Graduate school is about exploration in research and in the community where you live.  We encourage all our students to become Buffalo Locals.  Below is a description of all the cool things you can do in Buffalo and the surrounding western New York.


Day Trips

Visit Niagara Falls

Hike/Walk to the Eternal Flame – See Blog by Alum Jessica Ball

Hike the Whirlpool State Park stairs down the Niagara Gorge

Visit Canal Side on Lake Erie

Ride your bike on the Erie Canal Trail

Day trip to Little Rock City

Letchworth State Park – see the fall colors

Tour the Buffalo Murals – Guide


Chef’s Restaurant – Italian

Duff’s Restaurant – Buffalo Wings

Old Man Rivers – Grill and Ice Cream

Sun Restaurant – Burmese

Ted’s Hotdogs – Hotdogs

West Side Bazaar – Multicultural food options

Ice Cream Shops

Sweet Jenny’s

Lake Effect Ice Cream

Uncle G’s


Community Events

Buffalo Slow Roll – Monday Night Bike Tour

Erie County Fair

Sporting Events

Buffalo Bills – Football

Buffalo Sabers – Hockey

Buffalo Bisons – Baseball

FC Buffalo – Soccer

UB Bulls – Just about everything


Music and Theater

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO)

Shea’s Performing Arts Center