Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- After celebrating a record-setting attendance year, due in part to the success of Canalside, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will open its 33rd season this weekend.
According to a news release issued Friday:
The park remains dedicated to “remembering history and honoring today”, while it looks forward to increased visitation by Americans and other visitors who are anxious to see recent improvements and renovations and those still to come. Later this spring the park will welcome The Liberty Hound, a new restaurant on the first floor in the museum building.
The largest ship in the Park’s collection is the USS LITTLE ROCK, a 610-foot Guided Missile Cruiser. Decommissioned in 1976, LITTLE ROCK is the only Guided Missile Cruiser on display in the United States. Today, the main deck is used for many private parties and special events.
The most famous of the ships, however, is USS THE SULLIVANS, a destroyer named for the five Sullivan brothers who enlisted in the Navy and served together aboard the cruiser USS JUNEAU. They died in 1942 when JUNEAU was sunk by a Japanese submarine near Guadalcanal.
There is also the USS CROAKER, a submarine that was added to the Park’s collection in 1988, after many years of service, including six war patrols in the Pacific. It then carried a complement of 74 enlisted men and seven officers.
Park admission fees are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for ages 6-16, $6.00 for senior citizens. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Special rates are available for school tours and other groups. The Buffalo Naval & Military Park is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM through October 31.