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Old First Ward

October 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buffalo! The First Ward is the neighborhood adjacent to the Buffalo River, located in the shadows of the grain elevators that employed many of the neighborhood’s residents. On this tour, you will learn about how the growth and development of the neighborhood was closely tied to the rise of the grain trade at Buffalo’s harbor.  A neighborhood with a proudly Irish heritage, the First Ward has been the birthplace and home to some of Buffalo’s most famous citizens, including Michael Shea, Jimmy Slattery, and Fingy Connors. Come on this tour to learn their stories and many more! The tour will end at Gene McCarthy’s Tavern and Old First Ward Brewing, the perfect place to enjoy a pint after the tour. This tour is approximately 90 minutes in length and approximately 1.75 miles of walking.

Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park at 41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Street parking is available on Hamburg and South Streets by the park – please do not use the parking lot for the Waterfront Memories & More Museum.

Walking Tour Prices: 

  • General Admission: $17
  • Children & Students: $7
  • Explorer Pass Members: FREE

Tour Procedures & Policies: 

  • Reservations are required for all tours, including for Explorer Pass members. Walk-ups without reservations cannot be accommodated. Tours are generally limited to a maximum of 15 people per group. 
    • Reservations close two hours before the tour’s scheduled start time (for example, reservations close at 8am for a 10am tour). 
    • Reservations can be made online; please email [email protected] or call (716) 245-3032 if you need assistance. 
    • If you have an Explore Buffalo walking pass (orange or blue), please email [email protected] to reserve your tour. 
    • The Explore Buffalo docent for your tour will have a list of tour reservations for their tour; you do not need to print or bring any tour confirmation. 
  • Children & Student Admission is for children ages 6-18 or college students with a valid student ID. Children ages 5 and under are free and do not require a reservation. 
  • Accessibility: Please contact us at [email protected] or (716) 245-3032 if you plan to attend this tour and will require accommodations or if you have questions about accessibility. 
  • If you feel ill or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend any Explore Buffalo tours. We will be happy to refund your reservation or welcome you to join us at a later date. 
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. In the event of weather that requires a tour cancellation, we will contact registered tour guests in advance of the tour. 
  • See our FAQs page for our refund policy and answers to other questions.
  • By confirming your reservation for any Explore Buffalo tour, you acknowledge and accept Explore Buffalo’s tour policies. 


October 6, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm