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Anchored by the flagship Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the country, the Niagara Region takes advantage of its location along two Great Lakes to offer visitors scenery, history and top-notch recreation.

Nothing will prepare you for your first visit to the spectacular, iconic Niagara Falls, the heart and soul of Niagara Falls State Park. For a complete Niagara experience, board the famous Maid of the Mist boats to bring you front and center to the roaring falls. Afterwards, descend down into the gorge for the Cave of the Winds attraction within arm's reach of the thundering waters.

Anglers will flock to the Niagara Gorge salmon run at Whirlpool and Devil's Hole State parks, both with trails that travel 300 feet down into the gorge. Nearby along the Niagara River is Earl W. Brydges Artpark,devoted to the visual and performing arts.

Fort Niagara State Park has access via two boat launches to the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, trails, swimming pools, playing fields and tennis courts. Adjacent to the park is Old Fort Niagara State Historic Siteone of the oldest structures on the Great Lakes.  Built in 1724, the fort now offers tours, programs and re-enactments.

Thousands enjoy lakeside camping, especially at Four Mile Creek, Golden Hills and Evangola State Parks, with lodging ranging from campsites and cabins to yurts or even a lighthouse to stay in! 

Check out the Buffalo waterfront and gorgeous Lake Erie at Buffalo Harbor State Park. With a 1000-slip marina, playground, dining and special events, the newest state park is not to be missed.

If you appreciate design, do not miss the Darwin Martin House Complex, one of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s most celebrated Prairie-style homes.Nearby, Beaver Island State Park offers a marina on the Niagara River, an 18-hole golf course, and a half-mile swimming beach.  In the charming village of East Aurora sits Knox Farm State Park, a 633-acre former horse farm with variety of habitat for hiking, biking, horseback riding, or enjoying nature.