Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo

(4.7/5 based on 650+ 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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  • Visiting the ships is informative and fun. For a small fee, visitors can come aboard and inspect throughout. The guided missle cruiser, USS Little Rock offers a "follow the footsteps", which is great ...  more »
  • Lots of narrow, steep stairs. Not everyone can complete a tour in its intirity of the both ships and submarine. I give those retired navel tour guides all the credit in the world! The ships are steel....  more »
  • My husband and I have been here before and found it quite educational, so I decided to bring my nephews (11 & 9), along with my sister. The boys had a blast climbing through the ships and the submarin...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing! The ability to tour every part of these amazing ships made it totally worth the price of admission. Make sure you schedule a few hours as it takes a while! The war of 1812 exhibition needs some work, but the ships are amazing! I'll definitely be coming back to visit next time I'm in Buffalo!
  • 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!
  • I can't say how much I was surprised and pleased with my tour of this place. For children, of the current age, they might find it a little underwhelming if they're expecting multi-media. However, in my opinion this is the place to come to show off to family and friends. The tour is inexpensive and the museum is well worth the few dollars it costs.Open to the public and highly recommended - I will return.
  • Great area for both kids and adults. The ships you can tour are excellent and fun to explore. Fun and informative. There are also some great memorials in the park to stop and pay tribute.
  • I always enjoyed touring and exploring these ships. Do watch your knees going through the hatchways, especially on the USS Croaker (submarine). Some places get really tight and cramped to walk through.