School Tours

All Explore Buffalo tours are currently paused due to COVID-19. Please check our website for updates, or sign up for our email newsletter to be notified when tours resume. While our tours are paused, check out our many Explore @ Home offerings to participate in from home.

“The entire trip was great! The class had a great time learning about Buffalo and Canalside. For some this was the first, and possibly only, time they may have gone down there, so it was great!” – June 2019

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.

“The kids loved actually seeing places that they had learned about in the classroom!” – June 2019 

All of our 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. The Best of Buffalo, Canalside, and City Hall tours cost $7/student, while the Silo City Ground tour is $8/student. As the Michigan Street Tour is run in conjunction with several partner organizations, this tour is priced according to your group’s specific route. 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 that particular tour. 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.

“Both of our tour guides were great! They were so good with our students- giving them historical information while still allowing them to explore and take photos.” – October 2019

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 education@explorebuffalo.org.

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

“We really enjoyed being able to see the interiors of so many Buffalo landmarks. The students had a great time. We look forward to touring with you again!” – April 2019