You’ve strolled the Boardwalk. You’ve had your picture taken with Shark Girl by the canals. But have you been to the largest inland naval park in the U.S.? Yep. On Canalside.
The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park features exhibits like Women in the Military and Polish Armed Forces, cool equipment (think helicopters and tanks), and three immense ships to board and explore, including the USS The Sullivans, a National Historic Landmark. Around since 1979, the Park is an historical anchor (pun intended) for the tremendous growth and development happening at Canalside.

Explore this local treasure at The Party in the Park on Tuesday, August 25. Enjoy Live music, food, beer and wine, an auction and raffle, and guided tours of the Naval Park. Your ticket purchase will help underwrite the revitalization of the Park’s ships, the museum and needed landscaping projects.

While you’re at the Party, be sure to take a stroll down the lovely, winding path though Veterans Park. You will pass no fewer than ten memorials: the Vietnam War Monument, the Pearl Harbor Monument, the Submarine Veterans Monument, the Korean War Memorial, the Marine Corp Vets, the Merchant Marine Monument, the Civil War Monument, the Polish WWII Veterans Memorial, the Hispanic Veterans War Memorial and the brand new WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, added just a year ago.
Veterans Walk leads you right to where the Miss Buffalo boards. Book a Landmark Cruise on the Miss Buffalo II, every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm but only through Labor Day, for a narrated, historic tour of Buffalo from the water hosted by Dennis Galucki of C-SAAHN. From there follow the river past the beautiful Test Gardens to The Hatch, recently renovated and getting rave reviews for food. The views are always great. It feels as though you could just reach out and touch the Buffalo Main Lighthouse. Built in 1818, it is the oldest structure still standing in its original location in the area.
Come to the Party in the Park, and see the rest of Canalside. Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront.