Here are a few ways that allow you not only to observe the cityscape, but become part of it.
• Buffalo Pedal Tours operates the Pedal-Powered Party Bus for public and private pub crawls, bachelorette parties, even architectural tours. The bus can be chartered for private tours, or join a public tour. Call 984-3834 or visit buffalopedaltours.com.
• Open Air Autobus is painted with what is described as 1920s-style green. People cheer when it rolls into view. It is operated by Buffalo preservationist Timothy Tielman of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo. Visit openairbuffalo.org or call 854-3749.
• Forgotten Buffalo tours take you on refurbished school buses to historic mom-and-pop taverns. Tours typically include a buffet dinner and stops at a number of taverns as well as a church. Find details at forgottenbuffalo.com.
• Brewing Buffalo, Then and Now Bus Tour offers four-hour bus tours to view locations important to Buffalo’s brewing past, and visit several craft breweries. Samples are included at each of the brewery stops on the tour; light appetizers will be provided at the final stop. A May 16 tour is sold out, but other tours take place at 1 p.m. May 30, June 13, June 27 and thereafter. Details at explorebuffalo.org.
• Buffalo Touring Co. invites you to explore North Buffalo on a Segway, described as “a cool personal transporter that balances you 100 times per second.” Tours last approximately two hours and involve 30 minutes of training. You can’t be shy: Norman Jonas, who owns the company with his son Brandon, said motorists have been known to screech to a halt and get out and take pictures. Tours generally include only six people and are tentatively scheduled, weather permitting, for 9 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tours will be more frequent starting in June. Private tours also available. Visit buffalotouringcompany.com or call 259-4887.
– Mary Kunz Goldman