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Old 09-13-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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I will be attending a conference Buffalo late October.....Just trying to get a feel for the weather and things to do downtown. Seen plenty of places via my online search... wanted some ideas for some good local eating places and some nightlife fitting for a 30 something.. (i.e jazz, blues, top 40 etc)

Also, is it worth the trip of to the Falls and the related stuff over in Niagara Canada? And is if the crossing is a pain, what days/times should I not attempt it? Did a googlemaps street view of the City.. seems like it has a nice entertainment district up there.....

Thanks
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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October 15 Average Buffalo High Temp per weather.com is 61 degrees. Downtown things to do include Lion King at Shea's Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres and other events at First Niagara Center, a small slots only casino and dozens of restaurants. Also plently of local professional theatre and movies in the downtown theater district, slightly away from downtown is the Buffalo Philharmonic in one of the world's most accoutically perfect music halls - Kleinhan's. Enjoy!!!
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:51 PM
 
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Niagara Canada is worth a visit. You can walk across at the rainbow bridge. If you have a passport and no DUI or Felonies on your record you should have an issue crossing. Timing is important. If there is a football or hockey game in town the borders get backed up with people coming in and then leaving later.

It is worth a visit to the Canadian side as there isn't much on the US Side. Lots of cheesy tourist traps that can soak up a lot of money.


If you are driving ... pull up mobile.peacebridge.com on your cell phone and it will give you live wait times on all the area border crossings.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Where are you from?

Weather: Oct here can be from the 20s and snow to the 70s and lovely. (Seriously, a few years back, we had a horrendous storm dubbed " the Oct. Surprise" and trees crashed down from the wet snow on the leaves! Knocked our power out for a week +)

Going to Canada: If you are going to go to Canada, there is not a lot of easy transportation unless you have a car. You need a passport or what most of around here have -- an enhanced driver licence ( proof of citizenship) to get back into the US. If you have a rental, you might need to get "going to Canada" insurance on it.

Location: Where are you staying? If downtown, it is pretty easy to get over to Elmwood. If you are by the airport or in the burbs, you need a car.

Go online for the Buffalo news on Friday and read Gusto. It has things going on that week. Alternative publications like ArtVoice will give you other things to do.

Just bring things you can layer ( shirt, sweater, light coat) and you should be ok.

[Marc makes a good point: Canadians are really serious about DUIs and other things which are misdemeanors here. Go on the Canadian websites and see if you have any problems]
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Thanks for the info.. no DUIs or criminal record so I should be fine.. I am from the Baltimore area so I imagine that there are some similiarities between the Cityscape in terms of the industrial nature and blue collar history. I have read up a on a few venues and look forward to the visit.. I will be staying downtown and was a little surprised that the light rail does not run out to the airport... but I am sure I can take a taxi but like to take public transit when it is practical.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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There is an express bus that runs from the airport to downtown. Depending on when your flight is arriving that might be an option. It's much cheaper than a taxi and not that much slower.

The schedule is here: http://metro.nfta.com/Routes/ttpdf/2011-09-04/204.pdf (broken link)
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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If you are looking at transportation from the airport you could check in advance. I called around for quotes for an airport shuttle for a business trip and was surprised at how dramatically different the prices were from company to company. Some were $45 .. Some were $100 ..
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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If you do cross the border there are some tips here.. Some won't apply but there is good advice.

Game Day Travel Tips
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:14 AM
 
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Thanks for the info.. no DUIs or criminal record so I should be fine.. I am from the Baltimore area so I imagine that there are some similiarities between the Cityscape in terms of the industrial nature and blue collar history. I have read up a on a few venues and look forward to the visit.. I will be staying downtown and was a little surprised that the light rail does not run out to the airport... but I am sure I can take a taxi but like to take public transit when it is practical.
Find out from the hotel if they have a shuttle. Most of the larger ones do. It should get you to and from the airport. If you can't get a hotel shuttle ( my first choice) or take the NFTA bus, then get Airport Taxi ( they are all over at the Airport ) and tell them you want to get downtown by the 33 expressway ( goes right to downtown and starts at the airport ). Many cabbies will -- like everywhere else -- take a "scenic route".
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