Tours Calendar / June 2018
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.
Thursdays June 14, 21, & 28 at 6 p.m.
Fridays June 1 & 29 at 1 p.m.
Saturdays June 2, 16, & 30 at 10 a.m.
Sundays June 3 & 17 at 10 a.m.
Silo City, 120 Silo City Row, explorebuffalo.org
BUFFALO DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOURS
Visit the website 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.
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour
Enjoy Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future on this uniquely amazing experience. This tour includes an approximately 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.
Historic Tavern Tour
On Thursday nights, drink in the history of Buffalo’s best craft breweries, taverns, and in some cases, dive bars. Venues include Lakeward Spirits at the Barrel Factory, Flying Bison Brewery, Swannie House, Resurgence Brewery, and more.
June 7, 14, 21, 28
We’ve gathered all the best evidence of ghosts and paranormal activity in Buffalo and share it with you in a multimedia presentation that will amaze, and quite possibly, make you believe in ghosts.
Visit the website or call 245-3032 for more details and to confirm date, 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 Wednesday to Sunday in June at 10 a.m.; Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
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.
June 16 & 30 at 1 p.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, you will enter the ground floor work areas of a flour mill, two grain elevators, and a malthouse.
Thursdays June 21 & 28 at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Fridays June 1, 15 & 29 at 10 a.m.; Saturdays June 2, 16 & 30 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sundays June 3 & 17 at 11 a.m. Silo City, 120 Silo City Row
Canal District Walking Tours
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.
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 & 25 at 12 p.m.; 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.
June 1 at 1 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.
Best of Buffalo Downtown Walking Tour
Buildings seen on this tour were designed by both nationally and locally significant architects, including Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, Louise Bethune, and E.B. Green.
At 1 p.m. on Wednesdays June 6, 13, 20, & 27; Fridays June 1, 8, 22, & 29; Saturdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
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 June at 2 p.m.; and Saturdays in June at 11 a.m. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Allentown Mob Crime Tour
Through much of the twentieth century, the Allentown neighborhood was a hotspot for mob activity.
Fridays in June at 7 p.m; Cafe 59, 62 Allen St.
Downtown Mob Crime Tour
Learn about the impact the mob had on Buffalo, from daily life to major government building projects.
Saturdays in June at 4 p.m.; Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave.
Elevator Alley Kayak Tour
This kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators is in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak, which will provide the kayaks for this urban adventure tour.
Saturdays and Sundays in June at 9 a.m.; & Wednesdays at 6 p.m; Barrel Factory , 65 Vandalia St.
Buffalo Sports History Walking Tour
This downtown walking tour will trace the history of local sports teams, stadiums, and players, including both major and minor league teams and college sports.
June 9 at 10:30 a.m., June 20 at 6:30 p.m.; Main & Perry Streets
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.
June 2, 7, 10, 17, 21, & 30; Abraham Lincoln Statue, 199 Lincoln Pkwy.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S MARTIN HOUSE COMPLEX
Visit the website or call 877-377-3858 for more information and to confirm dates and times.
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.
June 29 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.
June 7, 21, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Barton House, 118 Summit Ave.
HULL FAMILY HOME
Visit the website or call 681-6451 for more information and to confirm dates and times
Meet Our Past
Meet characters from the past, and listen to the stories of people who had an impact on the development of Western New York and who shaped our history.
June 3 at 2 p.m., tour starts at Hull Family Home, 976 Genesee St., Lancaster
PRESERVATION BUFFALO NIAGARA
Visit the website 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 12 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 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.