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Here is a list of some things to do in Buffalo:
The Darwin- Martin house is a a must, I think! You may want to try to catch a show at Shea's Buffalo, and be sure to plan to eat at Chef's, the Anchor Bar (or La Nova - but get Wings somewhere!) Closer than Toronto, I ecourage you to go up to Lewiston, and then cross over the bridge to check out Niagara on the Lake. Hope that helps some. If you do go to the Falls and you want to do anything other than look at water, go to the Canadian side.
I would add the Birchfield Penney museum across the street from Albright Knox
this is the current plan. plane arrives late afternoon, Tuesday. first night in Buffalo. next day and night on the US side of Niagara Falls. 2 full days in Toronto. next day and night at Niagara Falls, Canadian side. attend a wedding on Saturday in Buffalo. last two full days in Buffalo. want to do sightseeing everywhere we go.
Hi Tony, It sounds like your plans are set but in my opinion, you're spending a lot of time in Niagara Falls. There is more to do on the Canadian side than the American, but you can wander over the Rainbow Bridge (with passports) if you like. You can also take a quick trip up to Lewiston NY which is a great little town, There is also an interesting visitor center for hydro-electric power there: http://www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara.htm If you like history, you can drive a little further to Fort Niagara, a French "castle" built in the 1700s (and then taken over by the Brits, and later the Americans). From Niagara Falls, Canada, you can take a beautiful drive along the Niagara gorge to see Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) again a beautiful small town.
In Buffalo, I always recommend a free tour of Buffalo City Hall which takes places on weekdays from noon-1pm, meet in the lobby. If you can't make a tour, then the bldg. is open during business hours (closed on the weekend) and you can take the elevator to the top floor then walk up to the observatory. On a clear day you can see the mist & the skyscrapers from Niagara Falls: tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60974-d27…
I forgot to mention, too, that Niagara Falls NY is a much smaller city than Buffalo and therefore has fewer restaurant choices. Niagara Falls, Ontario is larger than than the Niagara Falls NY but tends to have more expensive restaurants. There are lots of good and inexpensive (or expensive, if you want!) restaurants in Buffalo to choose from.
Flying in on a Tuesday evening. Instead of lodging in buffalo, thinking about staying at niagara falls, ontario for two nights before heading to toronto. Is two nights in niagara too much?
Niagara Falls, Canada is very touristy and expensive. Since you will be in season the prices are adjusted accordingly for many but not all things. You can see the Falls and most of the attractions in one day. You can get a transportation pass at: http://www.niagaraparks.com/wego/. I like the Butterfly Conservatory, Journey Behind the Falls plus the Botanical Gardens if you are so inclined. There is a nice Non-smoking Casino if you like to gamble. I think 1 day is just about right. There is much more to do in Toronto and you could spend a week there without scratching the surface.Edited: 07 April 2013, 22:48