Delaware Park

At 350 acres, Delaware Park was the largest of the three original parks and was a landscape that Olmsted and Vaux called a “country park”.

Designed: 1868-1870 by Olmsted & Vaux  |  Location: Bordered by Delaware, Elmwood & Parkside Avenues, Amherst Street, Nottingham Terrace, Rte. 198 & Rumsey Road.

This park was created as a setting for passive recreation in surroundings that evoked an ideal rural world. A rolling meadow dotted with trees and surrounded by woods formed the eastern portion.  Olmsted said: “There is no more beautiful picture than that of a beautiful meadow, over which level-armed sheltering trees cast broad shadows.” Located west of Delaware Avenue, Olmsted and Vaux created a picturesque lake for boating in summer and skating in winter by damning the Scajaquada Creek that flowed through the site.

Olmsted had predicted that Delaware Park was destined to take a “distinguished position among the parks of the world.”  Significant features of this historic landscape are an 18-hole public golf course, the Mighty Oak, the Parkside Lodge, located on the Meadow or eastern side of the park. On the west, or Water Park as Olmsted named it, is the Japanese Garden, the Marcy Casino, the Rose Garden, a playground and a path that winds its way around Hoyt Lake.

FLOATmingo at Hoyt Lake

Explore Hoyt Lake on a row boat!

The 2024 season is from the end of May to September from 12pm to 7pm.  Online Reservations are highly encouraged. Gondola rides are available for evening cruises only.

For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit:

Learn more about Hoyt Lake Boats
Japanese Garden

Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tours 

Enjoy your historic Olmsted Parks with the free self-guided mobile audio tours of Delaware Park’s lake, meadow and Japanese Garden.

Delaware Park Audio Tour presented by M&T Bank


Japanese Garden Audio Tour presented by Wegmans


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Salsa in the Park 

The 2024 season will be Mondays, June 3 – July 8th and Grand Finale Party Monday, August 19th.  Starting at 6:30 PM, a 30-minute beginner dance lesson is offered at each event in either Salsa, Bachata, or Merengue. From 7-9 PM, enjoy open social dancing to merengue, bachata, salsa, timba (Cuban salsa), cha cha cha and kizomba. No partner necessary. Beginners welcomed and encouraged.

Tickets can be purchased online starting at 3:30PM the day of each event.  Purchase your tickets here: In person tickets are available at each event starting at 6:15PM with cash, Venmo, Cash App or PayPal.

The event may be cancelled due to inclement weather by 3:30PM the day of each event. This park activity is facilitated by Salsa for the Soul, a part of Love Is Real LLC.  To reach us, please email Sarah at

Buffalo Croquet Club 

The 2023 season is from May 15th to October 15th, Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Delaware Park Croquet Courts next to Parkside Lodge. Mondays are 6 wick and 9 wicket leagues, Wednesday is open to all players and Thursday is the golf croquet league.

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Or email

Shakespeare in the Park

The 2024 season will be The Winter’s Tale, directed by Kate Powers, June 20, 2024 – July 14, 2024 -and- The Comedy of Errors, directed by Lawrence Gregory Smith, July 25, 2024 – August 18, 2024. Performances begin at 7:15PM, Tuesday-Sunday evenings. All performances are FREE, non-ticketed and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chaired seating.

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The Terrace and Rose Garden

Open year-round, The Terrace is a full-service restaurant, bar and catering facility overlooking Hoyt Lake. The Rose Garden can be booked for weddings by contacting

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Support Your Parks

Our members are the core of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. With your unrestricted gift to the annual fund, our dedicated team takes care of the 850 acres of Olmsted green spaces in Buffalo. We count on your financial support to keep the Olmsted Parks clean, open spaces where Buffalonians continue to play, exercise and enjoy nature together.

Planning Your Visit


(1) 18 hole Golf Course
(3) Baseball/Softball Diamonds
(6) Football/Soccer/Rugby Fields
(2) Lawn Bowling Courts
(17) Tennis Courts
(4) Basketball Courts
(3) Playgrounds
(17) Picnic Tables
(1) Picnic Shelter

Points of Interest

Marcy Casino
Parkside Lodge (click here for directions)
Hoyt Lake
Rose Garden
The Ivy Bridge
The Japanese Garden

Rental Information

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the Parkside Lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park and the Crotty Casino in Cazenovia Park.

The Marcy Casino and Rose Garden in Delaware Park is rented through Magnolia Events.