in-depth, two hour and ninety minute tour of Canisius High School.

Tuesday July 31 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Canisius High School 1180 Delaware Ave.

 

Spotlight Tour: Shea’s Seneca

Learn about one of Buffalo’s historic theatres and its upcoming renovation.

Tuesday July 10 at 6 p.m.;  Shea’s Seneca, 2178 Seneca 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.

 

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.

Saturday, July 14 and Friday, July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center

 

Twilight Tour

The pergola and conservatory are breathtaking at twilight, showing off the cast of the Nike of Samothrace in a unique, ambient glow.

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., July 5 and 7 p.m., July 12, 19, and 26. Begin at the Barton House, 118 Summit Ave.

 

HULL FAMILY HOME

Visit Hullfamilyhome.com or call 681-6451 for more information and to confirm dates and times.

Whether your tour is self guided or docent led, explore and experience the home of Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull

July 1 at 1 p.m., tour starts at Hull Family Home, 976 Genesee St., Lancaster

 

ANNUAL USA NIAGARA WINE TRAIL 

Visit niagarawinetrail.org for information and tickets.

Be part of a limo bus tour of USA Niagara Wine country that includes lunch, snacks, dinner, prizes, raffles and more–all for a great cause. The bus visits several wineries, and is stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks.

July 13 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Departs from The Links at Ivy Ridge Golf Course, more information at the website.

 

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)

 

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 noon, Buffalo City Hall (65 Niagara Square)

 

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.

Mondays: July 9 at Olivencia Community Center, 261 Swan St.; July 16 at Niagara Square; July 23 at Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway Ave.; July 30 at Broadway Theatre, 512 Broadway Ave.

 

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.

 

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