The Buffalo Naval Park is one of the best waterfront tourist attractions featuring battleships, submarines, tanks and jets along the back drop of Buffalo's skyline and the popular Canalside.
With more and more dollars being invested into the Buffalo Inner Harbor every year, the Naval Park continues to grow in popularity and has been drawing tourists wanting to see our naval history along with significant Marine Corp Memorabilia.
Covering a few thousand feet of Buffalo's Inner Harbor boardwalk, you will be able so see:
USS Little Rock (A 610 foot Cleveland class cruiser commissioned in 1945 that was later converted to a guided missile cruiser and is the only guided missile cruiser on display in the U.S.)
USS The Sullivans (At 376 feet and commissioned in 1943, she is most famous for the tragic loss of the 5 Sullivan brothers while fighting in the Battle of the Solomon Islands.) Listed as one of Buffalo's Haunted Places.
One Large Submarine
USS Croaker (Anyone can see a battleship, not everyone gets a chance to see a 311 foot submarine that had 6 WWI Pacific War patriots and was awarded 3 battle stars)
Along with the ships and equipment, be sure to check out the many exhibits that include Marine Corps Memorabilia, Ex-POW Memorabilia, and Vietnam Veterans.
This really was a tough one...
...The USS Little Rock and the USS The Sullivans.
For myself and the kids, seeing those big ships sitting in the canal along with the chance to get in there for a full "top to bottom" tour was definitely the highlight of the visit.
That's right, the USS The Sullivans is said to be haunted by one or more of the brothers in the image below and numerous people have noted very weird events, sightings and strange voices heard all through the night.
The Buffalo Naval Park is located along a nice stretch of the Lake Erie waterfront that runs from the tip of the Erie Basin Marina down past the new Buffalo Inner Harbor and Canalside, and over to the back of the First Niagara Center.
Though a large portion of this area is still in the early stages of development, the right pieces are starting to take shape.
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If you really want to enjoy not only the ships and other exhibits but want to take in the surrounding park and marina, the best time to go is July, August and September.
We have gone in June and even as late as October which offer less crowds. However, there are surrounding restaurants that are best enjoyed mid to late summer.
Within walking distance you can get to:
April -October for the Museum and Exhibits.
10:00am - 5:00pm
November - Saturday and Sunday and the Friday after Thanksgiving
10:00am - 4:00pm
December - March: Closed
One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202