Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo

Categories: Military Museums, Military Facilities, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, formerly known as The Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park, is a museum on the shore of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. It is home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, including the Cleveland-class cruiser, the Fletcher-class destroyer, and the submarine. All three are open to the public for tours.HistoryThe construction of the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park started in 1977. The park was opened to the public on July 4, 1979. The Cleveland-class cruiser, the Fletcher-class destroyer were part of the original display. In 1988 the Gato-class submarine was added. In 1989 the Croaker underwent a refit.The Park has gone through a few major changes in recent years. In 2003 the ships were moved slightly to the foot of Pearl and Main streets. A new synergy has come to Buffalo's Waterfront, known as Canalside, and the Naval Park abuts the historic Commercial Slip. New structures were added including a new museum, and the new Liberty Hound restaurant opened in the summer of 2012.
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  • As a US Navy veteran, seeing these ships brought back many memories--some good and some not so much. It was a treat seeing these warships and explaining various shipboard installations. A great piece ...  read more »
  • Located a block a way from the Key Bank Center the Naval Park has Authentic Battleships and submarines available for tour and sleepovers. The ships and submarine were in actual use during actual wars....  read more »
  • We visit the Naval Park about once or twice a year with our kids and anyone else who wants to tag along. The ships hold much history as well as the growing museum that is along side ships on land. It ...  read more »
  • The Buffalo Naval and Military park is one of my favorite places to go! They have done a great service to the Military Men and Women of the region with this park. Their displays and narrations are informative and concise. The quality of displays and the ability to go deep into the ships are the reason I keep going back here. They have done a great job of keeping the prices down over the years. There are other parks such as this around the country that don't allow you to explore the ships nearly as much, yet charge more. Well done!
  • Simply amazing. So much history and to be able to actually tour 2 ships, and a submarine that were part of history made it even better not to mention 2 museums. There is tons of old memorabilia for your viewing pleasure. Give yourself a few hours and don't forget your camera to take plenty of pictures while your there.
  • We loved the fact that there were three different naval vessels to visit. Plus, each vessel had meticulously placed information plaques throughout which made walking through the ship very interesting as we read through everything. The museum was excellent as well. Overall, great value for money. A must do.
  • Lots of history! The best part was being able to go through three different ships. Very easy to spend an entire day here, definitely worth the trip.
  • For the price of admission, you get a museum and a self-guided tour through three incredible warships. What's not to like? This is an understated gem on Buffalo's waterfront, rich with history and educational artifacts for all ages. If you haven't been recently, I'd suggest a trip. Discounts for military and veterans at the desk!
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