Buffalo Sports and RecreationBuffalo has an extensive municipal park system where sports enthusiasts can find ample playing space. More than 100 baseball and softball diamonds are available, as are 84 tennis courts and three soccer fields. Sports such as lawn bowling and cricket also are offered. Swimming can be enjoyed at local pools and beaches.
Running tracks are available for walkers, joggers and runners. Basketball courts and football fields are scattered throughout town; six indoor ice rinks offer year-round ice skating.
Skiing is very popular in the region. Nine major areas with chair lifts, T-bars and other facilities are within close driving distance of the city; Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley are less than an hour away. Other winter sports such as tobogganing, sledding and snowmobiling are permitted in public parks.
Those who consider spectating a sport in its own right will find plenty of company in Buffalo, where stadiums and arenas are filled with professional fans. Football lovers can see the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field; phone (877) 228-4257. The Buffalo Bisons play baseball at Coca-Cola Field; phone (716) 843-4373. Slicing the ice in the KeyBank Center every winter is the Buffalo Sabres hockey team; phone (716) 855-4100 or (888) 223-6000. Buffalo's numerous colleges and universities also offer a wide variety of sporting events.
Four-legged athletes offer their share of excitement to horse racing buffs as well. Harness racing is held at the Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg; phone (716) 649-1280 for schedule.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The sales tax in Buffalo is 8.75 percent. There also is a 3-5 percent tax levied on lodgings and a 6 percent tax on rental cars.
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Buffalo General Medical Center, (716) 859-5600; Erie County Medical Center, (716) 898-3000; Mercy Hospital, (716) 826-7000; Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, (716) 891-2400.
403 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone:(716)852-0511 or (800)283-3256
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Hertz, (716) 632-4763 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak has two connecting stations: one at Exchange Street near the junction of Main and Seneca streets and another on Dick Road, in Depew.
Greyhound Lines Inc. operates out of the Ellicott Street Bus Terminal downtown; phone (716) 855-7532 or (800) 231-2222. For New York Trailways information phone (800) 295-5555 or (800) 858-8555.
Cab companies include Airport Taxi Service, (716) 633-8294, and Queen City Taxi, (716) 874-5050. The base rate is $2.30 at flag drop plus $3 per mile.
The major Metro bus routes operate daily 5 a.m. to midnight. Service varies by route, but buses generally run every 20 minutes on weekdays. The base fare is $2; exact fare is required.