Start your tour in the Heart of South Buffalo, Cazenovia Park, it’s one of our two Fredrick Law Olmsted designed parks. Olmsted is the same landscape designer that created Central Park in NY. We have two of his majestic parks here in South Buffalo. Connected by one of the most beautiful streets in the city, McKinley Parkway, you can enjoy turn of the century architecture and gorgeously landscaped traffic circles as you travel to South Park which is wrapped around a small lake. Both parks provide miles of trails, golfing, access to the water and plenty of recreation.
The first thing you’ll notice as you arrive at South Park is the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens! Originally dreamt up by Olmsted in 1868, the tri-domed glass building is one of a dozen Victorian conservatories left in America and home to tropical plants from all regions of the world! A year round treat for the whole family. The Gardens host frequent events, rotating exhibits, and even an art gallery.
Tifft Nature Preserve
Tifft Nature Preserve is on our western edge near the waterfront. The site features over 264 acres with five miles of nature trails, three boardwalks, guided tours, fishing, snowshoeing, and more! Best of all, admission is free! It’s one of the the largest urban nature preserves in the USA. (Find out more about the Waterfront)
The Irish Heritage District is another important part of South Buffalo. Located on Abbott Road the district features restaurants, traditional pubs, and local shops. The district is anchored by the Buffalo Irish Center, the place to go for all things Irish! Traditional Irish food and drinks, dancers, live music, classes, and BINGO are just some of the events held here! The Irish Center is also home to Buffalo’s official “Great Guinness Toast”.