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Fort Niagara State Park

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Due to construction of a new state of the art bathhouse, the swimming pool at Ft. Niagara will remain closed this season. Swimming is available at the following nearby beaches: Wilson-Tuscarora and Beaver Island. For more information on the bathhouse project and other exciting news from Ft. Niagara, please click here

Route 18F
Youngstown, NY 14174
Latitude 43.263283
Longitude -79.053886

Fort Niagara State Park has two boat launches providing access to the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario, woodland hiking trails, swimming pools, water slide, a view of Lake Ontario, picnic grounds, playgrounds, water fowl hunting, 18 soccer fields. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and sled. The park is adjacent to Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site. 

Be sure to visit the Fort Niagara's Nature Center, located adjacent to the swimming pool. 

Outdoor education programs are available upon request. "A Walker's Guide to the Natural History of Fort Niagara State Park" is available.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing areas, buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pools, 2017 Season:
  • Boat Launch: Open year round. Sunrise to sunset.
  • Old Fort Niagara
    Jan - June: 9 am - 5 pm.
    July - August: 9 am - 7 pm.
    September - December: 9 am - 5 pm. Closed for decorating before holidays.

    Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.

  • Nature Center Hours: 
    July - Sept. Thursday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Nature Center: 7/3-9/1, Thur-Sun, 12pm-5pm
  • Picnic Shelter: Seasonal use available. Reservations taken beginning 1st business day after January 1.
  • Sledding: Seasonal usage available. Minors under 10 years of age must be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or responsible custodian.
  • Soccer Fields: April - October.
    Reservations taken beginning 1st business day after January 1st.
  • Water fowl hunting is permitted in season.

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.

  • Boat Launch
  • $8
    *Collected via automated pay kiosk
  • Old Fort Niagara
  • $12 Adult
    $8 Children (6-12 yrs)
    Children under 6 Free

    Senior, Passport, AAA

    Group Rate (More than 12 people)
    $10 Adult
    $7 Child
    Please call Old Fort Niagara at 716-745-7611 for more information.

    Toll Booths: 6/18 & 6/19, 6/25 - 9/5 10am - 6pm

    Last admission 30 min. prior to closing.
  • Picnic Shelter
  • $40, $50 or $75.

    Reservations taken beginning first business day after January 1st.
  • Soccer Fields
  • Fees charged for exclusive use only. Vehicle Use Fee charged during summer season.
  • Swimming/Slide/Wading Pool
  • $3 for adults (age 13 and up)
    $1.50 Children 6-12
    Children 5 and under Free
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $8 per vehicle *pool additional
    Non-Profit Buses $35
    Commercial Buses $75
Fri 03 Nov
Then & Now Photography Hiking Series
Friday, November 3, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Everything changes! Learn about history and enjoy a relaxing photography hike to some of our favorite scenic spots. Compare historic photos to what you see before you and photos you capture along the way.

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Nov
Night Sky Over Niagara
Friday, November 17, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fort Niagara State Park
(716) 282-5154

Be sure to dress for the weather and come view the night skies over Fort Niagara with a chance to see the shooting stars of the Leonids Meteor Shower.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Educational Services * Seasonal nature center.
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Swimming Pool
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing