DELAWARE PARK, IN THE HEART OF BUFFALO, IS LIKE THE CITY’S VERY OWN CENTRAL PARK.
The crown jewel of Buffalo’s Olmsted Park System is filled with sights to see, things to do and places to eat. Here are nine suggestions of how to spend the perfect day there, from Ring Road on the park’s eastern end to along Hoyt Lake on the western end:
1. Eat and drink at the new hot spot, The Terrace. Overlooking the lake, the Terrace is quickly becoming Buffalo’s favorite patio. They have large dishes to share, snacks, salads, and even a raw bar that’s perfect for the summer with healthy, fresh seafood options like oysters, shrimp, ceviche, and crab.
2. Say hello to the bison at the Buffalo Zoo! The iconic animals that embody the spirit and resiliency of our city are on view from the park’s ring road, in the zoo’s southwest corner.
3. Find the stone pedestrian bridge on your walk through the park. It’s located in the Rumsey woods; if you follow the main path along the lake, you’ll run into another walkway that features a stunning stone bridge surrounded by trees and vines. On your way to see the pedestrian bridge, you’ll run into the Live Buffalo Mural just as the path begins to split off into the woods.
4. Admire the public art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, on the western edge of the park. Beautiful sculptures surround Buffalo’s world-renowned gallery of modern and contemporary art.
5. Enjoy an afternoon by renting the row boats in Hoyt Lake! For just $10 for 30 minutes, you can row your way around the lake and relax out on the water. The boats are available to rent from 4-8pm on weekdays and from 12-8pm on the weekends.
6. Relax among the cherry blossom trees of the Japanese Garden, located behind the Buffalo History Museum. The museum’s Party on the Portico series overlooking the gardens is on the third Friday of the month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It features live music, history-themed activities, and a happy hour!
7. Ashkers in the Park is a spinoff summer stand that serves juices and great sandwiches! It’s perfect for a light, quick lunch to give you energy while you’re walking along Ring Road.
8. Family Movie Night at Shakespeare Hill is a free Monday night film series showing kid-friendly movies throughout the summer at dusk (weather permitting). They have Shrek scheduled to play on July 10th and The Bee Movie on August 14th!
9. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a classic Buffalo summer tradition. This year the two shows are The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth. Pack wine, cheeses, snacks, and grab your blankets and chairs for the occasion! You can see the shows from Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm. The Merry Wives of Windsor runs from June 22nd-July 16th and Macbeth runs through July 27th-August 20th.