Community Coming Together To Make Buffalo a Prime Destination

July 29, 2011 Updated Jul 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 29, 2011 Updated Jul 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- It's been nearly a year since Bass Pro Shop decided not to set up shop in Buffalo but now tourism experts say the community is working to make Buffalo a prime destination.

"When you talk about bass pro out of the picture, it was a disappointment but the community has really rallied together to redefine what that experience will be," President of Visit Buffalo Niagara Dottie Gallagher-Cohen said.

From the South Side of Buffalo to downtown, city officials and local groups are coming together to make the Queen City a prime spot for tourist and an exciting place to call home for residents. Tourist groups, along with Triple A, have introduced their new motor coaches that will take people exploring in the city. It's all part of this year's National Buffalo Garden Festival Tour.

"We are introducing the first people to use are new motor coaches are people getting the garden tour part of a great annual festival," President AAA Western and Central New York Tom Chestnut said.

Gardens are not the only beautiful part of the city that people are enjoying. A local group called "On the Water Productions", started by two buffalo boaters, created the Outer Harbor Fest. It's a festival with concerts, rides, food and fireworks, all on the site of where the Pier Restaurant used to stand.

"It's a sight that has been dormant for a number of years which is unfortunate because it showcases the beautiful waterfront. We got the contract done with the NFTA to bring this land back to life. We've been cleaning and prepping it for the passed few months and it's just an idea spot right on the water," Co-Founder of On the Water Productions Jason Riggs said.

That festival runs until Sunday and it's fun for the whole family

Now, when you're talking about development in Buffalo you can help but mention Canal Side area. The City took the lead in revamping it, making the canal the sight for the ever-popular Thursday at the Square.

"The Erie Canal Harbor, what is happening down there are many events that are showcasing Buffalo's people and places and they are having a tremendous impact," Gallagher-Cohen said.

Tourism experts said this is just a glimpse of what Buffalo truly has to offer if the community keeps up its efforts.