Jets road trip 2011: Buffalo

Tourists at an overlook of Horseshoe Falls on Tourists at an overlook of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. (July 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Niagara Parks Commission

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The Jets travel to AFC East rival Buffalo to play the Bills on Nov. 6, 2011. If you're going to take a road trip upstate, here's a quickie travel guide of 10 things to do and places to see while you're in town. Use the comments section at the bottom to share your favorite places.

1. Niagara Falls State Park
Prospect Street, Niagara Falls
716-218-1796
niagara-usa.com

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What's a trip to Buffalo without heading north to Niagara Falls? The trip is free if you're just going to take a look. If you want a ride on the Maid of the Mist, you're looking at less than $15 per person. Only get amped up for the Mist for games earlier in the season; the attraction closes in late October.

2. Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
716-837-9300

buffalozoo.org

For under $10, you can see Siberian tigers, Asian elephants, lizards, poison arrow frogs and smew. The Buffalo Zoo works with other zoos in programs to exchange animals, meaning that you could catch an exotic animal during your trip.

3. Niagara Wine Trail

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niagarawinetrail.org

Wine in Niagara? You bet. There are 13 wine trails, and soon another two will be added. If you are a wine connoisseur, the trek is a must. If you love ice wine -- a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes -- it's the wine country for you.

4. Shea's Performing Arts Center

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646 Main St.
716-847-1410
sheas.org

Shea's brings in Broadway musicals, comedians, music and dance. In 2011, Mike Epps will be in the house the day before the game on Nov. 5. He'll be joined by other comedians, including Sheryl Underwood.

5. Buffalo Sabres game
One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza
888-GO-SABRES
sabres.nhl.com

Buffalo is hockeytown, and Buffalonians love the Sabres. If you're up in Buffalo the Friday before the game, you can catch the Sabres taking on the Flames in an electric atmosphere.

6. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
370 Pennsylvania St.
716-885-5000
bpo.org

If you prefer the fine arts, the Buffalo Philharmonic brings in some of the best musicians from across the world. In 2011, Michael Ludwig, a BPO concertmaster, will be performing the Friday and Saturday before the Jets-Bills game.

7. Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls
716-299-1100
senecaniagaracasino.com

With more than 4,200 slot machines, 100 tables and a poker room, this casino is the real deal for gamers. Seneca also offers a hotel and spa, dining (a steakhouse, buffet and Italian dining among the options) and entertainment (including comedians and musicians).

8. Beaver Meadow Audubon
1610 Welch Road, North Java
585-457-3228
buffaloaudubon.org

If you're in Buffalo in November, chances are there will be snow. The best way to take advantage? Hitting the slopes, either for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Beaver Meadow Audubon, a 324-acre nature preserve, is one of the best options to satisfy your winter sports appetite.

9. Walden Galleria
One Walden Galleria
716-681-7600
waldengalleria.com

The Walden is Buffalo's best shopping spot, featuring more than 200 stores. Don't worry about eating beforehand, either; the mall touts its international food court.

10. Nightlife on Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo has several spots to to eat or drink at night. Elmwood Avenue is one of the many options. Get there early in the evening to check out the local shops, grab a bite at a restaurant (hopefully with some wings), and then head to a bar or club for the night.

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