Buffalo Zoo#11 in Best Things To Do in Buffalo
The Buffalo Zoo's starring attractions are two polar bear cubs called Luna and Kali. In addition to these cute little fur balls, the zoo houses a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The eco-rainforest exhibit is a hit with visitors; many people say that the rope bridge across the exhibit offers a great view of the turtles and alligators below.
Opening its gates back in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the country. As such, there are continuing renovations to the zoo that some visitors have found disappointing. Another TripAdvisor user praised its improvements: "It is amazing how far along the zoo has come over the years. There had been so many new attractions and exhibits and it looks like a world class zoo." Others were even more complimentary of the venue, citing its great staff and happy-looking animals.
A general admission ticket costs $10.50; children between the ages of 2 and 14 years are charged $7.50, and children younger than 2 are free. Seniors and full-time students are charged $8.50. The zoo is open every day except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Between the months of July and August, the zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the rest of the year, the zoo closes at 4 p.m. You'll find it north of downtown, near Forest Lawn and the Darwin D. Martin House. For more information, visit the Buffalo Zoo's website.
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#1 Niagara Falls
Just about 20 miles north of Buffalo, Niagara Falls makes for a great day trip. One of the world's most awe-inspiring waterfalls, Niagara Falls straddles two countries and drops waters over the cliff-face at speeds of 20 to 68 mph. It's no wonder that visitors find the falls euphoric. To view them, you have many options, from a Maid of the Mist boat tour to a walk behind the falls. Keep in mind that many Niagara Falls attractions close in the winter months due to inclement weather.
One TripAdvisor user makes a good pitch for visiting Niagara Falls and staying in a hotel in Buffalo, saying the "Falls are unbelievable ... However, [the] town is [a] tourist trap."
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