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For World Tourism Day, be a tourist in your own backyard

This year, World Tourism Day is celebrated on Sept. 27.

Having the day toward the end of September may be problematic. Summer is over and so are most of people’s vacation days.

But even if you can’t spare a day off to go elsewhere, the Queen City has plenty for you to do. See your neighborhood in a new way.

We’ve got a few classic Buffalo Niagara region suggestions:

Niagara Falls

You must have seen this one coming. Even if you’re a Buffalo native, chances are you probably haven’t been to Niagara Falls lately. Don’t take the Niagara River for granted another day. If you’re feeling tourist-y, you can venture to the falls, check out the Maid of the Mist and see the Cave of the Winds. But if you want to avoid the fray, try other Niagara River pastimes, such as hiking, bicycling, bird watching or geocaching.

Get your picture taken with Shark Girl

Quite a draw for Canalside, Shark Girl is accompanied by dozens of other activities down by the Buffalo River. Many have probably been there numerous times, but there are always new activities to try. Join in on a Buffalo River History Tour for a full narration of the waterway’s history and an up-close view of the large grain elevators. There is also kayaking or water biking for a nice view. Or stroll along Canalside and visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

Get Duff’s wings

Whether you’ve been there a hundred times before or if you’ve yet to taste the hot spiciness of perfection, you can’t go wrong with Duff’s. After all, the most important part of being a tourist is food tasting. These local restaurants are a staple in Buffalo. Extra points if you go to the original Sheridan Drive location and try to suicide wings (good luck).

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

If you’ve been to Delaware Park you’ve probably seen the beautiful architecture of Albright-Knox. However, maybe some of you have yet to go inside. You can extend the local experience by seeing the exhibition Shark Girl: Never Quite There, which shows Casey Riordan Millard’s many depictions of Shark Girl. Millard, who originally created the Shark Girl that now sits at Canalside, also portrayed his piece in paintings, sculptures and installations.

The Buffalo Zoo

Take advantage of the nice weather and check out the zoo. Whether you managed to visit this summer or not, see if you can spot some of your favorite furry friends you may have missed. Scope out the grounds in preparation for the Trick or Treat Weekend at the Buffalo Zoo in October.


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