Though a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Buffalo in terra firma style and comfort with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to a historic architecture tour of your choice from Open-Air Autobus of Buffalo (a $40 value). Hurry to redeem this Groupon as it expires July 3.
During Open-Air Autobus tours, docents culled by The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture profess ardent passion for the preservation of Buffalo's cityscape through detailed descriptions of noteworthy buildings and other histori-cultural sites. Thursday through Sunday, groups hop on a green drop-top bus and depart on one of five two-hour urban expeditions. The popular Whirlwind tour whizzes past Prairie-style structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Romanesque remixes by H.H. Richardson, and commercial monuments by Louis Sullivan in a Buffalo-centric, historical reenactment of the 1994 thriller Speed. The Historic Neighborhoods tour highlights architectural styles that boomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the Atomic Age Suburb jaunt surveys the suburban explosion of the 1950s and the brief popularity of Cape Cod–style houses made out of actual cod.
Though no alcohol is permitted on board the bus, tour guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their own snacks and beverages, as well as a poncho in case of rain or a mid-June blizzard. Proceeds from Open-Air Autobus tours benefit historic preservation and furthering educational efforts regarding the city's notable architecture.