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“Back to Nature”

Tifft Nature Preserve
Ranked #37 of 157 things to do in Buffalo
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Owner description: Only three miles outside downtown Buffalo, this environmental education and conservation site bordering Lake Erie offers hiking trails, boardwalks and a cattail marsh that is great for bird-watching. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular in winter.
Buffalo, New York
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Back to Nature”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Imagine being in the heart of a city adjacent to a nature preserve with many walking trails to transport you from urban traffic and noise to the most peaceful natural environment of plants, trees, birds and animals. What a contrast - a skyway, some rusted grain silos in the distance, the distant sound of a train...all echoes of a once active industrial city, but those past icons fade quickly away as my husband and I walked deeper into the over 70 acres of woods and water ponds of Buffalo, NY's Tifft Nature Preserve. The miracle is this natural wonderland was once industrial landfill ! At dusk, we saw a shy, beautiful fawn, bunnies hopping across our path, and a beaver headed toward the pond where he had started a dam. There is a visitor's center with displays and information about the flora and fauna of Buffalo, New York's Tifft Nature Preserve. On a recent Sunday, we saw children (a birthday party group can be arranged here) eyeing the displays in preparation for a discovery walk through the woods - but with warnings to avoid the nettles on Nettles Lane !
Others enjoyed a picnic at the near-by tables, or fished in one of the several ponds. There is no entrance fee and free parking for some dozen or so cars outside the gate. Tifft Nature Preserve is a great morning or afternoon activity for any age group, and an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of Nature.

Visited July 2013
Thank 60974Isernia
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Derby, New York, United States
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nature Preserved!”
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Birds, birds, birds!!!! If you like them this is one of the best places in buffalo to see them. From green herons to scarlet tanagers. The hiking is great and the signage is very informative. Bring some lunch and enjoy!

Visited July 2013
Thank Marc S
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great afternoon!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

My boyfriend took my daughter and I and said the birds would eat out of your hand. Five minutes in...they were! Bring some birdseed and watch the chickadees eat it out of your hand! Saw deer as well! Very relaxing. Boardwalks are nice.

Visited April 2012
Thank kandofrank
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TifftNaturePreserve, Education Assistant at Tifft Nature Preserve, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed Tifft! We do ask that you refrain from feeding birds or any wildlife on the preserve. Feeding wildlife makes them dependent on humans, and can cause health problems for the animals. A great way to observe birds at Tifft is to bring a pair of binoculars to get a up close and personal view. Tifft provides binocular rentals in our Visitor Center, please feel free to stop in during your next visit!
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Orchard Park, New York
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Nature next to industry”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Amazing what can thrive so close to the city. A nice place to see birds and marshlands. Fishing. Boardwalks thru the marsh.

1 Thank Sue K
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