Traffic, Parking a Challenge at Canalside on 4th of July

As Tall Ships sail in, organizers recommend public transit

Tom Puckett
July 03, 2019 - 4:00 am

Tall Ships (Photo via Tall Ships America)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) If your holiday weekend plans include a stop at Canalside to check out the Tall Ships, organizers say beat the traffic jam by using park and ride lots.

"It's going to be really different from a regular day," says Kim Reynolds of Port of Call Buffalo. "Instead of sitting back and waiting for traffic jams to happen, we are being proactive so we have street closures that will be happening and we'll be encouraging people to use park and ride the rails," explains Reynolds. "The best way is to park along Main Street, about a block away from the NFTA stations and take the (Metro Rail) in."

Reynolds says paid parking will be available in the lots at Waterfront Village, 50 Lakefront Blvd. Erie Street and part of Marine Drive will be closed to all but residents, marina slip holders, and shuttle buses. Sail-away customers and restaurant patrons can use the pay-to-park lots at Waterfront Village. Trailered boats will not be allowed on Erie Street. Sail-away ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 60 minutes prior to ship departure.

Reynolds notes heading to Canalside the best way is to get off at the Elm Street exit of the 190 (Exit 6) or if traveling on Route 33, use Goodell St. exit to Main Street for various parking and Metro Rail options. "Find your way over to Main Street. Just avoid the Skyway, Ohio Street, the back side of Canalside," advises Reynolds.

Safety and security will be tight, since this is a federally-designated Marine Event of National Significance. A list of prohibited items is posted at and at the ticketed-area screening gates near the ships; such items can be returned to the car or thrown out at the gates. Prohibited items include backpacks, umbrellas and selfie sticks, food and liquids (including full water bottles), and coolers (except for baby or medical supplies). Hand bags and camera bags will be checked. Strollers are not allowed aboard ships, but can be left at the gangways.


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