Just in case we haven’t made it obvious enough… the Parkway team loves Buffalo. Like, a lot. We grew up here, we’re invested in the success of plenty of local businesses, and we think Buffalo is a whole lot more than a few (okay, a lot of) forecasts calling for snow.
If you’re like us, you love hearing about nooks and crannies around Western New York worth an afternoon of exploring. That’s why we put together a list of places in Buffalo that make our team happy.
The Parkway team is no stranger to the craft beer scene. Have you seen our team photos or the website we built for Pressure Drop Brewing? Chris loves the rotating tap selection of new and never-tried-before beers at Moor Pat.
Main Street in Williamsville offers plenty to see and do. Moor Pat, tucked into a little corner off the main drag, is plenty entertaining all on its own. He’s especially excited for warm weather and live music on the patio, which brings him back to his days spent with the band. But that’s a story for another time!
New Era Field
One of the happiest days for Buffalonians is the Buffalo Bills home opener, so it was a guarantee that New Era made our list. Chris is a long-time season ticket holder and has called this place home on many Sundays. It’s easier to love when experiencing a Bills win but a great tailgate always helps with the bitter losses!
Artpark is one of those amazing places where you can spend the afternoon surrounded by nature while hiking the gorge, and then spend the evening taking in a concert while laying out on the amphitheater hill.
With a free concert series on Tuesday nights and Lewiston’s Center Street bustling with places to grab a bite, we think this spot is worth a full day of exploration. Head down to the waterfront afterward for ice cream!
Buffalo Iron Works
Can you tell that Rob loves music? One of his favorite venues is nestled in the Cobblestone District. It claims #2 on his list because of the atmosphere, the eclectic crowds and its historical setting. Iron Works presents some of the best music in WNY and Rob thinks this local spot hits all the right notes.
Five Points Neighborhood
Jenna’s first apartment was on the West Side, so she has a soft spot for the neighborhood. She said, “I really can’t imagine better locales within walking distance than Paradise Wine, Remedy House, Evolation Yoga and Urban Roots. It embodies everything I loved about living in the city – garden walks, patios and being able to ride my bike anywhere I wanted.”
Some of her favorite mornings started at Five Points Bakery, reading the newspaper in the presence of bright green succulents and warm, fresh bread. Plus, she loved watching the neighborhood grow with new neighbors and a ton of renovations over the years she lived there.
Jenna loves anything having to do with the water. Growing up on Grand Island meant that she was very young when she was introduced to boating, fishing, wakeboarding and learning about conservation.
Swimming off of her Grandma’s dock, planning the first river float of the season and kayaking around Strawberry Island filled her summer plans. “We wait all year for Summer in Buffalo and I love to take advantage of the sunshine and the Great Lakes any way that I can!”
Over the past few years, Dana’s been impressed with the revitalization of downtown North Tonawanda. She loves that there’s a little bit of everything within walking distance of each other. Her opinion may be a little biased because she lives just a mile from these amenities.
Along the strip, you can see a show at The Riviera, have a beer at a brewery, enjoy an upscale French dinner or take a bike ride along the waterfront. She’s really excited to see what will be here in the upcoming years and enjoys how passionate locals are about making this area a destination.
When Dana ventures out of North Tonawanda, she heads to historic East Aurora. She used to love visiting as a kid and exploring Vidler’s, the largest 5 & 10 store in the world.
Now as an adult, she appreciates the arts and crafts style decor and architecture, the small local shops and of course, a delicious brunch from The Roycroft Inn. It’s close enough to enjoy a day but far enough to feel like you’re away from home!
Hertel is cool for a lot of reasons, but there’s one, single reason it makes Taylor’s list of favorite places in Buffalo: the ice cream. No matter how you want your ice cream, there’s a shop on Hertel for you.
Over-the-top milkshakes? Check. Creamy soft serve? You bet. Unique local flavors? Coming right up. Churn, Hertel Ave. Poutine and Cream, and Lake Effect Ice Cream are all worth an after-dinner trip. Plus, their location makes them perfect for walking off dessert while enjoying a balmy Buffalo summer night.
One of Taylor’s favorite things about Buffalo is the remaining evidence that this was once one of America’s most prosperous cities. You can peek into this industrious past in almost any neighborhood, from the working-class homes and bars in the Old First Ward to Millionaires’ Row further north.
In Taylor’s opinion, there’s no better place to reflect on the grandeur of Buffalo’s past than Hoyt Lake and the surrounding buildings and neighborhoods. While Delaware Park itself is incredible, what’s left of the development added around the lake for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition reflects how important this city was at the turn of the century.
Once you get over how beautiful the Buffalo History Museum and Marcy Casino are, walk down Lincoln Parkway and take in the mansions that were once home to Buffalo’s biggest names, including the Larkin and Curtiss families.