9 Photogenic Spots in Buffalo, New York
1285 Elmwood Ave
The outside of the Albright Knox Art Museum is just as photogenic as the inside. There are a handful of sculptures strewn throughout the premises. One of my favorites for a portrait background is “Stacked Revision Structure” by Liam Gillick found on the backside of the museum. Hoyt Lake brings it full circle with a perfect backdrop for a morning stroll. Spring is particularly special when all the flowers and trees start to bloom.
2655 South Park Ave
The Buffalo Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite buildings to look at. It is one of the few larger Victorian conservatories found in the States. Not only is the tri-dome esthetically pleasing, but once inside you can find cute seating among the flora, and even an oversized checkerboard to play.
710 Main St
Colorful murals are hidden all over the city if you know where to look. One of my favorites is at the corner of Tupper and Main on the building of Shae’s Performing Arts Center. The mural was created in part of the Albright Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art initiative back in 2016 by Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn.
391 Washington St
If you’re in need of a coffee break, one of my favorite downtown coffee shops is Public Espresso. Not only are their lattes Instagram worthy, but the baristas are super friendly and know their stuff. Located in the Lafayette Building downtown, Public Espresso is a perfect stop before heading down to City Hall for the 12pm architectural tour of the building.
125 Jewett Pkwy
Back in the day Buffalo was a hub for the rich, and you can see that through the money that was put into the architecture. One of my favorite Frank Lloyd Wright buildings resides right here in Buffalo, the Darwin Martin House. The outside of the building has clean, crisp lines that are seen in all of Wrights architecture. Inside the house, you’ll also find a replica of the well-known sculpture “The Winged Victory of Samothrace” basking in natural light waiting for you to take a selfie with.
461 Ellicott Street
Another great mural is on the side of Washington market. The “Greetings From Buffalo” mural was conceived by Buffalonian Casey William Milbrand and looks like a colorful postcard. Visiting this piece of artwork can easily be paired with a stop at Big Ditch Brewing Company for some brews as it is within walking distance.
Bonus: Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
About 30 minutes outside of the city, you’ll find Niagara Falls State Park. Ignoring the fact that it is pretty touristy, one can’t deny how photogenic the Falls are any time of the year. To get close up shot of Niagara Falls, stay on the USA side. For a good panoramic view, head over the border to Canada- don’t forget your passport!