The City of Buffalo is the economic and cultural hub for the Western New York region with a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million people. While it was once a busy industrial center, the Port of Buffalo is now home to world-famous architecture, outstanding universities, outstanding art galleries, and a diverse entertainment community. Modern Buffalo has been recognized as America's third cleanest city. It has won the "All-America City Award" two times, and USA Today's called it the "City with a Heart." It was also recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, and the New York Time says it is one of the 44 places to visit in the US.
The Port of Buffalo is well-known for its snow-laden winters. Its relatively humid continental climate has a maritime feeling influenced by the Great Lakes. The Port of Buffalo has short transitional seasons and a harsh winter. Average temperatures range from a high of 27 °C (80 °F) in July to a low of -8 °C (18 °F) in January.
In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States after the death of President William McKinley from an assassin's bullet. Four areas within the Port of Buffalo's Wilcox Mansion, the site of the inauguration, have been preserved and are now open for tours. In the Christmas season, the historic landmark home is decorated in grand Victorian style with a unique holiday boutique where visitors can find one-of-a-kind gifts.
Delaware Park is part of the larger Olmsted Park system designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm. This 141-hectare Port of Buffalo park with meadows and forests also contains facilities for jogging, tennis, golf, basketball, yoga, and Tai Chi. At its heart is the beautiful Hoyt Lake. During the summer, the public enjoys the "Shakespeare in Delaware Park" festival.
Just 12 kilometers north of the Port of Buffalo, visitors will find the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, the only such museum in the world, located in the original factory building. The museum has a working 1916 carousel and a Kiddies' Carousel from the 1940s. The entire first floor of the facility contains exhibits that explain the factory operations, and the museum hosts some 15 thousand visitors each year. Visitors can also join woodcarving classes, family events, and guided tours of the factory. The fascinating museum exhibits include carving and restoring the carousel horses and making the band organ rolls.