City of Light Bus Tour


General Admission: $40
Explorer Pass Holders: $35

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, February 24 – 1 PM

Saturday, March 10 – 1 PM

Saturday, March 24 – 1 PM

Saturday, April 7 – 1 PM

Saturday, April 21 – 1 PM

Saturday, May 5 – 1 PM

Saturday, May 26 – 1 PM

Saturday, June 16 – 1 PM

Saturday, June 30 – 1 PM

Saturday, July 14 – 1 PM

Friday, July 27 – 1 PM

Saturday, August 11 – 1 PM

Friday, August 24 – 1 PM

Saturday, September 1 – 1 PM

Saturday, September 15 – 1 PM

Saturday, October 6 – 1 PM

Saturday, October 20 – 1 PM

Saturday, November 10 – 1 PM

Saturday, November 24 – 1 PM

Saturday, December 8 – 1 PM

Thursday, December 27 – 1 PM

Saturday, December 29 – 1 PM




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. Join us on this three-hour bus tour to see many of the locations featured in the novel, including the site of the Pan-American Exposition grounds, historic mansions, and downtown landmarks.

The tour makes several stops to visit building interiors, including Hotel Henry at the Richardson-Olmsted Campus. Each stop includes a short distance of walking and some stairs, including getting on and off the bus.


  • 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.  Ample street parking for this tour is available along both sides of Bidwell Parkway.