BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The tall ships sail into Buffalo starting July 4th and with that an expected 100,000 visitors are expected to come take in the view over the four days of the event.
"What we're planning on doing is helping the Buffalo community to reconnect with it's maritime history," Paula Blanchard, co-chair of Basil Port of Call Buffalo, said.
Mike Vogel, host port organizer of Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2019 added, "This is going to be the largest gathering of working sail in the harbor in probably 125-150 years."
The Queen City is a host port for the historic fleet with the 12 tall ships calling Erie Basin Marina home from July 4-7. A full schedule of events can be found here.
"We're asking people not to drive directly to Canalside because that would result in gridlock," Vogel said. Marie Drive and Erie Street will be closed with limited access. However, for those that plan on driving, there are 14,000 sports designated for the event. There are even two lots near all the action at Admirals Walk and La Riviere Drive.
If you plan on ridesharing, there will be a ride hailing zone on Scott Street between Washington and Michigan. Another option is "rail to sail." Erie Canal Harbor Station is just steps away and is free up to Fountain Plaza Station.