Year-round scenic adventure like golf, fishing, hiking, winter recreation and professional sports teams are offered in the Buffalo, NY area. The incredible beauty of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls State Park, the nation’s oldest state park, attract visitors from across North America. Buffalo features an extensive waterfront with Canalside, Buffalo River and Outer Harbor providing distinct attractions along the water. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building and the Richardson Olmsted Complex (H.H. Richardson) are just a few of the many architectural masterpieces found here.
Gardens are also a major attraction with the Garden Walk Buffalo offering the largest free garden tour in the country. Finally, a western NY experience wouldn’t be complete without the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres or a trip to Anchor Bar, where Buffalo-style chicken wings were invented in 1964.
Industrial, manufacturing and technology are major sectors of the economy. The State of New York is the city’s largest employer with over 15,000 employees. Kaleida Health, M&T Bank, University of Buffalo, General Motors and Tops Friendly Markets also employ a significant portion of the population. The city is also home to more than 50 private and public art galleries as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kleinhans Music Hall. Buffalo Public Schools features 78 public schools, while The State University of New York (SUNY) operates SUNY at Buffalo, Erie Community College and Buffalo State College. Buffalo or UB is the largest public university in New York.
Nomadic Paleo-Indians inhabited the state before French exploration reached the area in 1620. Following the American Revolution, the colony of New York began to expand. In 1793, the Holland Land Purchase was complete and village boundaries were established by 1803. The Erie Canal was completed in 1825 which led to Buffalo being incorporated as a city in 1832.
The weather is common of the Great Lakes region with conditions characteristic of a humid continental climate. Winters are snowy, but Buffalo, NY features the sunniest and driest summers among major cities in the Northeast. Lake Erie provides a cooling as well as a stabilizing effect from numerous meteorological conditions.