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 mixed interior and 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

  • NYS Social Studies Learning Standards & Themes supported: 1, 5; ID, TCC, GEO, SOC, GOV
  • NYS Social Studies Practices supported: 1, 2, 3, 5
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
  • supported: 2, 3, 6
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language supported: 4, 6

 

Riverfront Renaissance:

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

  • NYS Social Studies Learning Standards & Themes supported: 1, 3, 4; ID, TCC, GEO, SOC, TECH
  • NYS Social Studies Practices supported: 1, 2, 3
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
  • supported: 2, 3, 6
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language supported: 4, 6

 

City Hall:

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

  • NYS Social Studies Learning Standards & Themes supported: 1, 5; ID, MOV, SOC, GOV, CIV, ECO, TECH
  • NYS Social Studies Practices supported: 1, 2, 5
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
  • supported: 2, 3, 6
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language supported: 4, 6

 

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

  • NYS Social Studies Learning Standards & Themes supported: 1, 2, 3, 4; ID, MOV, TCC, GEO, TECH, EXCH
  • NYS Social Studies Practices supported: 1, 2, 3
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
  • supported: 2, 3, 6
  • K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language supported: 4, 6

 

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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