Buffalo Naval Park

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. 

Buffalo Naval Park

Buffalo Naval Park while on the Wharf at 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.

What to Expext

Covering a few thousand feet of Buffalo's Inner Harbor boardwalk, you will be able so see:

Two Battleships

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 Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval Park
USS The Sullivans at the Buffalo Naval Park

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)

USS Croaker at the Buffalo Naval Park

Military Equipment

  • F-101 Voodoo Fighter Jet (Flown out of the Niagara Falls Air Station as part of the 107th Tactical Interceptor Group's "Rainbow Squadron".)
  • P-39 Airacobra (This is one of 9,500 built out of the famous Bell Aircraft right here in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.)
  • UH-1 "Huey" (Probably the most recognized symbol of the Vietnam War, the "Huey" is a pretty big favorite at the park.)
  • The Naval Park also has M-41 Tanks, PT-Boats and a few other aircraft that will definitely keep you busy for awhile.
Buffalo Naval Park Tank
Buffalo Naval Park Jet
Buffalo Naval Park Missile

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.

Buffalo Naval Park Museums

Naval Park Museums

What We Liked The Most

This really was a tough one...

...The USS Little Rock and the USS The Sullivans.

Buffalo Naval Park Ships

Buffalo Naval Park USS The Sullivans and USS Little Rock

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.

BNTG Tip...Haunted Ship Alert!!

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 Sullivan Brothers

The Location

Buffalo Naval Park Grounds

Buffalo Naval Park Grounds

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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Best Time to Go

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.

What's Nearby

Within walking distance you can get to:

  • First Niagara Center (Home of the Buffalo Sabres)
  • Erie Basin Marina
  • Liberty Hound Restaurant (Located right in the Museum)
  • Pearl Street Brewery (Some of the best beer in town!)
  • Templeton Landing Restaurant
  • Buffalo Creek Casino

Hours, Admission and Contact Info


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


Individual Rates:

Adult (17+) - $9.00

Child (6-16) - $6.00

Senior (60+) - $6.00

Group Rates (15 +):

Adult (17+) - $5.00

Child (6-16) - $3.00

Senior (60+) - $5.00

Contact Information

One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 847-1773

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