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Aug
4
Fri
Old First Ward Tour @ Mutual Riverfront Park
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm
Old First Ward Tour @ Mutual Riverfront Park | Buffalo | NY | United States

Join us for a walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buffalo! The First Ward is the neighborhood adjacent to the Buffalo River, located in the shadows of the grain elevators that employed many of the neighborhood’s residents.

On this tour, you will learn about how the growth and development of the neighborhood was closely tied to the rise of the grain trade at Buffalo’s harbor. A neighborhood with a proudly Irish heritage, the First Ward has been the birthplace and home to some of Buffalo’s most famous citizens, including Michael Shea, Jimmy Slattery, and Fingy Connors. Come on this tour to learn their stories and many more! The tour will end at Gene McCarthy’s Tavern and Old First Ward Brewing, the perfect place to enjoy a pint after the tour.

Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park at 41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Street parking is available on Hamburg and South Streets by the park – please do not use the parking lot for the Waterfront Memories & More Museum.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
– Advance reservations are encouraged but not required
– All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
– If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
– This tour is approximately two hours in length.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – The tour will proceed rain or shine.
– Cameras are encouraged!

Allentown Mob Tour @ Cafe 59
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm
Allentown Mob Tour @ Cafe 59 | Buffalo | NY | United States

When Italian and Sicilian immigrants came to Buffalo, many of their local customs came with them – and so did the Mafia. Through much of the twentieth century, the Allentown neighborhood was a hotspot for Mob activity. Do you want to know how a Rembrandt painting stolen from a French museum found its way to Buffalo? Or how one Buffalo mobster got the nickname “Lucky Pants”? Come on the Allentown Mob Tour to find out!

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, where the tour begins and ends!

This tour meets in front of Cafe 59, at 62 Allen Street at the corner of Franklin Street. Street parking on Allen, Franklin, and other nearby streets is available and free on weekends or after 5 PM.

General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

– Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
– All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
– If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
– This tour is between ninety minutes and two hours in length.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – The tour will proceed rain or shine.
– Cameras are encouraged!

Aug
5
Sat
Elevator Alley Kayak Tour @ Elevator Alley Kayak
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Sep 30 @ 11:30 am
Elevator Alley Kayak Tour @ Elevator Alley Kayak | Buffalo | NY | United States

The best way to appreciate Buffalo’s many grain elevators is from the water! From a kayaking perspective, the massive scale of the grain elevators and silos will be even more awe-inspiring.

Join us for a kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak, who will provide the kayaks for this urban adventure tour. Learn about the history of the grain elevators in Buffalo and have many terrific photo opportunities on this guided kayak tour!

Meet at Elevator Alley Kayak at The Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 – at the corner of Hamburg and Republic Streets, across from Gene McCarthy’s. The tour will launch from Mutual Riverfront Park, a one-block walk from The Barrel Factory.

COST:
General Admission: $40
Student Admission: $35
Explorer Pass Holders: $35

Kayak rental is included in the tour price. All kayaks used on this tour must be from Elevator Alley Kayak; bringing your own kayak is not permitted.

TOUR DETAILS:
– This tour is approximately two and a half hours in length, including time at the beginning of the tour to review basic kayaking technique and launch the kayaks.
– Tour participants must be able to kayak approximately four miles, from Mutual Riverfront Park to Canalside and back.
– Reservations are required for this tour as a limited number of kayaks are available.
– Please print your reservation confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone, for tour check-in.
– The minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
– Cameras are encouraged but please note that there is a good chance they may get wet!

Landmarks & Landscapes by Bike
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm
Landmarks & Landscapes by Bike

On this overview bike tour of Buffalo’s museum district, see works by some of America’s greatest architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Henry Hobson Richardson, set within a park and parkway system designed by celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Many of Buffalo’s landmark cultural attractions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Buffalo History Museum, call the Olmsted landscapes home. Along the way, admire a diverse collection of public sculpture that has been incorporated into Olmsted’s system. This tour is approximately six miles in length with frequent stops, with much of the tour along designated bike paths.

Meet at the Indian Hunter statue on the Delaware Park Ring Road, near Agassiz Circle.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: Free

TOUR DETAILS:
-Helmets are required for all tour participants. Each tour participant must have a bicycle in good working condition; participants are also required to sign a waiver before the tour.
-The minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is approximately two hours in length.
-Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.
-In the event of heavy rain or other severe weather, this tour will be canceled.
-Cameras are encouraged!

Larkin District Tour @ Flying Bison Brewing Company
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm
Larkin District Tour @ Flying Bison Brewing Company | Buffalo | NY | United States

The Larkin District, or 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 while enjoying the revitalized neighborhood.

Meet outside Flying Bison Brewing at 840 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210, at the corner of Seneca and Lord Streets.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is approximately two hours in length.
-Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
-Cameras are encouraged!

Downtown Mob Tour @ SPoT Coffee
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm
Downtown Mob Tour @ SPoT Coffee | Buffalo | NY | United States

A major part of Buffalo’s criminal history will be revealed on this tour! Throughout much of the twentieth century, the Mafia played in important role in the Queen City, and Stefano Magaddino not only controlled mob activities in Western New York for 52 years, but was also a national crime figure. No part of Western New York was untouched by his criminal organization.

Join us on this walking tour of downtown Buffalo to learn about the impact the mob had on Buffalo, from daily life to major government building projects. Among the stories uncovered on this tour are the Buffalo Zoo warehouse, the Barrel Murder of 1903, and the hit at Caruso’s Restaurant. Walking among some of the downtown locations that mob members would have been familiar with as they plotted their next moves, you will understand the power the local mob once wielded.

This tour meets at Spot Coffee at 227 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Chippewa Street. Metered street parking downtown is free on weekends on Delaware Avenue and other nearby streets, or private parking lots are available – the closest is on Delaware Avenue, next to Spot Coffee. The nearest MetroRail station, Fountain Plaza, is three blocks away.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is between ninety minutes and two hours in length.
-Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
-Cameras are encouraged!

Aug
6
Sun
Bidwell Parkway Tour @ Soldiers Circle
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm
Bidwell Parkway Tour @ Soldiers Circle | Buffalo | NY | United States

The gorgeous houses on either side of Bidwell Parkway, especially those designed by the well-known local firm of Esenwein & Johnson, are the highlights of the tour. The beautiful Parkway with its rows of trees became one of Buffalo’s most fashionable residential addresses, and its popularity continues today as the center of the Elmwood Village.

While strolling the Parkway designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as part of their park and parkway system for the growing city of Buffalo, learn about the “Civil War District” they laid out that included Soldiers Circle, Lincoln Parkway, Bidwell Parkway, Bidwell Place, Chapin Parkway, and Chapin Place. Along the way, see a house designed using H. H. Richardson’s plans and examine the large sculpture by Larry Griffis, “Flight of Birds,” and the newest public art in Buffalo, “Eden.”

This tour meets at Soldiers Place, Buffalo, NY 14222. Abundant street parking is available along Bidwell, Chapin, or Lincoln Parkways.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is approximately two hours in length.
-Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
-Cameras are encouraged!

Central Park & Parkside by Bike @ Parkside Lodge
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm
Central Park & Parkside by Bike @ Parkside Lodge | Buffalo | NY | United States

Join us for a bike tour through two of Buffalo’s most picturesque neighborhoods. We’ll pass by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House as we bike the Olmsted-planned curving streets of the Parkside neighborhood. Crossing over the Belt Line Railroad, we will also explore the prestigious Central Park Neighborhood, including Depew and Morris Avenues, where we will see the former homes of famous Buffalo families, such as the Kittingers and Oisheis. Returning to Olmsted’s Delaware Park, we will rediscover the park’s former quarry.

Meet outside the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park at 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: Free

TOUR DETAILS:
-Helmets are required for all tour participants. Each tour participant must have a bicycle in good working condition; participants are also required to sign a waiver before the tour.
-The minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is approximately two hours in length.
-Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.
-In the event of heavy rain or other severe weather, this tour will be canceled.
-Cameras are encouraged!

West Side Mob Tour @ Providence Social
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm
West Side Mob Tour @ Providence Social | Buffalo | NY | United States

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.”

The tour meets in front of Providence Social restaurant at 490 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo, NY. Free street parking is available on Rhode Island, Chenango, and other nearby streets.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders; FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
-Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
-All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
-If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
-This tour is approximately two hours in length.
-Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
-Cameras are encouraged!

Aug
9
Wed
Gates Circle Tour @ Buffalo, NY
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm
Gates Circle Tour @ Buffalo, NY | Buffalo | NY | United States

Buffalo’s streets and public spaces are dynamic with a variety of histories, architectural styles, and uses. Gates Circle is an excellent example of this variety, which this walking tour around the circle and surrounding streets will explore.

Learn about the history of Gates Circle itself, along with the Olmsted & Vaux park system and surrounding streets including Lafayette, Delaware, and West Delavan Avenues and Chapin Parkway. Along the way, examine the architectural styles present on both residential and commercial buildings.

This tour meets at the southwest corner of Gates Circle and Chapin Parkway. Street parking is available along Chapin Parkway or Lafayette Avenue.

COST:
General Admission: $15
Student Admission: $5
Explorer Pass Holders: FREE

TOUR DETAILS:
– Advance reservations are encouraged but not required
– All credit card payments must be made in advance.
– Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time.
– Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
– If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
– This tour is between ninety minutes and two hours in length.
– Building interiors are included where possible but cannot be guaranteed.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
– Cameras are encouraged!