2019 LearnAboutBuffalo Field Trips on Our Open-AirAutobus!

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There is no better way to learn about Buffalo than to travel around and about Buffalo with the experts of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. They have the Open-Air Autobus, a mobile classroom and part of The Campaign’s Learn About Buffalo outreach— the best way to see, hear, and smell Buffalo (toasted oats, chicken wings, charcoal-grilled hot dogs!).

The Campaign is Buffalo’s most dynamic preservation organization. Our trips reflect our character: Passionate, lively, and knowledgeable, led by experts who love exploring the world around them.Our trips are built on 30 years’ worth of architectural and historical research and help raise funds for our wide-ranging preservation work.

By doing a trip, you are doing good: The Campaign is a charitable organization chartered by the New York State Dept. of Education, and revenues are plowed directly back into local historic preservation.
The Campaign’s trips are popular, informative, well-done. Book yours or schedule a charter today! 

Reserve online by clicking on a highlighted date on the calendar, or the button below the individual tour descriptions. You can call us for reservations at 716-854-3749 as well. You'll need a charge card handy. Buffalo Whirlwind tour

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The 2019 Buffalo Marathon Course tour 

 

• 2:00pm Saturday May 25.

• Meet at Hyatt Hotel, Pearl and Huron streets. $40.

• Reservations: Click on calendar at top, button below, or call 716-854-3749

2019 Buffalo Marathon Tour

May 25 is your chance to relax, scout the Buffalo Marathon route and absorb the city’s landmarks and lore (The next day you’ll be in too much of a hurry) You won’t break a sweat, either.

Familiarize yourself with the route and landmarks of the next day’s marathon aboard the fabulous Open-Air Autobus, and get expert commentary the whole 26.2 miles. Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, mansions by McKim, Mead & White, parks by Frederick Law Olmsted, historic office buildings, towering grain elevators, picturesque neighborhoods: all seen and explained. All in the time it takes to run a nice marathon, about 2:20.

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, through our LearnAboutBuffalo program, is the official tour provider for the Buffalo Marathon, and no one knows the city better than us. We have been chosen to lead runners, families, friends, and whoever wants a great tour and a great time, along a route known for its great architecture, absorbing history, and beautiful waterfront vistas.

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The Buffalo Whirlwind

• 10:00am Saturday June 29, July 6 & 20, Aug. 3, 17 & 24.

• 10:00am Sunday June 23, July 14 & 28, Aug. 11, Sept 1.

• Meet at Main & Huron streets. 90 minutes, $25. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

• Reservations: Click on calendar at top, button below, or call 716-854-3749

There are few places you can see buildings by America’s Big Three architects— Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and H.H. Richardson— plus a park system by Frederick Law Olmsted. Buffalo is one of them.

On this trip, besides the master works by the Masters, you’ll see scores of other beautiful buildings and houses by prominent national and international architects and the streets and neighborhoods where Buffalonians carry on their everyday lives. The tours are led by Tim Tielman, Executive Director of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo and recent Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, and Paul McDonnell, an award-winning architect and Chairman of The Campaign.

We start with the foundation of modern Buffalo, and modern urban America: The building and grounds of what was the Buffalo State Hospital, designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, conceived in 1870. We end with the Heath House by Frank Lloyd Wright of 1904.

In between, you’ll see world-altering industrial architecture, the preening mansions of Delaware Avenue, and the prototype for the skyscraper, Sullivan’s Guaranty Building. We’ll put it all in context for you, as we point out dozens of buildings as markers of Buffalo’s progress through the years.

You’ll see:

• Kleinhans Music Hall • First Presbyterian Church • Ellicott Square by Daniel Burnham & Co. • St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral by Richard Upjohn • The Canal District • Niagara & Lafayette squares • Millionaires’ Row • Allentown Historic District • Delaware Historic District • City Hall and Old County Hall • Theater Historic District • Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln parkways

The Whirlwind is an compelling 90-minute session with the passionate experts of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.

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The Grand Tour

• 10:00am Saturday June 22, July 13, Aug. 10 & 31

• 10:00am Sunday June 30, July 7 & 21, Aug. 18

• Meet at Main and Huron streets. $40. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

• Reservations: Click on calendar at top, button below, or call 716-854-3749

Some people just want more: More buildings, more neighborhoods, more stories, more impressions, and more understanding of The City of Buffalo. To meet that demand, we have a special 3-hour Grand Tour session that covers all the sites of our 90-minute Whirlwind session, but adds all the places we wish we could’ve shown you before with our mobile classroom the Open-Air Autobus.

Spend three hours with an expert and see:
• Lake Erie and Buffalo’s harbor defenses
• The Old First Ward
•The Grain Elevators (Hey, Tim Tielman, one of our tour leaders, wrote the book: “Buffalo’s Waterfront: A Guidebook.”).
• The revitalized Larkinville (um, in another life, Tim designed Larkin Square),
• The Linwood Historic District
• The Parkside Historic District
• Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House
• The Craftsmen-style bungalows on the site of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition
• Olmsted's Delaware Park, and more!

This 3-hour session is also available as a charter, with a rest and snack break—it makes a great afternoon outing!

The Grand Tour is led by Tim Tielman, Executive Director of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, Visits Buffalo Niagara 2019 Buffalo Ambassador of the Year, and recent Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, and Paul McDonnell, an award-winning architect and Chairman of The Campaign.

Buffalo Grand Tour

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A Grand Waterfront Expedition

• 10:00am Saturday July 27 and Sunday August 25.

• Meet at Main and Huron streets. Five hours, $70, includes a shore lunch. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

• Reservations: Click on calendar at top, button below, or call 716-854-3749

Join Campaign Executive Director Tim Tielman, author of "Buffalo's Waterfront," 2018 Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, 2019 Visit Buffalo-Niagara Ambassador of Year, on a very special tour of the Buffalo waterfront, from Lackawanna to Tonawanda, and up the Buffalo River. Discover scenic beauty, industrial heritage, forgotten historic sites, and iconic Buffalo landmarks. Up close, personal, and unforgettable. Includes a shore lunch!

A partial list of what you'll see:

• Outer Harbor parklands

• Buffalo's 1833 lighthouse

• Grain Elevators galore! 

• The Canal District

• The Cobblestone District

• The Old First Ward

• Erie Basin

• Unity Island

• War of 1812 sites

• Black Rock & Riverside 

A Grand Waterfront Expedition

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Travel anywhere around Buffalo anytime you want by chartering the Open-Air Autobus. There is no better way to learn abot Buffalo than to see, hear, smell the city. We’ve done trips for students from grade 2 to graduate students, weddings, bar mitzvahs, reunions, and corporations. You get a ride like no other and expert commentary from the passionate pros of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. We know our stuff!
• 46-person capacity
• See-thru, roll-down rain fly
• $700 for up to two hours with expert commentary; longer tours available
• About $15 per person at capacity
• $400 for up to three hours for bus & driver only
• Take a walking tour with same top-notch experts: $200 for 2 hrs. for up to 20 people; $10 ea. add’l.

 Call now: 716-854-3749