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“Self-guided adventure”

Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
Ranked #3 of 151 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Self-guided adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

There was a $10 per adult fee to view two different ships and one submarine. This is a self-guided tour. It is easy to following as they have yellow painted arrows on the ground to help direct you. Best to wear tennis shoes as the steps and entryways are steep and narrow. Small children, older people and very large people may struggle with this aspect. The smell is a bit odd but figuring these exhibits are not really aired out, it is understandable. Museum was small, but good. Area is very family friendly with food, other attractions, river vendors, etc. While I liked this exhibit, I do prefer the air craft carriers as there seems to be more ship to cover and more interesting nooks-n-crannies to view.

Visited August 2014
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Boardman, Ohio
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“Great chance to explore 3 US naval ships”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I always enjoy visiting retired US naval ships (maybe it's that "old ship" smell). This is a notable site because there are three separate US ships on display here, plus a variety of other vehicles. The grounds of the park and the facilities are all top notch. If you are going to visit an old US naval ship, it's always nice to be able to explore it from top to bottom, and that is the case with all of the ships docked here.

The first ship- the USS Sullivans- was my favorite of the three. It was well preserved and the various rooms and compartments had good signage- enough to tell you what the space was used for, but not overwhelming in its detail. About 40 different locations were open to visitors and interpreted.

The second ship- the USS Little Rock- was also enjoyable. It was a little larger than the Sullivans, but had about the same number of open locations. A lot of the space on this ship was taken up by tributes to specific US military units and exhibits about specific conflicts. A lot of these rooms may not be that interesting for the general visitor.

The third ship- the USS Croaker- was the smallest of the three. I've been in many subs from the era before, and all are very similar. It wasn't anything special for me, but if you have never been on a sub before it's a really unique experience- the size of the compartments and hatch doors is incredibly small and has to be seen to be believed.

There is a lot to see here and an interested visitor could easily spend several hours exploring these ships. Don't skip the exhibits upstairs in the visitor center either. There is a well detailed overview of the War of 1812 in western New York. Food is available in a restaurant in the same building.

Parking is a little tricky. Don't use one of the pay lots. There are reserved spaces in the fenced lot across from the entrance to the park. You may have to drive up the adjacent street by the apartment building to find an open gate into this lot.

Visited July 2014
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Buffalo, New York
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Foot of Main St Attractions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Always something to see & do here ( excluding winter). Self paced tours of battleship, cruiser,submarine,PT boat ,etc. Adjacent to Downtown marina, Western terminus of Erie Canal,Canalside, NHL hockey arena, new hotel & hockey rink complex( Harbour Center). This has become the central point of gathering in Buffalo for entertainment. One can rent kayaks on the Buffalo river, take sailings into Lake Erie, water taxi around the waterfront, weekly concerts in the summer as well as other organized activities at Canalside. Worth exploring for sure

Visited August 2014
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Rochester, NY
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have to admit that we kind of rushed through due to limited time and two young children, but what an interesting place to visit! Our kids loved looking at all of the model ships and uniforms. We all enjoyed touring the ships and submarine.

Visited August 2014
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“Enjoyable visit to Naval & Military Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

On a recent 8 day visit to Buffalo my husband, 15 year old grandson and I happened upon the Naval & Military Park. We toured both ships and the submarine, plus the museum. It was a most enjoyable step back into history. Our grandson thoroughly enjoyed seeing the insides of the vessels, particularly the crews' quarters. We at one point joined a group of scouts with a guide and were able to hear some interesting facts. The park is wonderful and the setting, on the waterfront, is lovely.

Visited July 2014
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