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Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours
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Discover WNY’s Rich History with Explore Buffalo Tours

 

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of June events. 

Space is limited for each tour and advance reservations are encouraged. Most tours are approximately 90 to 120 minutes in length and are held rain or shine. Participants are asked to dress for the weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes. Please visit www.explorebuffalo.org, call 245-3032 or email explore@explorebuffalo.org to make your reservation today!

Lincoln Parkway

Sunday, June 1 • 1 to 3 p.m. 

Tickets $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Rose Garden, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to be the principle approach to the jewel of his Buffalo park system, Delaware Park, Lincoln Parkway is one of the most beautiful streets in Buffalo. The homes along Lincoln Parkway, constructed in the early part of the 20th century by some of Buffalo’s wealthiest families, represent a wide variety of architectural styles. This tour will be a “walk in the park” as guests explore the neighborhood and the stories of the families who have lived there! 

Allentown Mob Tour 

Friday, June 6 • 7 to 9 p.m. 

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Cafe 59, 62 Allen St., Buffalo 

How did a Rembrandt painting stolen from a French museum find its way to Buffalo? Or how did one Buffalo mobster get the nickname “Lucky Pants”? Find out on the Allentown Mob Tour! This tour is adapted from Mike Rizzo’s book, “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo,” and was previously operated as part of Naked Buffalo Tours. Come on this tour and receive a special deal for a free glass of beer or wine with the purchase of a sandwich or entree at Cafe 59!

Grant Street Revival

Saturday, June 7 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: 212 Grant St., Buffalo

This tour is a collaboration between Explore Buffalo and Journey’s End Refugee Services. Grant Street is a rapidly transforming commercial street, led by refugees and immigrants coming to Buffalo from around the world. You’ll meet several refugees and recent immigrants who are making positive change in their neighborhood through small businesses. Their stories before arriving in Buffalo are far outside the origin stories of most Buffalonians! 

Midtown Buffalo 

Saturday, June 7 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Linwood Avenue & Bryant Street, Buffalo

The focus is on excellent examples of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, including two automobile showrooms, a former orphanage and factories. Guests will also see Victorian homes and learn about the families who lived there. Learn about a new art and technology center that is housed in the former home of the Buffalo Electric Vehicle Company. 

Masters of American Architecture Walking Tour 

Saturday, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.      

Tickets: $10; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: The Archer Restaurant, 268 Main St., Buffalo

See signature works by some of America’s greatest architects and learn about the prominence of Buffalo on a national scale at the turn of the 20th century. Buildings included as part of this tour include St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Old County Hall, Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ellicott Square Building and the Old Post Office. Receive 10 percent off your meal following the tour at The Archer Restaurant! 

Down by the River

Sunday, June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: 170 Ohio St., Buffalo

Buffalo grew from the water’s edge, as the Erie Canal and later the railroads brought unprecedented commerce and industry to the city. This waterfront walking tour will explore some of the oldest neighborhoods of Buffalo, many of which have gone through numerous transitions and are in the midst of yet another change as the city returns its focus to the water. Featured as part of the tour are the Erie Canal and the development of the grain elevator, Old First Ward neighborhood and immigration to Buffalo, Cobblestone District and waterfront industry, and railroad history including the DL&W and NY Central. Please note that Ohio Street is currently closed from Michigan Avenue to Louisiana Street for construction; use the posted detours and plan to avoid Ohio Street when arriving for this tour. 

Canisius College Neighborhood Walking Tour 

Sunday, June 8 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St., Buffalo

The varied history of the area around Canisius College includes a quarry, a stone farmhouse and a 19th century horse racing park. Visit the campus and see streets on the newly appointed Hamlin Park Historic District.

Buffalo Classics Walking Tour

Friday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $10; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

This downtown walking tour showcases many of Buffalo’s best local architects who designed some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Buildings included as part of this tour include the Market Arcade, Buffalo Savings Bank, Electric Tower, Hotel Lafayette and City Hall.

Twentieth Century Behind the Scenes Tour

Friday, June 13 • 3 to 5 p.m. 

Tickets: $40 (a wine and cheese reception will be included), reservations required

Meet: 595 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

E.B. Green designed the home for one of America’s most historic private women’s clubs to be a model of classical decor. Guests have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost and other leading figures. Space is limited, so reserve today!  

Silo City: Vertical

Saturday, June 14 and Friday, June 20 • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Tickets: $45; $40 for student with valid student ID

Meet: Silo City, 120 Childs St., Buffalo

This tour includes lunch on the dock along the Buffalo River following the tour. Space is limited and reservations are required. An experience unlike any other tour in the world! Silo City: Vertical will take you to the top of the American and Perot complexes. Approximately two and half hours in length, you will experience all of the history and mechanics of the grain elevator, as well as the malt production process in the Perot malthouse. A look at some of the regenerative projects ongoing at Silo City is included. Please note that this tour is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Participants must be physically able to go up approximately 10 stories of stairs and a short interior ladder to reach the top – and then come back down!  

Please note that Ohio Street is currently closed from Michigan Avenue to Childs Street due to construction; follow the posted detours and allow additional time to arrive at the tour.

Silo City Vertical Sunset Tour 

Wednesday, June 11 and June 18 • 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $45; $40 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Silo City, 120 Childs St., Buffalo, NY

See description for Silo City: Vertical tours. Includes dinner on the dock along the Buffalo River as the sun sets following the tour. Reservations required. 

Hamburg Architectural Gems

Saturday, June 21 • 1 to 3 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Corner of Union and Buffalo streets in the Village of Hamburg 

Join us on this walking tour of the Village of Hamburg, one of the Buffalo area’s picturesque villages. A longtime center for the surrounding agricultural community and the home of the Erie County Fair since 1868, Hamburg boasts a distinguished collection of residential, commercial and public buildings. A recent streetscape improvement program has greatly improved the setting for a wide variety of architectural styles, from Italianate to Romanesque Revival.

Delaware Avenue Midway

Saturday, June 21 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Historically the most prestigious address in Buffalo, Delaware Avenue is full of historic and architectural treasures. On this tour of the section of Delaware Avenue from Tupper to Allen streets, enjoy mansions, churches and the street’s only collection of rowhouses. This tour will begin with a tour inside Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and Babeville, the former Asbury United Methodist Church. The tour also includes special interior access to the Katharine Pratt Horton House, home to the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Hidden Gems of the Delaware District

Sunday, June 22 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: Coffee Culture, 448 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo 

The streets surrounding Delaware Avenue were and are highly desirable places to live.  Take a walk around the block to discover stories of the Goodyear family compound, luxury apartment buildings, and homes on Linwood Avenue, Summer Street and Oakland Place. A stop inside a Queen Anne mansion is planned.  

West Side Mob Tour

Sunday, June 22 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.   

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Providence Social Restaurant, 490 Rhode Island St., Buffalo 

Buffalo’s West Side was once a hotbed of mob activity and government surveillance as law enforcement tried to make a dent in the criminal underworld, often with little success. Find out how the mob succeeded at eluding the government men for decades on this entertaining tour. This tour is adapted from Mike Rizzo’s book, “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo,” and was previously operated as part of Naked Buffalo Tours.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Walking Tour

Thursday, June 26 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo

Learn about the upcoming multi-million-dollar additions to the campus, including the UB Medical School and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. This route includes interior visits at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute, UB’s Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and other buildings along Buffalo’s “medical corridor.”

Art of the Subway

Saturday, June 28 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID  

Meet: University Station, 3435 Main St., Buffalo

Buffalo’s Metro Rail system is an oft-overlooked treasure trove of modern art! Each station features unique artwork by a wide variety of artists, which will be seen on this tour as you travel from one end of the Metro Rail system to the other, getting off at each station along the way. Metro Rail fare is not included in the tour price and must be purchased separately.

Delaware Avenue Mansions

Saturday, June 28 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

The richest of the rich in Buffalo put their wealth on full display on this section of Delaware Avenue, home to the grandest collection of mansions built in the city. Marvel at these grandiose monuments to the Gilded Age and enjoy the intriguing stories of the families who built them – many were related – on this tour of Delaware Avenue from North to Bryant streets. Interior access to one of the mansions, which has been converted into other uses, will be included in the tour.  

Black Rock

Sunday, June 29 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Market Square Park, corner of Niagara and Amherst streets, Buffalo 

One of the earliest villages established on the Niagara Frontier, Black Rock has a history all its own including its role in the War of 1812, the competition to be the terminus of the Erie Canal, site of one of the first railroad lines and spring-fed public water systems, and home to a variety of immigrant groups. The tour includes walking 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.

Cottage District

Sunday, June 29 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo 

Little Summer Street has the most picturesque cottages in the city. Explore this and other streets off “The Avenue,” the Olmsted-planned street now known as Richmond Avenue. Interior visits include First Presbyterian Church and Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

Larkinville Walking Tour

Wednesday, June 11 • 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Corner of Seneca and Van Rensselaer streets, Buffalo

Larkinville is the reborn former home of the Larkin Soap Company. In the early 1900s, the Larkin Company was one of the largest mail order companies in the country, and one of its executives, Darwin D. Martin, was responsible for bringing Frank Lloyd Wright to Buffalo. Today, the former Larkin factories and warehouses have been brought back to life and the area is bustling with activity once again. Join us to explore the Larkin Company’s past, including interior visits to several former Larkin buildings, while enjoying the revitalized neighborhood.

Elmwood Village Victorians

Saturday, June 14 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Coffee Culture, 448 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Exploring the streets and neighborhood in and around the Elmwood Village, guests will see a varied assortment of architectural styles and details. Discover 100-year-old houses, apartment buildings, businesses and more. An interior visit of a Richardsonian Romanesque church is planned. 

Grant-Amherst Neighborhood

Date & Time TBD 

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID 

Meet: Corner of Amherst and Bridgeman streets

This neighborhood celebrates resurgence in business and mixed-use development, including a former hardware store, bank and firehouse. Guests will also walk part of the paved path along Scajaquada Creek that was once railroad tracks. Learn about the importance of the area’s industries and the Belt Line Railroad.

Silo City: Grounded

Sunday, June 22 • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 to 3 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $5 for students with valid student ID

Meet: Silo City, 120 Childs St., Buffalo, NY

At ground level, experience the monumental scale of the grain elevators constructed in Buffalo in the first half of the 20th century, and also see how they are now being repurposed. 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. You will also see new projects, including Elevator B and Silo City Rocks. 

 
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