Whenever someone hears of Erie County, New York, they immediately think of “Iris” and the Goo Goo Dolls. But rock bands and artists aside, the area produces a great variety of important people, from astronauts and researchers, to Nobel laureates and the inventor of modern chemotherapy. All in all, Erie County is a diverse cultural pool waiting to be taped.
Placed on the shores of Lake Erie, near Niagara Falls, Buffalo, the county seat, is a breathtaking city. It is both modern and full of history at the same time. Population wise it is second only to New York City in all of the state, this city has grown significantly over the years.
It is quite shameful that most people in the vicinity of the Buffalo area rush with the speed of light to Niagara Falls. The “City of no Illusions” deserves much more attention. The work of Frederick Law Olmsted, known as the father of Central Park, can be seen throughout the city’s park-scape. Deeply impressed and enamored with the style of the public gardens and boulevards in Paris during that period, he borrowed certain elements, and incorporated them in all the designs he did for Buffalo.
So, grab a cup of coffee at the Daily Planet on Hertel Ave, and start exploring. With amazing pieces ranging from Matisse to Frieda Kahlo, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is well worth a place on your checklist. Have a rest and then visit one of the other few dozen art galleries present.
Are you more outdoorsy and less of an art enthusiast? Be in the area around Thanksgiving and take part in the Turkey Trot. Way older than the Boston Marathon, this race continuously gathers funds to support the YMCA services in the region. So put on your best pair of running shoes and have at it.
The entire Erie County is quite big on food – and yes, there are more options than the well-known Buffalo Chicken Wings of Anchor Bar. A multitude of restaurants with different cuisines from all over the world will make for a difficult choice. Visit more than one and you’ll have to hike every trail available, from the ones in Akron Falls, to the ones in Chestnut Ridge and Emery Park.
Stop in Tonawanda, north of Buffalo, and enjoy the one-week long Canal Festival. Organized by a non-profit, the event brings together both sides of the canal for a magical seven days. Visit Gateway Harbor in summer, find a boat, and savor one of free concerts held here.
With all this in mind, it’s no wonder the area has boomed during the last few years. Home to great scenery, culture, and up-beat people, Erie County is a great place to live and raise a family. New Home Source will definitely support you in this venture!