School Tour Options

Our tours can accommodate a variety of group sizes. Tour content is modified to suit various grade levels.

Best of Buffalo:

An overview of Buffalo history that takes students through the heart of downtown Buffalo. This exterior walking tour teaches students about prominent architectural buildings and styles, the Erie Canal and the Pan-American Exposition, the history of Niagara and Lafayette Squares, and more.

Points of interest: City Hall, Central Library, Ellicott Square Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral


Canalside Then & Now:

This walking tour leads students through the vibrant Canalside area to discuss the history of Buffalo’s waterfront, the Erie Canal, and Canalside’s present-day cultural, artistic, and community uses.

Points of interest: DL & W Station, Whipple Truss Bridge & Commercial Slip, Sharkgirl


City Hall (maximum 50 attendees per day)

An interior walking tour that introduces students to the diverse and meaningful art throughout the Art Deco-masterpiece City Hall, as well as to the different tiers and responsibilities of civic government.

 Points of interest: Observation Deck (recommended grades 3 and up), Common Council Chamber, abundant Art Deco motifs


Presidents in Buffalo

This exterior walking tour will take students on a journey of presidential stories – some which are often told, and others less widely known. Learn about presidents who are prominent in Buffalo history, particularly Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Points of interest: City Hall, Old County Hall, Hotel Lafayette


Silo City

A mixed interior and exterior walking tour that teaches students about the importance of the grain elevators, Buffalo’s once-booming grain economy, industrialization, the Erie Canal, and more! This tour is recommended for grades 5 and up. Only the Silo City Ground tour is available for school tour groups.  

Points of interest: Marine A, Perot, and American silos, Buffalo River


Custom Tours

Designed by you and made stress-free by us! We work with you to design a tour that meets your class size, teaching style, and curriculum needs. Please choose “Custom Tour” as your tour option in the online booking form and our education team will work with you to plan a tour that is just what you are looking for! Costs for custom tours vary.

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