One of the largest cities in Northern New York is Buffalo. It is considered the culture and education capital of Upstate New York and is, therefore, a student and family orientated town. The city has several professional sports teams, museums, art galleries and historical landmarks to keep you busy, and
even one of the oldest zoos throughout the United States. There is also the Buffalo Botanical Gardens amongst other lush green parks to set yourself a lovely and intimate picnic. Buffalo really does seem like a town and, while not as large as NYC, it is beautiful and diversified in its own right. It is also a good base if you are wanting to explore Upstate New York.