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Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY- Bringing Historic Landmarks and Culture Together

Updated on November 17, 2017
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Melissa is a lifestyle writer delving into freelance travel and entertainment topics. All writing is researched and given a personal touch.

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Niagara Falls

Many know or have heard the wonder of Niagara Falls, its magnificent power of flowing water horseshoeing its widen strength between Canada and the United States. They do say the Canadian side has the best view of this natural wonder, bringing many into Ontario Canada and making Niagara Falls, NY a tourist attraction as well. Though the next biggest city is Buffalo, NY, managing to be the main source of traffic to Canada with the Peace Bridge at each border. I grew up in Western NY, familiar with Buffalo and its harbor, along with crossing the Peace Bridge many times to visit Canada. Only forty minutes north of Buffalo is Niagara Falls, NY featuring the American side of the falls. People come from all over the world to see the falls, but Buffalo, NY can offer even more great experiences to those touring the area.

Buffalo, NY

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History

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Fully established in 1816 Buffalo was the start of an economy with railroads, markets, shipyards, steel mills, flour mills, and railroad industries. Trade grew this community in becoming the major Port of the St. Lawrence Seaway and a gateway to the industrial region of Ontario. In recent years what has been a run-down old industrial city has found new life in bringing popularity and entertainment along with its history still on display. You can travel by old steel mills, wander by the Erie Canal and take in the unique historic buildings that still represent this growing city. That being said, a landmark such as Niagara Falls definitely benefits growing the community and tourism of Buffalo, which carries other landmarks and an environment that sets apart the region from any other.

Allentown of Buffalo, NY is the center of music and arts, carrying along it's unique character with murals and historic architecture.
Allentown of Buffalo, NY is the center of music and arts, carrying along it's unique character with murals and historic architecture. | Source

Unique Landmarks


1.The Peace Bridge: The Peace Bridge was dedicated on August 7th 1927 and currently is the second busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada.

"is located near the center of downtown Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, where it crosses the Niagara River." - Peace Bridge Facts

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2. Buffalo Harbor: Lake Erie's mass of water is part of the Buffalo Harbor which carries many boaters and beachside parks.

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3. Canalside: this has been the biggest area to grow and bring new sites into the city. Set within the Buffalo Harbor, it is a backdrop to yearly free concerts in the summer and provides newer pub style restaurants and walkways.

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4. Buffalo Riverworks: One of the many ways Buffalo is coming back to life is this new complex transforming old grain elevators and industrial buildings into a modern entertainment venue. Set right on Buffalos waterfront, this venue offers ice hockey, roller derby, and live concerts.

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5. The Darwin D. Martin House: is a popular landmark portraying the architectural art of Frank Lloyd Wright who's home was in Buffalo, NY.

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6. Albright-Knox Art Gallery: another cultural landmark featuring works by Picasso and Warhol. Check out their website for featured art and tours.

7. KeyBank Center: is a huge landmark bringing many Sabres and other hockey fans into the city for games. Another is the Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the NFL Buffalo Bills. These are a widely popular feature for those living in the area.

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Culture

The famous Anchor Bar (home of buffalo wings) featuring some Buffalo sports pride.
The famous Anchor Bar (home of buffalo wings) featuring some Buffalo sports pride. | Source

Other than a few of the geographical, cultural, and social landmarks mentioned the atmosphere of Buffalo, NY brings a mixture of Canadian and US culture into one. Many beers, products and even entertainment such as music stream its way across the borders. Buffalo wings, pizza and authentic Spanish, Italian, and Polish foods bring some good eating. Sponge Candy and Beef on Weck are also very unique to the Western NY area. Popular bars, pubs and restuarant life have been emerging in recent years creating more entertainment and nightlife.

42 North Brewing Company: A fairly new brewery located in East Aurora, NY, about 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo.
42 North Brewing Company: A fairly new brewery located in East Aurora, NY, about 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo. | Source
Santasiero's is a 96 year old local Italian restaurant and is a "classic spot light" of the West Side.
Santasiero's is a 96 year old local Italian restaurant and is a "classic spot light" of the West Side. | Source

Activities

Buffalo is also known for its snow, this is because of the warmer water of Lake Erie creating precipitation that cycles through the region. Bringing other activities farther inland such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. The newest winter entertainment is a public ice rink on the Canal side. No matter what time of year, there is usually a popular activity to check out in the area.

Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicotville, NY located only an hour away from Buffalo.
Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicotville, NY located only an hour away from Buffalo. | Source

I no longer live near Buffalo, NY, but the experiences of its culture and people have long stayed with me. I have seen one of the worlds Great Wonders more than once in a lifetime and have enjoyed living by a lake almost as big as the ocean to the naked eye. If you haven't, make a visit to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY! What landmarks stood out for you to explore in this city/area?

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© 2017 Melissa Johnson

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