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Buffalo attracts thousands of tourists and passer-bys to Niagara Falls each year. Whether it's to see Lake Erie or tour the historic sites, Buffalo, NY has something to offer every visitor.
Zoo and garden fans will enjoy touring the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, the third oldest zoo in the nation. It sits on 23 acres and features more than 1,000 animals from around the world. There are amazing gorillas, lions, tigers and more - all in natural settings! And, this zoo wouldn't be complete without a herd of buffalo!
Garden lovers will also adore the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, where breathtaking colors are revealed from plants, flowers, cacti and herbs in a Victorian-style greenhouse with a glass dome.
History buffs will enjoy the many museums and historic sites of Buffalo New York. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo New York has a mansion from the early 1900s with interesting exhibits detailing the life of former president, Theodore Roosevelt.
Some other museums and historical sites in the area include the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo City Hall, Darwin D. Martin House, Pierce-Arrow Museum, African-American Cultural Center and the Buffalo Fire Historical Museum.
For a taste of nature, a visit to the Tifft Nature Preserve offers boardwalks, hiking trails, bird-watching and more. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular.
Those who like to shop (and eat) can spend a day at the Broadway Market. There are more than 40 produce counters, delis, bakeries, candy stores, poultry or meat stands, unique shops, restaurants and more! The Broadway Market is also a magnet for car shows, festivals and other events year round.
When in Buffalo, visitors can take a quick drive to see the astounding Niagara Falls (Canadian or American falls). A camera is a must!
Buffalo, New York is a gorgeous city situated on Niagara River, a river connecting to the great Lake Erie. Often known as the "City of Light" or "The Queen City," Buffalo had an estimated population of 282,864 as of 2004 and is the county seat of Erie County. Nearby cities include Niagara Falls, Amherst, Fort Erie (ON), Kenmore and Cheektowaga.
In both 1996 and 2002, Buffalo was named "All-America City," an award given to cities where its citizens are actively involved in city and government projects to better the city's communities. The All-America City Award was started by the National Civic League. Buffalo, NY was also named the third cleanest city in America by Reader's Digest in 2005, and was labeled the "City with a Heart" by USA Today in 2001.
Buffalo's beginnings date back to the 18th century when European-Americans first arrived. The growth was slow at first, but picked up when Buffalo became the western terminus of the Erie Canal. By the 19th century, Buffalo had grown to be one of the nation's leading cities. It had also become the largest inland port in the country. In 1957, the Saint Lawrence Seaway was opened and dramatically reduced the water traffic in Buffalo New York.
Buffalo is often called the "City of Light" because of its connection with early electricity. It was the first city to enjoy widespread electric lighting thanks to the nearby Niagara Falls, which still generates power for surrounding cities today!
Today Buffalo is a cultural, medical and educational center with beautiful scenery and an easy connection for tourists and travelers to Ontario, Canada.
More information about Buffalo, New York USA can be found at the city's Web site.