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Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

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The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is a 501(c) (3) corporation and was formed and incorporated as an educational institution in the state of NY in 1976 from the New York State Board of Regents. In conjunction with the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park applied to the Department of the Navy for a decommissioned naval vessel.

Buffalo Naval ParkThe Navy agreed and donated to the City of Buffalo the destroyer USS THE SULLIVANS, designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior in 1986 and the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Little Rock in 1977. The Park opened to the public in 1979.  The Park initially included a Visitors’ Center, which was constructed with Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency funding.  The Park acquired the WWII submarine USS Croaker (SSK-246) in 1989 and, in 2008, this submarine was added to the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  Due to the construction on the Inner Harbor project in 1999, the ships were moved to their current location in 2003.

In 2008 with funding by the Empire State Development Corporation, the Park expanded to an outside exhibit area and a new museum building and gift shop.   Over many years, the Park obtained many artifacts related to all branches of the Armed Forces. The Park’s collection today includes the three naval vessels, a X-Ron 1 Rotocycle Helicopter, Army M-41 tank, Marine M-84 Armored Personnel Carrier, UH1 “Huey” Helicopter, Air Force F-101F Voodoo Fighter Interceptor Jet, PTF-17 PT Boat Navy FJ-4B Fury Jet, and a P-39 Airacobra. In addition, there are extensive displays including Marine Corps memorabilia, Polish Armed Forces, Vietnam Veterans, models of military vehicles, and Western NY Medal of Honor Recipients.


To foster the development in the community of an appreciation of the US Armed Forces by promoting visits to the Park and by taking part in activities related directly or indirectly to military affairs (Honor Veterans).

To promote and foster an interest in historic Armed Forces artifacts of this nation (Inspire Citizens).



Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Definitely a must see when you are in the area! Pretty cool we have these ships and submarine right here in Buffalo. Cool to walk around, learn history and explore! Only negative I have is that veterans are not free. At least allow retired military personnel a discount or something. Especially those in the Navy who did tours on these or similar ships.

Christina DeLeon

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of fun activities to do here and Canal Side. Paddle boating was a blast, and inexpensive for 20 minutes of fun. There is a large selection of food, even a wonderful hotdog vendor for a quick bite! The ships are massive, and one price allows a tour of three ships and the submarine. There are also beautiful tributes to those who were lost in battle as well. Both family, and couple friendly!

Jordan Rogowski

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This is one of the more interesting tours/museums that I’ve never done. If you’ve wondered what life was like on a 1950s-era submarine or an old naval destroyer, you’ll get to see pretty much every area and aspect of these ships. Bunks, galleys, torpedo launch stations, the bridge, engine room, it’s all here and with no shortage of accompanying historical information. Just be warned — some VERY tight spaces on the ships so if you have trouble getting around or climbing over things, this may not be the tour for you.

Nichole Cantone

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Very nice experience. I appreciate that this boat tour had less restrictions than others I've been on. It was a learning experience for my kids to actually sit in the bunk and eating areas. Being able to walk through so many areas of the boats were very fascinating.

Eric Johnson

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Excellent maritime museum. Admission is very reasonable. The admission covers a self guided walking tour aboard 3 ships. Since I'm a history buff, I especially enjoyed the tour. Nearby restaurants prices, I would consider to be reasonable in price and menu selection.

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