School Tours

We are now booking school tours for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

“The docents were excellent with my young students. The students actually remembered the name of the architect who designed City Hall! Bravo!” – St. Joseph’s University School, 2017

Explore Buffalo School Tours take your students on a journey to discover Buffalo’s fascinating architecture, history, and neighborhoods.

Our school tours are designed to meet elements of the NYS Social Studies Common Core Framework for all grade levels and offer inquiry-based, interactive learning experiences appropriate for public, private, and homeschooled student groups. Our tours provide students with a deeper understanding of their city’s historical, regional, and global significance and encourage students to develop into responsible citizens through learning about their local community.  See full tour descriptions here.

All of tours are led by specially-trained volunteer docents, many of whom are retired teachers. Tours for grades K-2 run 1 hour, and tours for grades 3-12 run 90 minutes. Tours cost $7/student, with the exception of Silo City Ground, which is $8/student. We welcome students of all ages and abilities. Explore Buffalo recommends a 10:1 student-to-chaperone ratio. Teachers and teacher aides are free, with one (1) complimentary parent chaperone admission for every 10 students. Additional parent chaperones are welcome, but will be asked to pay the student rate of $7 per person ($8 for Silo City). Please note the City Hall School Tour accommodates a maximum of 50 guests (students & adult chaperones) per day. Begin the booking process today by filling out the online pre-registration form.

Tours must be booked at least one month in advance, and must be confirmed no later than the 5th of the month of the tour. We cannot guarantee availability for any tours requested after the 5th of the same month.

If your school is unable to pay the student tour fee, Explore Buffalo has limited scholarship funds available to assist low-income schools. Please indicate that you are interested in this option in the “Anything else we should know” section of the pre-registration form. Transportation reimbursements are available on a limited first-come, first served basis to qualified schools thanks to the Ticket to Ride program administered by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. Please contact us for more information.

For more information, please contact Education Coordinator Mack Barker at 716-245-3032 ext. 203 or

Join us this school year – book your school tour today!