The second-largest city in New York is packed with interesting attractions and activities for a memorable family vacation. Here are the seven most exciting places to visit in Buffalo with your kids.

  1. The Buffalo Zoo

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    Step into the rain forest exhibit, and marvel at the cascading waterfall. Stare in awe at the Asian elephants and Siberian tigers living in habitats that closely match their original ones. The Buffalo Zoo offers exciting experiences for the entire family to enjoy.


    See a polar bear and white foxes in the popular Arctic Edge exhibit, and learn about local wildlife in the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm. Take advantage of family workshops and special events, such as Ferocious Fridays and Zooper Saturdays, and don’t forget about sleepovers with the animals for an unforgettable trip.

  2. Buffalo Museum of Science

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    Among the many things to do with kids in Buffalo, NY, the Buffalo Museum of Science piques their curiosity and lets them explore science using interactive exhibits. Toddlers can play in the Explorations gallery while older kids revel at being able to create their own gravity wall at In Motion, study creepy crawlies at Bug Works and experience a wind chamber when they explore Our Marvelous Earth.

  3. Canalside

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    Soak up the atmosphere at Canalside. This incredible waterfront destination is buzzing with things to do on land and water. Rent kayaks or paddle boats to explore the City Ship Canal, or go on a cruise across the Buffalo River.

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    Back on land, be entertained at RiverWorks as you go rock climbing, skating and zip lining. After, enjoy a family meal in one of the many restaurants. When vacationing in winter, have fun skating or riding an ice bike in the massive rink.

  4. Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

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    Located in Canalside, the biggest inland naval facility in the United States is a must. Take a fascinating tour of a World War II submarine, a guided missile cruiser and a destroyer. View galleries and artifacts in the museum, and see military vehicle models. Want to see even more? Outside, be in awe of the jets, military helicopters, patrol boat, armed personnel carrier and tank that are on display.

  5. Theater of Youth


    Have fun at the Theater of Youth where you’ll catch a live show that’ll delight you and your kids. Located in the historic Allendale Theatre, kids beam when their favorite characters come to life in front of their eyes, and you’ll appreciate chatting with the actors after the performance.

  6. Tifft Nature Preserve

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    Explore the great outdoors as you head down the nature trails in the protected Tifft Nature Preserve. You’ll find trail maps at the Visitor Center, and be sure to take your binoculars with you to spot numerous bird species. If your kids can stay still for long enough, take advantage of the viewing blinds. Explore the diverse terrain that includes grassy fields, marshes, woodlands, ponds, thickets and swamps. Depending on the season you visit in, take a boat onto Lake Kirsty to do some fishing, go cross-country skiing or enjoy snowshoeing across the landscape.

  7. Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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    This extraordinary gallery has unique sculptures, such as the mind-boggling Mirrored Room, as well as tapestries, life art, sketches and paintings. It combines modern and contemporary art in its halls. Join in with interactive art activities, such as the mobile ArtCart, story time family workshops and art classes to immerse your kids in the world of art.