Delaware Park is another must see attraction in Buffalo. The wonderful thing about the park is how much it offers to Buffalonians (and tourists, alike!) without costing you a dime. Even on a dreary spring day, when it is gloomy outside, I guarantee you can walk into Delaware Park and be revitalized, like a trip to a day spa but without all of the expensive treatments. The only thing you need to do is breathe in some fresh air in the park, and your whole day is made! Delaware Park is also a great way to enjoy the changing seasons around Buffalo without ever leaving town! My photos capture a somewhat bleak spring day (but it was incredibly warm and the park was bustling with all sorts of people and activities!) but I guarantee you can find the beauty of fall, summer, and even winter days at the park.
The start of spring also means the start of baseball and softball leagues in and around the park. I went for a long run on the nearly 2 mile loop around the park and stopped to snap pictures of the action. Feeling like golf is more your speed? Great! There is a golf course! Want to check out some exotic animals? Bring your wallet and head to The Buffalo Zoo--it is also right in the park, and it is truly cool to run or bike through the park and see giraffes poking their heads out to look back at you. There are also basketball courts, soccer fields, and plenty of water fountains and bathroom stations for your convenience.
If you are headed to the park in the summer months, I highly recommend bringing a couple of bucks, a blanket, and a good book and having a picnic in one of the many open sitting areas in and around the park. This stand is called "Ashkers in the Park" and is an offshoot of a restaurant called "Ashkers" in the Elmwood Village. It is located off Meadow Drive, and in the summer months they always provide free lemon infused and cucumber infused flavored waters to sip on as you walk or run by!
One of my favorite parts of Delaware Park is the incredible architecture that is right outside of it. The houses surrounding the park are some of the most enviable and expensive in Buffalo, and lucky for us, they have been preserved and beautifully kept for centuries so we can soak them in as we enter and exit the park.
I truly believe that beauty is found everywhere in Buffalo--even if you have to look a little harder in certain neighborhoods. One thing is for sure--Delaware Park is a wonderful all-season attraction that should not be missed!