There’s so much to do in Buffalo, we have put together some ideas of how a group of four or 40 could enjoy a day in Buffalo!
10 – 3:00pm
Shop the 20+ stores on a walking stroll through all of downtown and its outskirts. Don’t forget Second Hand Rose (the original occasional store) or Buffalo Nickel and Waldon Woods Antiques—two barns you will see from Highway 55 as you enter town from the metro. Browse their collections of home furnishings, from custom designed pieces to true collectible antiques. (See all the wares on Facebook: Occasional Shops of Buffalo, Minnesota.) Looking for fun fashion? You’ll find all you need, from name brand women’s apparel to slightly used for all ages. Grab lunch at one of the local delis, where homemade soups and sandwiches await!
3 – 5:00pm
Sit outside on the deck and sample wines or craft beers at Buffalo Rock Winery, just east of town, or Hayes Public House Brewery & Taproom across from Buffalo Lake. Whether fruity or robust, dark or light, you will find something to delight your taste buds!
5 – 7:00pm
Choose from a variety of group-friendly restaurants for dinner. The Tavern at Wild Marsh is on beautiful Wild Marsh Golf Course on the south side of Buffalo Lake. You can’t beat the view and the menu boasts something for everyone, from steak and seafood to adult macaroni and cheese. Bunkers of Course on Buffalo Heights Golf Course is located just south of town and has a great burger menu in a more casual setting. There are three Mexican restaurants and a sushi/hibachi grill restaurant for those of you on the more daring side!
Catch a Buffalo Community Theater production, a Buffalo Community Orchestra concert, or enjoy a free concert at Concerts in the Park on Thursday nights all summer long! Sit on the shores of Buffalo Lake and hear tunes from classical to rock in the outdoor band shell. There’s no better way to end a summer day.
Enjoy the hot tub and comfortable rooms at the Country Inn & Suites. If your group enjoys crafting, book a weekend with Your Time Arts & Crafts Retreat, a house specifically set up for scrapbooking, knitting, quilting and more.
8 – 12:00pm
Start the day with a cup of coffee or tea at Buffalo Books & Coffee downtown, or other favorites like Starbucks, Dunn Bros, and Caribou. Looking for a creative way to see all the sights and sounds of Buffalo? Challenge your group to find all 23 of the life-sized buffalo statues that are uniquely decorated and situated all over town. They can be found in parks, museums, storefronts, and lobbies. Can you find the Buffalo Fish? The pink buffalo with the long eyelashes? Buffalo Roam maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Enjoy the hunt!
History buffs will love a tour of the Wright County Historical Society on the north side of Highway 25. With 8,000 square feet of gallery space, there is much to see and learn. Open daily Monday through Friday. The best part? It’s free!
Enjoy the color and bounty of locally grown food at the Farmers Market in downtown Buffalo, open Saturdays 8am to noon, from May through October. Find everything from baked goods to garden fresh vegetables and flowers, and maybe a musician or two to hear along the way!
12 – 2:00pm
Rent a pontoon, a paddleboat, or a canoe, or try your hand at paddleboarding at the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake. If solid ground is more your style, enjoy a walk along the lake path in Sturges Park. Here you will see 11 large musical instruments to try your hand at making music! You can also choose to hit the greens at one of the two golf courses or go mini golfing at Huikko’s Entertainment Center.
Here in the fall? Enjoy picking your own apples and take a hayride at Deer Lake Orchard. Enjoy a hot caramel apple sundae or a slice of fresh baked apple pie. Then wash it all down with a tall glass of hard cider!
A visit to Buffalo any time of the year isn’t complete without a walking tour of Buffalo‘s historic Central Business District. Several of these prestigious buildings were built in 1880s and 1890s and are now home to retail shops and commercial businesses. During your walking tour of Buffalo‘s historic district, take time to enjoy lunch on the patio at BJ’s or a picnic in Sturges Park on beautiful Buffalo Lake. Detailed information on the historic buildings may be found in this downloadable tour flyer.
Antique, Vintage & Specialty Shops
Buffalo is home to a variety of specialty gift shops and several unique antique shops, and most are open daily. Then on the first Thursday of each month, the occasional sales weekend gets underway in Buffalo. Open only one weekend of each month, these specialty shops feature antiques, vintage goods, unique gifts, baked goods, candles and everything and anything you could possibly wish for on a weekend of shopping. Shopping is great any time in Buffalo! Be sure to pick up a free copy of the Visitor’s Guide at one of the local businesses or stop by the Chamber Office at 205 Central Avenue to receive one – the Guide contains a detailed map of the shop locations!
Grand Slam Golf Weekend
Enjoy both golf courses for a non-stop weekend of golf: Wild Marsh Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Champions Tour Player, Graham Marsh in 2000, was named one of the top 25 golf courses in the Minneapolis metro area. Buffalo Heights Golf Course, established 75 years ago, is a nine-hole course nestled in the hillside of Buffalo. The course offers challenges for the expert with a majority of par 4 and 5 holes while remaining a comfortable 1-1/2 hour walking course.
Fall Splendor in Buffalo
Enjoy the splendor of the autumn leaves as they take on the brilliant colors of autumn during your fall visit to Buffalo. Be sure to include a visit to one of the local apple orchards where kiddies can enjoy picking apples, hay wagon rides, or a romp through the pumpkin patch where you can select your Halloween pumpkins. Then warm up with a cup of hot apple cider and a sampling of home-made apple pie before your journey home.
Buffalo Roam Tour
Be Buffalo Bound! Buffalo, MN is just a short drive west on Highway 55 from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The 45 minute drive will be well worth your time as you discover all Buffalo has to offer. You will first notice some buffalo statues as you drive around town, even though the city is named after a buffalo fish found in beautiful Buffalo Lake, that the city is built on. Buffalo is known for its lake beauty, their quaint downtown with the unique specialty and occasional shops, and its general rural friendliness. Spend a day or spend a weekend – there is much to do and see in Buffalo!