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Buffalo Naval Park
Ethan Crist
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Buffalo Naval Park

Naval and Seaman museum on the shore of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York

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 USS Little Rock, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans, and the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public for tours.

Planning your Visit

The Buffalo Naval Park is a top family destination in Western, New York, located on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo. The military park is the largest inland naval park in the United States. Explore the grounds, board the historic ships and enjoy historic exhibits and displays commemorating the sacrifice and history of our Armed Forces.

How to Get Here

We are located in downtown Buffalo’s Canalside district, within Lake Erie’s Inner Harbor at the foot of Pearl & Main Streets.  We are right in between the Key Bank Center and HarborCenter hockey complex and the Erie Basin Marina.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park
One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202


From the North: Take I-190 South into downtown Buffalo. Take the Niagara St. exit. Turn right on Niagara St., and right again on S. Elmwood, which turns into Lower Terrace after the Church St. intersection.

From the South/West; Take I-90 East to I-190 North into downtown Buffalo. Take the Church St. exit. Turn right on Lower Terrace (first intersection) and right again on Pearl St.

From the East:  Take I-90 West to Route 33 (The Kensington Expressway).  Take Route 33 into downtown Buffalo and exit to Goodell St.  Bear left on Pearl St. and continue until it ends at the park.

Buffalo’s Waterfront

The Inner Harbor and Canalside District host hundreds of events throughout the year, from A-list outdoor concerts to cultural/heritage festivals to kid-friendly activities. Buffalo’s inner and outer harbor also offer trails for hiking, biking and birdwatching, and both host bustling marinas for avid boaters. There’s also a national test garden and an observation tower with fantastic views of the city and Lake Erie.

In addition, not only can you tour WWII warships, but you can learn how Buffalo helped shape the country as the western terminus of the Erie Canal.



Our overnight adventures are quite an experience! Step back in history as you explore the decks of the USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and the USS Croaker. Learn about the men who served aboard these mighty ships. Sleep in the bunks of the USS Little Rock where real sailors slept. Experience what one night aboard the ship would have felt like for these sailors during your stay with us.

The Spring encampment season starts the first weekend in April through the second weekend in June. The Fall encampment season starts mid-September through the weekend before Thanksgiving. Arrival at the Naval Park for Saturday Night Encampments should be between 4:00 and 4:30 PM to ensure adequate time for the check-in process.

Reservations can be taken by email at or telephone, please call 716-847-1773 ext. 27. Cost for an encampment is $55.00 per person, which includes dinner, breakfast, and a tour of the Naval & Military Park. Parking is located on Erie Boulevard at the north end of Marine Drive (we share the lot with the Miss Buffalo cruise boat customers).

To download encampment forms, click links below:

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Phone Number(716) 847-1773
StreetOne Naval Park Cove
StateNew York
Zipcode/Postal Code14202
CountryUnited States
LocationWestern New York
Season/Time of Yearyear round

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