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Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

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Address
Fort Niagara State Park
Youngstown, NY 14174
Latitude 43.261753
Longitude -79.062798

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. The fort was occupied by three nations: France, Great Britain, and the United States. Old Fort Niagara, located at the mouth of the Niagara River, controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. Visitors to the fort today will see the oldest buildings in the Great Lakes region, living history programs, exhibits, and special events.The French established the first post in 1679 and built the impressive "French Castle" in 1726. It still stands today. Britain gained control of the fort in 1759 during the French and Indian War and maintained control throughout the American Revolution, yielding it to the United States in 1796. The fort was captured by the British during the War of 1812 until being ceded again to the United States in 1815 after which time it served as a peaceful border post. Old Fort Niagara served as a training station and active barracks from the Civil War until the last army units were withdrawn in 1963.

Reminder: The Every-Kid-in-a-Park Pass is not accepted at this location


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 169Youngstown, NY 14174

Hours of Operation

  • January - June: 9am-5pm (Closed 1/1)
    July and August: 9 am-7pm
    September - December: 9am-5 pm (Closed 11/27 & 12/25)

    Admissions end 30 minutes prior to closing.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Admission
  • Adults: $12
    Child age 6-12: $8
    Child 5 and under: Free
    Senior and AAA rates: $11/adult, $7/child
    Group rate, adult: $10
    Group rate, child: $7

    The Connect Kids Every-Kid-in-a Park pass does not apply to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

Fri 20 Oct
Fridays on the Frontier
Friday, October 20, 2017
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611 ext 223

This interactive program for 4th and 7th graders immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience American, British and Native American perspectives on the war.

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

 

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Oct
Fridays on the Frontier
Friday, October 27, 2017
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611 ext 223

This interactive program for 4th and 7th graders immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience American, British and Native American perspectives on the war.

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

 

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • Re-enactments