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Free Things To Do in Buffalo

If you have extra time, Buffalo City Hall is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Buffalo
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    #1 in Buffalo
    16.8 miles to city center
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    16.8 miles to city center
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    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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    Forest Lawn
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    #2 in Buffalo
    2.5 miles to city center
    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    2.5 miles to city center
    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Although Buffalo's Forest Lawn is a cemetery, it's such a beautiful one that many people visit for contemplative walks, peaceful picnics or even jogs. Many famous people — including former United States President Millard Fillmore and "Super Freak" singer Rick James — have been laid to rest here. For this reason, many visitors recommend you book a tour so that you can make sure to hit the cemetery's highlights.

    Visitors to the cemetery especially enjoy its park-like setting. One TripAdvisor user says: "The lawns, roads, ponds, are immaculate. We felt like we were in a park not a cemetery."

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    Buffalo City Hall
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    #6 in Buffalo
    0.1 miles to city center
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    0.1 miles to city center
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Buffalo City Hall, built after World War I, is the epitome of art deco design with features like a gorgeous stained glass ceiling and intricate geometric details. It's also massive. Rising 32 stories into the sky, the building has 1,520 windows that peer out into downtown Buffalo and beyond. In fact, it's not the architecture but the views that lure most visitors to City Hall. Take an elevator up to the 25th floor and walk up three more floors to an observation deck, which overlooks Lake Erie, the Buffalo River and the busy city below.

    One TripAdvisor user praises the sight from the observation deck: "After a trip in a rather scary lift, we got to the most amazing 360 degree view. Indeed you could see the mist at Niagara Falls."

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