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Buffalo (New York)

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Introduction

The second largest city in New York State, Buffalo has more to see and do than most people believe. The Queen city, Nickel City and the City of good neighors, Buffalo has a rich history and landmarks including Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal and is home to the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

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Sights and Activities

  • Per capita Buffalo has the highest number of theaters in New York, after NYC. Theaters include, Sheas, Alleway Theater, Irish Classical Theater, and Lancaster Opera House.
  • From August to December, one can go to Ralph Wilson Arena in nearby Orchard park to see the Bills play in the National Football League. NHL seasons generally start in September/October and run until April, with playoffs in May/June and one can see the Sabres play in HSBC Arena in the heart of Downtown Buffalo. Buffalo is also home to some Minor League Baseball action, where the Buffalo Bisons play at Dunn Tire Park, also in the Downtown Buffalo area. Buffalo is also home to a Lacrosse team
  • Darien Lake, a popular amusement park, is located about 40 minutes outside of Buffalo in Darien, New York. The park is host to many popular concerts and is open from May to October, when they host a 'Frightfest' Halloween promotion.

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Events and Festivals

  • Dyngus Day
  • Elmwood Art Festival
  • Thursday in the Sqaure
  • Tuesdays at the Gorge
  • Taste of Buffalo
  • Italian Festival
  • Polish Festival
  • Greek Heritage Festival
  • World's Largest Disco

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Weather

While Buffalo is known for her snowy winters, the summers are mild and sunny with temperatures ranging from around 20 °C to sometimes 35 °C. August and early September are generally warm and humid. The falls are usually crisp and clear with temperature between 5 and 15 °C. Winter's are generally cold and can be quite snowy. Proximity to Lake Erie can cause quite of bit of Lake Effect snow before the lake freezes.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-1 °C-0.2 °C5.4 °C12.3 °C18.9 °C24.1 °C26.8 °C25.5 °C21.6 °C15.2 °C8.4 °C1.8 °C
Avg Min-8.3 °C-8.1 °C-3.4 °C2.3 °C8.3 °C13.6 °C16.6 °C15.6 °C11.7 °C5.9 °C1.1 °C-5.1 °C
Rainfall68.6 mm58.7 mm68.1 mm72.9 mm79.8 mm90.2 mm78.2 mm105.9 mm88.6 mm78.5 mm97.3 mm93.2 mm
Rain Days13.211.511.310.29.48.87.39.48.89.812.714

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Getting There

By Plane

Buffalo is home to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF). About 20 airlines serve the airport, but no international flights exist. The main destinations are Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Orlando, Phoenix, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Baltimore and Cleveland.

By Train

The Maple Leaf, operated by Amtrak, travels between New York and Toronto, stopping in Buffalo as well.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. For more information about renting cheaper cars and campers, traffic rules and getting maps it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostel Buffalo Niagara667 Main StreetHostel87
Econolodge48 Freeman Rd. Williamsville,Hotel86

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.886875
  • Longitude: -78.877875

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