Explore the Summer Free Family Tours



Upcoming Dates:

No further dates for this tour available in 2017 – check back in 2018!



Get out & explore this summer with Explore Buffalo’s free tour series! Join us on Saturdays during the summer for the Riverfront Renaissance tour to learn all about the fascinating history of Buffalo’s waterfront, today one of our most exciting public spaces! After the tour, grab some sun & have fun designing your own grain elevators. All craft materials provided by Explore Buffalo, and youth participants also receive an Honorary Explorers Certificate, our Downtown Activity Book, & more!

Tours are open to all youth under the age of 18 with a parent or guardian. No reservations necessary!

Tour Details:

  • This tour meets in front of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park, 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo NY 14202 (near the Liberty Hound building).
  • Street parking is available on some surrounding streets. Paid parking is available in the parking ramp at Harborcenter.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – tours run rain or shine!
  • Cameras are encouraged!
Riverfront Renaissance Walking Tour Description:

Water has always been important to Buffalo’s growth – the Erie Canal ended here, grain elevators were invented here, and today, our waterfront is helping to reenergize the city and fuel our renaissance! Join us on this tour in one of Buffalo’s most vibrant public spaces, Canalside, and explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buffalo. On this tour, you’ll get to explore some of the most important aspects of our city’s past, as well as the new waterfront attractions that are bringing Buffalonians to its water once again.




This program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.