School Tours

“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


Thank you for your interest in bringing your students for a tour of Buffalo with us! Please note: our May-June 2018 school tour calendar is fully booked. We will be happy to book your tour for fall 2018 or spring 2019. Please contact for more information.

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 typically last 90 minutes, cost $5 per student, and run year-round. We welcome students of all ages and abilities. Explore Buffalo recommends a 10:1 student-to-chaperone ratio; all teachers, teacher aides, and parent chaperones are free. Begin the booking process today by filling out the online pre-registration form.

If your school is unable to pay the $5 per 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. Unfortunately, Explore Buffalo is not able to offer transportation reimbursement at this time.

For more information, please contact Education Coordinator Paige Melin at 716-245-3032 or

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