Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park

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1 Naval Park Cove

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Museums, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park is a must-do for those interested in military history (or those with kids who like big boats and helicopters). The park contains two ships, a submarine and a handful of helicopters, plus a number of well-designed exhibits on everything from POWs to Marine Corps memorabilia.

One TripAdvisor user says that the park was definitely worth the $10 admission price: "Explore navy ships, and take a step back in time. … Overheard two kids 8 or 9-ish saying how cool it was."

Between April and October, the park is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rest of the year, it is closed except for a few days around Thanksgiving. Ticket prices for adults are $10, while seniors and kids between the ages of 6 and 16 are charged $6. You'll find the park in downtown Buffalo at the intersection of Pearl Street and Marine Drive. For more information, visit the website.

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