City of Light Bus Tour


General Admission: $40
Explorer Pass Holders; $35

At the end of the nineteenth century, Buffalo was a major American city in the forefront of technological progress.  It was a busy inland port and a railroad hub with heavy industry and state-of-the-art electricity – all of which brought great wealth to the city.  These economic and technological developments culminated in 1901 when Buffalo hosted a spectacular world’s fair: the Pan-American Exposition.

Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, which is set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century.


  • Reservations are required for this tour! Space is limited on the bus.
    • For check-in, please print your confirmation email or show it on your phone.
  • The tour is three hours in length and includes some walking and stairs.
  • The tour proceeds rain or shine.


The tour meets at Buffalo Seminary at 205 Bidwell Parkway. 

Image from the Library of Congress.